Despite the free agent frenzy that went on today, pro day workouts were still taking place around the country. Here’s a look at some news and rumors from the Georgia Tech and Westen Michigan Pro Days.
NFL Pro Day News and Rumors: Georgia Tech’s Tariq Carpenter and Devin Cochran impressed
Tariq Carpenter had a terrific workout measuring 6’2 7/8″ and 230 pounds. He touched 39 inches in the vertical jump, 11’5″ in the broad jump, and timed the 40-yard dash in 4.47 seconds. A safety at Georgia Tech, teams have placed Carpenter on their linebacker board.
Offensive tackle Devin Cochran measured 6’7 1/8″, 306 pounds, and had an arm length of 35 5/8″. He completed 23 reps on the bench and timed 5.08 in the 40-yard dash, with a 10-yard split of 1.76. Cochran recorded a 30-inch vertical, 9’4″ broad, 4.76 short shuttle, and 7.70 three-cone.
Cochran is a prospect that’s been on my radar since his days at Vanderbilt. He’s an athletic tackle with an upside who shows flashes of dominance. However, there were times when he looked like he’d rather be someplace other than the football field. If he focuses on football, Cochran will be an absolute steal at some point late in the draft or as a UDFA. Additionally, I’m told the New York Giants like Cochran an awful lot.
Offense showed up at Westen Michigan’s Pro Day
Eleby, who did not run the 40-yard dash at the Combine, timed just under 4.9 seconds today. He then tossed 58 passes during position drills and looked good throughout, showing the ability to make all the throws. As someone on hand told me, “The connection between Eleby and Moore is sweet.” Moore stood on his 40 time from the Combine but was smooth catching passes. The Houston Texans and New England Patriots had their quarterback coaches on hand.
Pass rusher Ali Fayad had a solid day as well. He measured 6’2″ and 248 pounds. Fayad completed 28 reps on the bench press, touched 32.5 inches in the vertical jump and 9’4″ in the broad jump, and ran a 4.8 40-yard dash — a mark he was disappointed in.
The Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans, and Kansas City Chiefs all put Fayad through position work which is relevant to the defenses run by each team. So too did the Detroit Lions, who are bringing Fayad in for an official visit.