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Pro Day roundup: Week ending March 17

The Sports Xchange

March 18, 2018 at 12:31 pm.

A few of the top quarterback prospects — UCLA’s Josh Rosen, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph — made headlines at Pro Days last week.

But there were also some intriguing under-the-radar workouts from last week, including the following five:

–Running back Ralph Webb ran for a Vanderbilt-record 4,173 yards in four seasons but appears to be fighting to get into the late rounds. He helped himself by turning in 27 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press at the team’s Pro Day, which would have been the third-best result among running backs at the Combine behind Georgia’s Nick Chubb and Penn State’s Saquon Barkley (29 each).

“I knew I was going to kill the bench,” Webb said. “I’ve always been pretty strong, one of the strongest guys on the team. I figured I’d get about 25-27 reps.”

Webb also posted a 36-inch vertical and reported 4.48 seconds in the 40-yard dash to help turn scouts’ heads and make them perhaps look past his squatty 5-foot-9, 200-pound frame.

“I’ve got great tape,” he said. “I know I can run the ball.”

–Oregon cornerback Arrion Springs wasn’t invited to the NFL Scouting Combine last month, although he led the Pac-12 with 19 passes defended last season. Springs, who entered the Ducks’ Pro Day as a seventh-round prospect according to NFLDraftScout.com, helped himself with a pair of sub-4.5 40s, according to Oregon, which also reported he ran under 4.4 seconds on some hand times.

“They thought I was a 4.5, 4.6 guy,” Springs said. “… All the teams told my agent, ‘If you want to be a draft pick, you gotta run like one.’ ”

–Nebraska’s Tanner Lee has a big arm, but his college career — which started at Tulane — was marked by issues with accuracy, interceptions and below-average athleticism. But did we mention he has a big arm? The raw physical tools make him a late-round prospect.

He was quoted in the Omaha World-Herald as feeling good about his Pro Day.

“I felt it was a pretty solid performance,” Lee said. “We got to throw really anything we wanted to. We got to throw short, intermediate routes and finish with the deep ball and things like that. Anything that plays to your strengths, so we made our own script. So it was good in that way.”

–Wisconsin’s Natrell Jamerson posted a 38-inch vertical at Pro Day, a 2 1/2-inch improvement from his Combine effort. Currently listed as a seventh-round prospect by NFLDraftScout.com, Jamerson’s athletic ability (4.4 seconds in the 40 at the Combine) should make him a coveted late-round prospect who can at least fill a special teams role in 2018.

–Central Michigan defensive end Joe Ostman needed a big Pro Day after not being invited to the Combine, and the 259-pounder showed his versatility by working out at end, middle linebacker and outside linebacker. The first-team All-MAC performer made 14 sacks and 20 tackles for loss last season.

His seventh-round grade from NFLDraftScout.com could be on the rise after his workout, which included a reported 31 reps on the bench and a vertical jump of 36.5 inches.

 

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