NEPD Editor: James Christensen
There were 29 NFL teams in attendance for the Pro Day festivities in Ames, Iowa – home of the Iowa State Cyclones. There were four prospects that I checked out, each of them having something to prove.
We’ll add “official” times and some videos as soon as we are able to.
CB Leonard Johnson
Patriots area scout Tim Heffelfinger was one of many intrigued scouts watching cornerback Leonard Johnson. Johnson looked great on film, including top-notch performances against Justin Blackmon and Marvin McNutt, but his 4.7 time at the NFL Combine raised a lot of eyebrows.
Johnson put a lot of doubt to rest today, running in the low 4.5’s on most watches. I had him at 4.60 and 4.52 on his two attempts. Johnson didn’t drop a ball during positional drills and looked fluid changing directions.
He should be right back in the day two discussion after this fantastic performance.
OL Kelechi Osemele
Osemele chose to stand on his personal best numbers from the NFL Combine, but did participate in offensive line drills.
The slimmer 327-pound Osemele showed a ton of power, overwhelming OL partner Hayworth Hicks on multiple occasions. During Hicks’ anchor drill, Osemele ran through him like he was nothing.
Osemele did look a bit gassed during the workouts, the coaches running the drills (Bengals, Vikings, Dolphins) kept him going hard with very little time to rest. He did not look good at all on the pulling drill, where he failed to bend well turning the corner and didn’t show much lateral explosiveness.
My opinion of Osemele didn’t change much from today’s workout. He needs some help with technique and is probably better suited inside at the next level, although he does have a chance at playing right tackle.
DL Damon Harrison (William Penn)
Harrison didn’t flash much for us today, although he have liked what we saw on film at times. He ran a 5.70 on my watch and didn’t look very quick out of the gate, although that is somewhat to be expected for a 340+ pound prospect. Harrison was a little jumpy in positional drills, getting caught offside once and flinching another time.
Teams looking for a developmental nose tackle late in the draft or as an undrafted free agent could look Harrison’s way – he certainly has the size.
WR Darius Reynolds
A source close to Reynolds told us that the Patriots were in town last week to work him out. As a late-round option Reynolds would be a pretty intriguing prospect.
Reynolds ran a 4.53 on my watch on the Pro Day and looked good changing direction. At 6’1″ and 210+ pounds, he will certainly get some looks in late April.