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Western Michigan & Tennessee Pro Day 2021: D’Wayne Eskridge, other prospects impress

The 2021 Tennessee and Western Michigan Pro Days featured prospects D’Wayne Eskridge and Trey Smith. Who improved their 2021 NFL Draft stock?

Western Michigan & Tennessee Pro Day 2021: DWayne Eskridge, other prospects impress
Aug 31, 2018; Kalamazoo, MI, USA; Western Michigan Broncos wide receiver D'Wayne Eskridge (7) celebrates after official review confirms his touchdown during the third quarter against the Syracuse Orange at Waldo Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Let’s break down the 2021 Western Michigan and Tennessee Pro Days and the NFL Draft prospects that took part in the events, including a potential Day 2 pick in D’Wayne Eskridge. Stay tuned for updates and buzz from the pro day circuit — bookmark us to stay up with all the latest!

Tennessee Pro Day Report 2021: Trey Smith will “be a steal on Day 2”

24 teams were on hand for the Tennessee Pro Day, including some heavy hitters. They were on hand to watch several sleepers, including one very underrated offensive lineman.

The list of people on hand included: Washington Football Team vice president of personnel Marty Hurney, Tennessee Titans general manager Jon Robinson and head coach Mike Vrabel, Philadelphia Eagles director of scouting Alan Wolking, New England Patriots offensive line coach Carmen Bricillo, Reggie McKenzie of the Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals college scouting director Mike Potts, and Carolina Panthers executive director of player personnel Jeff Morrow.

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Offensive lineman Trey Smith, graded by scouts as the top senior prospect in the nation before the season, had a solid day. Smith measured 6’5 1/2″ and 321 pounds, with arms slightly longer than 33 1/2 inches. He completed 32 reps on the bench, touched 31 inches in the vertical jump, and measured 9’4′ in the broad jump. His 40-yard dash time was clocked as fast as 5.09 seconds and 7.43 seconds in the three-cone drill.

Smith had some medical issues early in his career but has been a terrific lineman the past two seasons and had a good week of practice at the Senior Bowl. He’ll be a steal on Day 2.

Tennessee wide receiver prospect Josh Palmer also looked good at 2021 Tennessee Pro Day

Josh Palmer measured 6’1 1/2″ and 210 pounds. His arm length was 32 7/8 inches with hands spanning 9 5/8 inches — both outstanding measurements. Palmer touched 34 inches in the vertical, measured 10’4″ in the broad jump, and timed from the upper 4.4s to 4.51 seconds in the 40. His three-cone of 6.98 seconds was another solid mark.

Palmer came into the season with a fourth-round grade, but his play struggled last season, primarily due to the terrible quarterback play at Tennessee. However, he has terrific upside and will be good value on Day 3.

Underclassmen corner Bryce Thompson measured 5’10 1/2″ and 182 pounds. His other marks included 4.52 seconds in the 40, 34 inches in the vertical jump, and a 10-foot measurement in the broad jump. Thompson is an explosive corner with solid ball skills and the ability to make plays facing the action or with his back to the ball.

Western Michigan Pro Day Report 2021: D’Wayne Eskridge highlights workout

30 teams were on hand for the Western Michigan Pro Day, which ended a little while ago. Teams made the trip primarily to watch a pair of prospects from the offensive side of the ball. These are a pair of Western Michigan players who were 2021 Senior Bowl participants and are draftable prospects.

Much of the focus was on wide receiver D’Wayne Eskridge, who turned in two incredible days of practice at the Senior Bowl before shutting it down because of a minor pectoral injury. As I posted on Twitter earlier, his marks included a vertical jump of 35 inches, a broad jump of 10’4″, and a three-cone time of 6.93 seconds. The 40-yard dash times for Eskridge were as low as 4.35 seconds, including a very fast 10-yard split of 1.50 seconds. 

Eskridge looked terrific in drills, running crisp routes and catching the ball well. Projected as a second-round prospect on my board, the Chicago Bears have been all over Eskridge. Additionally, the New Orleans Saints have also shown a ton of interest.

Jaylon Moore improves stock at 2021 Western Michigan Pro Day

Offensive lineman Jaylon Moore continues his upward momentum on draft boards. Furthermore, Moore completed 27 reps on the bench (arm length was 33 3/8 inches), posted a vertical jump of 30 inches and a broad jump of 8’10” after weighing in at 311 pounds. His 40-yard time came in around 5.24 seconds.  

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Not graded by scouts entering the season, Moore is a mid-Day 3 pick on my board, and he’s getting consideration at both guard and tackle. Additionally, the Detroit Lions and Seattle Seahawks are two teams that like Moore.

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