Alabama, USC and Wisconsin held Pro Day workouts on campus for NFL coaches and scouts today.
It’s significant, because Alabama had nine draft-eligible prospects invited the NFL Scouting Combine last month, Wisconsin eight and USC seven.
Here’s rundown on how each event went:
Alabama – Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com says the Crimson Tide’s Pro Day was most notable for those players who didn’t work out: “Something was missing. Or was it someone? Somehow, there wasn’t much of a buzz Wednesday at Alabama’s Pro Day. Running back Trent Richardson wasn’t there. Neither were two former Alabama teammates: safety Mark Barron and outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw. All but two of the 32 teams were represented at an event at which 14 members of the Crimson Tide’s 2011 national championship team performed, but head coaches and all but three general managers stayed away. The Bears and Rams were the teams not represented.”
USC – The Sports Xchange says the biggest day in LA belonged to two of the biggest Trojans: “Offensive tackle Matt Kalil and defensive end Nick Perry, ranked in NFLDraftScout.com’s top 32 with Kalil in the top five of Rob Rang’s Big Board, did some position drills but did not replicate any of their NFL combine work because they were pleased with their initial results. ‘These drills come easy to me,’ said Kalil, who is projected to be the third pick in the NFL draft. ‘It’s cool to look at (mock drafts). But anything can happen on draft day.’”
Wisconsin – Tom Pauline at SI.com says guard Kevin Zeitler upstaged some of his more-publicized teammates in Madison: “The star of the workout was guard Kevin Zeitler, who looked tremendous in position drills. The dominant run blocker showed terrific power in bag drills and easily moved about the field during motion drills. After his workout those in attendance used words such as “outstanding” and “beastly” to describe Zeitler, who’s swiftly rising up boards. The Badger senior has locked himself up as a top-45 choice and there’s a feeling he could slide into the late part of Round 1.”
The University of Washington holds it Pro Day tomorrow, and we’ll be there to report on the activities.