Here is a full write up on the FSU Pro Day from Warchant - And some Pics to follow.....
The damp Doak Campbell Stadium turf was flooded with NFL talent evaluators at Pro Day on Tuesday, a bigger-than-usual contingent ready for a look at FSU's impressive collection of pro prospects.
It's been a while since FSU had this many.
Depending on where you look, defensive end Bjoern Werner, quarterback EJ Manuel, defensive end Cornelius Carradine, tackle Menelik Watson and cornerback Xavier Rhodes have all received some form of first-round consideration for next month's NFL draft, hence the large crop of NFL scouts and coordinators on hand.
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Bjoern Werner is projected as a first round pick in April's NFL draft.
All told, 23 draftable prospects took part while a handful of former FSU players - headlined by former cornerback Greg Reid - also participated. It was a stark contrast from last year's Pro Day, which would see its first player (LB Nigel Bradham) taken in the fourth round of the ensuing draft.
Manuel, who helped his draft stock with a strong performance at last month's NFL Combine, was accurate Tursday as he threw for almost an hour, going through a scripted set of passes to former FSU receiver Rodney Smith and tight end Beau Reliford among others. He did not participate in any other evaluations.
"The biggest thing is I wanted to go out there and compete and I think I did that," said Manuel, who turned 23 on Tuesday. Manuel said he will attend the NFL draft in New York City, which begins on April 25. "Scouts all know we can play. They've seen tons of tape, and you are what you are on film. The biggest thing you can do is don't shy away from competition, up against other great talent in the draft."
Manuel said he has met with about 25 NFL teams to date.
Carradine, who is still recovering from a torn ACL suffered in November, was the star of the bench press, lifting the standard 225 pounds 32 times, an improvement over his 29-rep performance at the combine. Carradine did not participate in other drills because of the injury but could be healthy enough to participate just before the draft next month.
Another Seminole coming off a strong NFL combine was Rhodes, who propelled himself up draft boards with a 4.44 40 in Indianapolis and is now widely considered the No. 2 cornerback available come April. He competed in individual drills and struggled with his footing, but was pleased with his overall showing.
"It was exciting, it was good," Rhodes said. "(The offseason has been) Intense. Patience is running short. I was ready to come out here and preform, show what I did at the combine, show that I could do it again. I'm just really ready, I couldn't wait any more."
Watson did 19 reps on the bench press and competed in individual drills. Werner only competed in individual work. Both are considered among the top five players at their respective positions.
"I feel real good," Watson said of his effort on Tuesday. "I finally got on the bench, I was having some issues at the end of the season. It was good to get on the bench - I got 19, I really wanted to get more - but I've only been training about three weeks for it so I'm not worried. All the other testing was good, the on-field testing was great. It's been overall fun."
Vince Williams continues to impress
Linebacker Vince Williams made waves after picking up a last-minute invite to the Senior Bowl in January, going from a relative unknown in NFL circles to a legitimate mid-round prospect.
But with no invitation to last month's NFL Combine, he was unable to continue the momentum in February, instead having to wait until Tuesday to prove himself in front of NFL decision makers again.
At a svelte 233 pounds - 19 fewer than his playing weight this past fall and 14 fewer than his Senior Bowl weigh-in - Williams looked impressive in position drills. He also ran a 4.75 and a 4.76 in his two 40-yard dashes according to one NFL scout, helping answer some concern about having suitable speed to play linebacker at the NFL level. He also totaled 22 reps on the bench press on Tuesday.
"I felt like it was a solid performance overall," Williams said.
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Linebacker Vince Williams impressed with 40 times in the mid 4.7's during Pro Day on Tuesday.
Considering his Senior Bowl performance, a week that propelled him to the No. 6 middle linebacker available according to ESPN's Scouts Inc., Williams said it was tough to deal with the idea that he wouldn't get a shot at the Combine.
"I just feel like it was a big disappointment, it was a tremendous letdown, it was a heartbreak," Williams said. "You've just got to make due with the opportunities God gives you. I feel like I had the opportunity come out here to meet with some of the same (NFL evaluators) that I would have met at the Combine, maybe not all the teams but enough. Hopefully one of them will like what I did today."
Williams spent the down time training with Tom Shaw in Orlando. William said the weight loss wasn't all intentional, just a product of his speed and agility training. He weighed in at 252 before the Orange Bowl last season.
"I feel small," Williams said with a smile. "I've never been this size. When I got to Florida State I was 231. It feels different for me. … It's the first time in my life I've been mentioned as an undersized linebacker. … I've never been called small in my life."
With strong performances in hand, Combine invite be darned, Williams' confidence remains high.
"Once I get into training camp, I know I'm going to get in there and dominate and I'm going to stick," Williams said. "I don't have any off-the-field issues, I'm a great guy so I feel like I'm going to be a fantastic pro."
Defensive end Brandon Jenkins seems to still be shaking the rust off of his lisfranc foot injury. He ran 40 yard dashes over 5.0 seconds and didn't look as agile as he was pre-injury.
Jenkins also struggled at the NFL Combine in February but felt he improved on that performance somewhat on Tuesday.
"It was a big difference," said Jenkins. "I wasn't the same person at the combine. It was a lot of pressure and I was a little anxious. But I came out here and I did a little showing I think."
Linebacker Nick Moody impressed with a 40 in the mid 4.6 range. Moody, who came up lame at the end of his second 40, said every team he has spoken to has viewed him as a weak side linebacker at the NFL level.
Running back Chris Thompson (torn ACL) had originally planned to run the 40 on Tuesday, but with the overnight rain showers he was advised to not run.
Fullback Lonnie Pryor suffered a minor hamstring injury and only caught passes from Manuel during his individual workout.
Linebacker Vince Williams on what question he's been asked the most during the NFL draft evaluation process:
"How good is Bjoern Werner?"
Defensive end Bojern Werner on the most unusual question he received at the NFL Combine:
"The best thing was, I came in and they said 'Before we start you have to do one that And I said' Wow, What?' and they're like 'Say Get to the Chopper.' They wanted me to do Arnold Schwarzenegger quotes and stuff like that. And I did it, and they said it wasn't good and I had to do it again. It was funny."