Proday reporting isn’t the greatest, but here is some news I could find on the two prodays of note on Monday: Iowa’s and Arizona’s.
There is only one first round prospect between the two schools and that is Iowa OL Riley Reiff. But there are a lot of solid mid-round range prospects who have such a wide draft range. Does a team fall in love with Nick Foles and take him as high as second round? Juron Criner has second round ability, just not second round speed.
The two Arizona prospects had their eye on were WR Juron Criner and QB Nick Foles.
As for his much-maligned workout numbers, Foles improved pretty much across the board on Monday, as he said he ran in the 4.95 range and improved his vertical to 33.5 inches. Frank Scelfo, Foles’ former position coach at the UA, conducted the workouts for Foles and the receivers and said the 40-yard dash is irrelevant in his opinion.
There were many notables in attendance to observe the talent in Iowa with the strongest contingent being from the Kansas City Chiefs. Representing the Chiefs at Iowa’s Pro Day were: General Manager Scott Pioli, Head Coach Romeo Crennel, offensive line coach Jack Bicknell and wide receivers coach Nick Sirianni.
Others notables at the Hawkeyes Pro Day were: Bengals defensive backs coach Mark Carrier, Dolphins offensive line coach Jim Taylor, Packers General Manager Ted Thompson, Panthers Director of College Scouting Dan Gregory, Steelers Director of Football Operations Kevin Colbert and offensive line coach Sean Kugler, and Vikings Director of College Scouting Scott Studwell and offensive line coach Ryan Silverfield.
The more you hear from scouts the less likely it seems that Riley Reiff will be drafted as a LT in the N.F.L.
Reiff did not look like a premier athlete worthy of a top 10 pick. At 312 pounds, he looked the same as he did at the Combine, a little fleshy with a bit of a gut. He did 26 reps on the bench press and had a 29 1/2-inch vertical jump. His positional workout was solid and he showed the strength and hand use that NFL teams expected, but he also displayed a narrow base and was slightly straight-legged in drills. As a result, he leaned and reached more than expected from a top athlete. Despite the so-so workout, Reiff will still be drafted in the first round.
Offensive tackle Riley Reiff was the obvious star attraction. He improved in the bench press (26 reps at 225 pounds Monday) after registering 23 in Indianapolis and also improved three inches in the vertical jump (29.5 on Monday). Reiff also focused on wowing coaches with his quick feet and technique during blocking drills.
Tyler Nielsen, LB (6-3 3/8, 237) — Nielsen posted 4.64 and 4.66 40-yard dashes, a 37-inch vertical jump, 9-8 broad jump, 4.47 short shuttle, and a 7.13 three-cone. He showed off a polished technique in position drills.
Shaun Prater, CB (5-10 1/4, 192) — Prater ran 4.48 and 4.49 40-yard dashes and a 4.29 short shuttle, but he did not do position workouts because of a bad knee.
This one says 4.49 Tony Pauline says scout had him at 4.39. Big difference.