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2016 NFL Draft: Recapping first week of Pro Day workouts

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The first week of pro days had some big ones, including Alabama, Clemson, and Ohio State. Lets take a look back at how the prospects performed.

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Somewhat lost in the buzz surrounding the opening of free agency, especially considering the splashes made by the New York Giants, the fact that the draft process continues to march on has gone a bit forgotten.

But it has, and the Giants' scouts have descended on colleges around the country as some of the top prospects in the draft had their workouts in the first week of pro days. Let's recap and see what we missed while the Giants were signing free agents.

Eastern Kentucky (3/4)

Noah Spence was dinged mightily for his disappointing combine workout, going from a top-10 pick to out of the first round in some cases. It later came to light that he was working through the effects of a hamstring injury suffered at the Senior Bowl, and may have been one of the prospects (and scouts, and coaches) to come down with the stomach flu while at the Combine. He redeemed himself somewhat with a good performance in the positional drills and improving his 40 time despite cold, rainy, and generally miserable conditions.

Oklahoma State (3/8)

Emmanuel Ogbah largely stood on the numbers from his stand-out Combine performance. He did run a 4.59-second short shuttle at the pro day, .09 seconds slower than his time at the Combine. Scouts had Ogbah do both defensive line and linebacker drills, and he reportedly performed much better in the defensive line drills. The Giants have reportedly shown interest in Ogbah.

Alabama (3/9)

As usual, the Alabama pro day was buzzing with future NFL players and current NFL talent evaluators. Both Jarran Reed -- who the Giants met with at the Senior Bowl -- and A'Shawn Robinson reportedly had very strong workouts. Linebacker Reggie Ragland reportedly looked fluid in drills but timed a disappointing 7.55 when asked to do the 3-cone drill. Cornerback Cyrus Jones had a strong workout as well and brings special teams upside as well as good cover skills.

Mississippi State (3/10)

Defensive lineman Chris Jones stood on his combine times except for the vertical, where he jumped 29 1/2". He performed very well in his positional workout, with some scouts reportedly saying that he looked like a "first rounder." The Giants met with Jones at the Scouting Combine. They met with corner Taveze Calhoun at the pro day, who reportedly stood out in positional drills and put up a 35 1/2" vertical jump.

Clemson (3/10)

The Giants met with EDGE player Shaq Lawson at the Combine, where he put on an impressive workout, and he performed well in defensive line drills but struggled when put through the linebacker drills. His linemate, Kevin Dodd, didn't work out at the Combine due to a hamstring strain he suffered in the 40-yard dash, but did work out at the pro day and impressed scouts with his athleticism and fluidity. He reportedly did well in both the defensive end and linebacker drills and has scouts wondering how high in the first round he could go.

Ohio State (3/11)

Described on the NFL Network as the "Oscars" of the draft, the Ohio State Pro Day was replete with NFL talent. By all reports, Ezekiel Elliott stole the show with an outstanding workout and showed improved hands over the combine. Receiver Michael Thomas ran disappointingly at the Combine but made up for it by (reportedly) running a sub-4.4 second 40 at the pro day, in addition to running crisp routes and catching the ball well. Braxton Miller also impressed with his workout and turned a 4.3 40-yard dash as well. Both receivers are expected to be Day 2 selections, and could both be early second round picks.

Linebacker Darron Lee also had a good workout, with some scouts believing that he has cemented himself as a top-15 selection, one scout telling Tony Pauline of Draft Insider that Lee is a "Dynamic athlete and a good-looking football player. In the right system with proper coaching, he has Pro Bowl potential."