Representatives from 32 NFL teams were at the South Carolina pro day on March 28, including Jets coach Rex Ryan and members of his defensive staff, Jaguars defensive coordinator Mel Tucker and Steelers GM Kevin Colbert.
South Carolina has a stellar class, and could have three players — DE Melvin Ingram, WR Alshon Jeffery and CB Stephon Gilmore — selected in the first two rounds in April’s draft.
Ingram, DE, (6-foot-1 1/2, 265 pounds) — Ingram stayed in school for one more season and is going to make a lot of money because of it. All he did at the pro day was get weighed and measured, and did position drills. If he had entered the draft last year, he would have gone in the fourth or fifth round. Now he’s a top-12 pick. In the next two weeks, he has 12 visits scheduled with teams.
Jeffery, WR, (6-2 3/4, 213) — Jeffery, who did not do anything at the NFL Scouting Combine, had a very good pro day. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.48 and 4.49 seconds. He recorded a 36-1/2-inch vertical, a 10-foot-2 broad jump, a 4.17-second short shuttle and a 6.71-second three-cone. His arms measure 33-inches long, but he didn’t lift because of a strained right shoulder. He caught the ball well. There had been some questions about his explosiveness, but he did well with all facets of getting open. Tennessee worked him out on Friday; the Giants met with him Monday, represented by receivers coach Kevin M. Gilbride. He’ll visit with the Vikings on Tuesday and the Jets on Wednesday. Jeffery likely made himself a potential first-round pick with this workout. He could be selected anywhere from No. 25 to No. 40. He was highly touted, then his stock fell, but now it’s way up again. He’s like a yo-yo.
Gilmore, CB, (6-5/8, 189) — He was at the combine, and kept all of his times. He was weighed and measured. He will probably be selected between No. 25 and No. 40. He worked out well.
Travian Robertson, DT, (6-4, 300) — He stood on his 40-yard dash times, his broad jump and his bench press from the combine. He recorded a 26-inch vertical and had a good workout. He’ll go somewhere in the fourth or fifth round.
Rokevious Watkins, OT, (6-3 5/8, 328) — He ran the 40-yard dash in 5.26 and 5.30 seconds. He recorded a 26-1/2-inch vertical and skipped the broad jump. He ran a 4.76-second short shuttle. His arms measured 34 inches long, and he did 19 strength lifts. He gets good movement, but he has to get stronger; if he does, he can be a solid NFL player.
Jay Wooten, K, (6-2 7/8, 196) — He was not at the combine, but kicked off well at the pro day. He had a 35 1/2-inch vertical. He has a chance to be a seventh-round pick or a priority free agent.
C.C. Whitlock, CB, (5-9 1/2, 181) — Whitlock ran the 40-yard dash in 4.52 and 4.54 seconds. He recorded a 38 1/2-inch vertical, a 9-11 broad jump, a 4.14-second short shuttle, a 6.73-second three cone and did nine bench presses.
Stephen Garcia, QB, (6-2 1/8, 218) — Garcia was dismissed from South Carolina in October for behavioral issues, but he has talent, and someone will likely take a chance on him in the seventh round. He ran the 40-yard dash in 5.04 and 4.98 seconds. He had a 31-inch vertical, a 9-2 broad jump, a 4.36-second short shuttle and a 7.36 three-cone.
Antonio Allen, S, (6-1 1/8, 206) — Allen ran the 40-yard dash in 4.59 and 4.63 seconds. He kept the rest of his numbers from the combine. He had a good pro-day workout.