Twenty-five teams were on hand for the Mississippi State pro-day, including a handful of defensive coordinators from around the league.
As is the case with most pro-days, the forty time, especially for cornerback Jonathan Banks, were all over the place. Some teams had him in the low 4.5’s (4.51) while others timed him in the mid 4.6’s (4.64). In the end his official time is likely to reside somewhere around 4.58s. Banks did look good in drills, in fact much better than his combine showing. He was relaxed throughout the workout, quickly getting out of breaks and showing good hands for the interception. As we reported earlier, something later confirmed when the workout was complete, the New England Patriots seem very interested in Banks.
Fast rising cornerback Darius Slay sat on the sidelines after reportedly popping a hamstring warming up before the workout. There’s still a belief he could be drafted before Banks.
Defensive lineman Josh Boyd was the focus of attention and really impressed teams on hand. Boyd checked in at 305-pounds, five less than his combine weight, and his workout was run by the New York Giants. During drills Boyd was fluid and easily moved about the field. His marks of 4.98s in the forty, 4.49s in the short shuttle and 29-inches in the vertical jump were improvements from his combine performance.
Chad Bumphis was another who stood out to the scouts on hand. The recievers marks included forty times which ranged from 4.52s-to-4.59s, 17-reps on the bench, 34-inch vertical jump and
While the Tuskegee pro-day takes place later this afternoon, the teams star running back, Derrick Washington, actually participated in Troy State’s pro-day yesterday.
Washington timed in the 4.6’s after tipping the scale at 226-pounds. He posted marks of 31.5-inches in the vertical jump, 9′-3” in the broad and 19-reps on the bench. Washington will also participate in position drills during pro-day at Tuskegee today.
Many may remember Washington from his days at Missouri, when he looked like a promising NFL prospect. His college career was eventually derailed by a sexual assault allegation, which eventually sent him to jail for four month. He made a triumphant return to the field this season posting 1679-yards rushing with 14 touchdowns at Tuskegee.
The New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers, Arizona Cardinals and New England Patriots are showing a lot of interest in Washington.
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