Several big pro days took place today as Nevada, Northern Iowa, and Toledo prospects worked out in advance of the NFL Draft. Here are some news and rumors from the three pro days, including some info on Nevada quarterback Carson Strong and Northern Iowa’s Trevor Penning.
NFL Pro Day News and Rumors: Nevada’s Carson Strong struggles with accuracy
There was a decent crowd on hand for the Nevada Pro Day, including tight end coaches for the Arizona Cardinals and Cincinnati Bengals. It was a display of offensive firepower.
Tight end Cole Turner stood on his NFL Combine 40-yard dash but timed 6.97 in the three-cone and 4.21 in the short shuttle. He looked good in position drills and caught everything thrown to him. Obviously, the Bengals and Cardinals were in attendance for Turner.
I received a variety of opinions on Carson Strong, but the overriding theme was what I expected. He threw great deep passes but was inaccurate on the shorter throws and still needs to learn touch. One scout on hand told me outright he thought Strong struggled. This is a continuation of Strong’s performance from our daily reports at Senior Bowl practice.
Receiver Romeo Doubs, who only did the vertical jump at the Combine, did not run today. I’m told Doubs tweaked a knee prior to Indianapolis and hopes to work out for teams either the first or second week of April.
Trevor Penning continues to impress
There was a big crowd on hand for the Northern Iowa Pro Day, including general managers of the Tennessee Titans and Washington Commanders as well as offensive line coaches for the Titans, Cincinnati Bengals, Baltimore Ravens, and New Orleans Saints.
As I posted on Twitter, offensive tackle Trevor Penning recorded 29 reps on the bench and looked terrific in position drills. Penning continues to ascend up draft boards, and there’s no way he lasts to the Titans’ selection at 26. I could see the Ravens selecting Penning at 14 with their need at right tackle, even after signing Morgan Moses.
I’ve reported for a long time now that Joe Douglas and the Jets are really high on Penning, but I highly doubt they take him at 10. I received no word of Jets higher-ups attending the workout. Of course, Jets offensive line coach John Benton was arrested on a DUI charge last Thursday, so it’s doubtful he would’ve traveled to the workout.
Receiver Isaiah Weston timed 4.35 in the short shuttle and 7.15 in the three-cone. Weston stood on his Combine 40 time of 4.39. He met extensively with the Saints as well as the Los Angeles Chargers, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Detroit Lions.
Toledo defensive backs showed out at pro day
26 teams were on hand for the Toledo Pro Day, including defensive back coaches from the Bengals and Dallas Cowboys.
Safety Tycen Anderson stood on his Combine 40 time (4.36) but touched 37 inches in the vertical jump. The Dallas Cowboys, a team in eternal need of a safety, could look towards Anderson on Day 3.
Toldeo’s other defensive back, Sam Womack, looked very good. Slight of size, he measured 5’9 1/2″, 190 pounds, touched 36 inches in the vertical jump, and 9’10” in the broad jump.