This is a compilation of information around the web about Clemson’s Proday. The Proday reporting isn’t great but with diligence and free time I’ve scrounged up the very best of information about Clemson’s Proday from around the web. Interestingly Rex Ryan was running some of the drills (most notably of potential first round pick OLB Andre Branch).
Dwayne Allen might have resurrected his stock a bit at Clemson’s proday. Interestingly Allen chose not to run the 40 yard dash despite his disappointing performance at the combine
Allen, who clocked an unimpressive 4.89 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis last month, didn’t even run the 40 this time.
“I’m not a track guy — I’m a football player,” Allen said. “Just watch me on film. If you watch me on film, I play way faster, and that’s all that matters.” Many of the 44 NFL personnel on hand for Allen’s workout might agree, including New York Jets coach Rex Ryan, who met with Allen at the combine and was present again at Clemson. Allen, the reigning Mackey Award winner who is forgoing his senior season to enter the draft, still projects as one of if not the top tight end available. He had 50 catches, including eight for touchdowns, last season, and although he may not be the fastest straight-line runner, some consider him to be the best combination of size, speed, hands and blocking ability.
I still like Allen and he remains as he has always been a fringe first round prospect because of his size/strength combo and most importantly is body control. Allen does a terrific job positioning his body away from the defender and catching the ball in space. He should also be a plus blocker at the N.F.L.level.
given his excellent workout Thursday while going through full positional drills. Most impressive, for a 260-pound tight end, was Allen’s display of excellent foot quickness and body control getting in and out of his cuts while running good routes. Reinforcing what we saw on film, Allen’s soft, yet strong handsshowed up as he plucked pass after pass away from his body throughout the workout.
Thompson, a 316 pounds, ran a 4.9-second time in the 40, a performance that brought cheers and calls of congratulations. “I think I helped myself,” Thompson said.
Andre Branch also looked solid in position drills. The college defensive end was put through a battery of linebacker drills by the New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, and for the most part looked solid. Though Branch was overthinking at times, the scouts on hand were impressed with his athleticism and movement skills. He’s locked himself up as someone who will go in the top half of the second
Cornerback Coty Sensabaugh also drew positive reviews for his positional work. The senior stood on his combine 40 time of 4.42 seconds but looked smooth and crisp in defensive back drills.
Two offensive linemen also looked solid. Landon Walker, who was not invited to the combine, ran 5.30 seconds in the 40 after completing 32 reps on the bench. He and teammate Antoine McClain showed terrific power in drills and the ability to quickly move their feet.