Another week of Pro Days is in the books and we're another week closer to the 2016 NFL Draft. The New York Giants have been active this week, attending and meeting with prospects from Boston College to Sacramento State.
LSU -- Linebacker Deion Jones and safety Jalen Mills starred in the Tigers' Pro Day. Mills first made waves by bringing his 4.6-second combine 40 time down to a much more respectable 4.50 seconds. Then Jones stole the show by running in the high 4.3's to low 4.4's dramatically improving his time from the combine. [Jalen Mills Prospect Profile][Deion Jones Prospect Profile]
The big question mark is former LSU corner Rashard Robinson who -- among many others -- became ill at the combine. His Pro Day workout was much closer to expected, and he ran in the low 4.4's. Robinson was one of the rising stars as a cover corner but was dismissed from the school. We heard previously that the Giants have some level of interest in the former Tiger [Prospect Profile]
Cincinnati -- Wide receivers' coach Adam Henry was in attendance, likely there to scout receivers Chris Moore, Mekale McKay, and Johnny Holton. Moore and McKay are bigger bodied receivers who could prove to be explosive down-field and red zone targets. Moore was consistently productive for the Bearcats and reportedly looked good in position drills. McKay showed off a tremendous catch radius, posting a 37.5-inch vertical jump to go with his 6-foot-4 frame. Both could be mid-round selections.
Sacramento State -- The Giants were on hand to watch offensive lineman Lars Hanson's workout. Hanson is generally thought of as practice squad developmental prospect. He looks the part of an NFL lineman, measuring 6-6, 310 pounds, ran a 5.2 sec 40 yard dash, and bench pressed 225 pounds 28 times.
UCLA - All 32 teams were in attendance to watch Myles Jack work out, but had to come away just a bit disappointed when he put off his 40-yard dash until April 1. He did do on-field drills and reportedly looked fast and agile. In the absence of Jack's complete workout, outside linebacker Aaron Wallace put on a show. Not invited to the combine, the 6-3, 240-pound linebacker had an impressive workout, running in the high 4.4's to low 4.5's, a 3-cone drill of 7.35, a short shuttle of 4.27, a vertical jump of 36" inches, a broad jump of 10 feet 10 inches and bench pressing 225 pounds 25 times.
Wallace only has one year of starting experience in college, but some believe he could have starter upside with some development.
Georgia -- As we reported earlier, Jerry Reese, Marc Ross, and Bill McGovern were in attendance at Georgia's Pro Day. They were likely there to scout Leonard Floyd, but Floyd had his workout cut short by food poisoning.
Baylor -- All 32 teams were on hand for the Baylor Bears' pro day. Baylor boasts some of the most intriguing prospects in the draft in Corey Coleman, Andrew Billings, and Shawn Oakman.
Coleman showed off his blazing speed by timing 4.37 in the 40-yard dash to go with his combine measurements of 10 feet 9 inches on the broad jump and 40.5 inches on the vertical. Coaches may be worried about his transition from Baylor's simple offense, but scouts can't help but be intrigued by his physical skills, which compare to DeSean Jackson or Emmanuel Sanders.
Shawn Oakman showed up at 289 pounds and was timed at 4.80 seconds in the 40-yard dash, improving on his combine time of 4.96. Athleticism isn't Oakman's issue, however. Scouts remain divided and concerned by his inconsistent and unrefined game tape. He boasts outstanding physical tools but doesn't yet seem to know how to use them.
Andrew Billings showed some impressive movement skills for a player who was largely relegated to playing nose tackle in college.
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Michigan State -- All 32 teams were in attendance for the Spartans' Pro Day. Both Jack Conklin [Prospect Profile] and Shilique Calhoun were reportedly impressive in their drills. Calhoun reportedly performed both linebacker and defensive end drills. Given the Giants' need at both offensive tackle and edge rusher, they were likely keenly interested in both prospects.
Penn State -- With defensive linemen like Carl Nassib, Austin Johnson, and Anthony Zettle, the Giants were sure to be in attendance. What was surprising was that they reportedly spent time with quarterback Christian Hackenberg. Hackenberg was thought of as a potential first overall pick after his fantastic freshman year.
Most eyes were trained on Hackenberg, but there were reports that Penn State's defensive linemen did "move well."
William and Mary - Tony Pauline of Draft Insiders is reporting that the Giants spent time with linebacker Luke Rhodes, who also spent time with the Arizona Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys, and Atlanta Falcons. Measuring in at 5-11/2, 236 pounds, he ran a 4.64-second 40-yard dash, had a vertical jump of 35 inches, a broad jump of 9 feet, 10 inches, and benched pressed 225 pounds 29 times.