Posted: 12:56 p.m. Friday, March 15, 2013
By Nick Chiamardas
Friday's pro days include: Arkansas, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Kansas, Oregon State, and San Jose State.
After the Senior Bowl in January, some chatter began about Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson potentially being drafted in the first round. Since then, that thought has cooled slightly. Still Wilson possesses all of the intangibles and a rocket arm that will likely earn him a second round selection.
Arkansas running back Knile Davis' career has been riddled with injuries. When the 5-10, 227lb back is healthy, there is no doubting his talent. He registered an impressive 4.37 forty and did 31 reps at the Combine. That rare combination of strength and speed at that size would typically have scouts drooling but his injury-proneness has scared many teams off.
Tight end Chris Gragg turned some heads at the Combine in February when he posted a position best 4.50 forty. Gragg had somewhat of a disappointing career at Arkansas never quite living up to expectations. At 6-3, 244lbs and a history of knee injuries, Gregg doesn't have the size or blocking stills to be an inline tight end right away. He could be candidate for the "joker" tight end or even H-back.
Georgia Southern currently has two alumni in the NFL: kicker Rob Bironas and DB Laron Scott. Safety prospect J.J. Wilcox will make it a trio, come the 2013 NFL Draft. Wilcox is a 6', 213lb strong safety and only has one year under his belt at the position. He lined up at receiver and slot back during his previous three years at GSU. Amassed 88 tackles his senior year and proved the transition to be rather seamless. He'll be a bit of a project but proved he belonged with the big boys at the Senior Bowl in January.
Oregon State corner Jordan Poyer has become somewhat of a fan favorite here on NN. Poyer was a bit slower in his forty at the Combine (4.54) and will be looking to rebound today. Poyer has been up and down pre-draft boards this season due to some late risers and is now fighting to be the fourth or fifth defensive back off the board. Check out his prospect profile here.
Teammate, wide receiver Markus Wheaton is an explosive playmaker. Wheaton has great speed that translates well in his route running. He ran a 4.45 forty in Indianapolis last month which is about the range expected. Not the tallest (5-11) or the biggest (189 lbs) receiver, Wheaton has enough wiggle to make defenders look silly in the open field and figures to be a second or third round pick at worst.
San Jose State tackle David Quessenberry has impressed since beginning his post-season workouts. He needs to add some weight, at only 304lbs, and will have to find a position to call home. He's capable of playing either tackle position or possibly guard if he can add weight without losing a step.
Tight end David Otten is a candidate to fill the "joker" tight end position for those teams looking to add another dimension to their offense. Otten is built more like a wide receiver standing 6-5 and weighing in at 230lbs. What he lacks in girth he makes up for in toughness and consistently fights for extra yards. Needs to improve blocking but it's not likely he'll be asked to line up on the line of scrimmage too often.