March 4, 2014
Jay Prosch runs through a drill at Auburn's Pro Day (Zach Blaned photo)
By Charles Goldberg and Phillip Marshall
AUBURN, Ala. - Greg Robinson and Tre Mason didn't run, didn't lift, didn't jump. But the two still impressed the scouts at Auburn's Pro Day on Tuesday.
Robinson and Mason sat on their timing and lifting scores from the NFL Combine, but they still went through their position drills, and both seemed pleased.
Another high-profile potential draftee, defensive end Dee Ford, made up for lost time during the workouts. The NFL didn't let Ford compete at the Combine because the medical staff was concerned about his back, but they couldn't stop him from a fine day in Auburn.
Ford did the best in the bench press, a sporty 29 reps, and turned in an unofficial 40 time of 4.53. He went through all the drills, just more than a week after he wasn't allowed to work out at the Combine because of a back issue.
"I'm so excited about the drills that I wasn't able to do before," Ford said. "Those are things I can work on. I'm looking forward to that, and I'm going to be better next time."
Here's a story on Dee Ford at Pro Day.
Fifteen former Tigers participated.
We'll be back with stories on some of the most-likely-to-be-drafted-early players, but here's a quick take on a lot of the participants:
Greg Robinson, a potential early, early pick
The big offensive lineman wowed them at the NFL Combine, and elected not to participate in the timing and lifting and jumping drills Tuesday. Still, he worked out.
"The things I worked on today was to see my footwork and stuff. They said I didn't work out of a three-point stance much here, so they got be out of a three-point stance just to see me pull and shoot my hands," Robinson said.
Stats: 6-5 1/8, 327.
Tre Mason, speedy tailback
He ran a 4.5 40 at the Combine, said he wanted to do better, but he, too, sat on most of his Combine scores.
But he worked out enough, though.
"They give you a lot of positive feedback. I had a very good Combine, and performed well today," Mason said.
He said pro scouts have asked him about his pass-catching ability and whether he can pass block. He says he can do both.
Stats: 5-8 5/8, 205.
Gus Malzahn, coach of the year
"It was real exciting to watch those guys work out. A lot of guys going to the next level performed very well today," he said.
"Any time you have all 32 teams out here to watch our guys perform, that's a good thing. It's a good thing for the future. It's what our program expects."
Ryan White, DB and holder
"I feel like I did pretty well," he said. "I feel like I helped myself out a little bit. I could have done better on some things, but overall I'm OK with it. I wanted to prove I'm a top corner. Hopefully today I jumped ahead of a couple of people. Hopefully, I'll get a few calls for some workouts so I can prove some more.
"They see talent. They see a diamond in the rough. I love this game and I'm going to give it everything I've got."
Stats: 5-10 3/8, 194. Vertical: 34. Borad: 10-5. Bench: 13. 40: 4.50
Nosa Eguae, defensive lineman
"I just wanted to put my best forward. I feel like I did that," he said. "I wish I could have run a little better, but I felt like I did a good job on the shuttle with my change of direction. I felt like I did a real solid position drill."
Stats: 6-3, 282. Vertical: 26 1/2. Borad: 8-2. Bench: 24. 40: 5.18
Jake Holland, linebacker
"I'm proud of what I did today. I worked with the D-line and also did linebacker drills. Overall, I was happy with my performance am going to continue training here and see where that gets me."
Holland said the feedback has been "small talk."
"They told me good job and all, but it wasn't a lot of one-on-one.
"I had a good time out there competing with my teammates.
"Today was my biggest interview. They wanted to see what my times were. I felt like I put up some good numbers today."
Stats: 6-0 1/8, 237. Vertical: 30. Broad: 9-7. Bench: 20. 40: 4.70.
Jay Prosch, fan-favorite fullback
"Obviously I want to be drafted as high as possible, but as a fullback I'm looking for any chance. I'll make the best of it," he said. "I feel like I did a pretty good job. I had really high expectations for myself. I didn't reach all those, but I feel like I did a pretty good job. I didn't really talk to any teams.
"What I'm trying to show people I'm not just a blocker. I can be used as a guy that can run routes and catch the ball, too. I'm not just a battering ram."
Stats: 6-0 7/8, 254. Vertical: 32. Broad: 9-1. Bench: 27. 40: 4.72.
Steven Clark, the man of the Aussie punt
"I think I did pretty well."
Clark wanted to show his athletic skills, opting to do the vertical and broad jump.
"I had kind of been itching to do the test because people have been telling me it doesn't matter," Clark said. "I'm actually deceptively good at it. I didn't run the 40, because they advised me not to do anything, but I did the broad and vertical and did pretty well at it."
As far as what teams are interested in him, Clark said he had "no idea."
Stats: 6-5 1/8, 228. Vertical 33. Broad: 9-9.
Cody Parkey, field goal kicker and kickoff man
"I was hitting 60 yards with ease, so they brought me back to 65," Parkey said. "I had the distance on one, but I missed it. But overall it was good. The kickoffs were my usual of kicking them to the back of the end zone, so overall it was a good day for me."
Parkey said he was had individual workouts set up with teams.
"They're telling me I could be anything from a late-draft pick to a free agent. A lot of them were telling me to really give their team a shot. It was all positive news for me today."
Stats: 6-0 3/8, 188.
Blake Poole, walk-on defensive back
Who was the fastest player at Pro Day? This guy. Poole ran an unofficial 4.42 in the 40. That was enough to create some interest.
"A few of them want to see my film," Poole said. "I didn't play a whole lot. It would just be a dream come true to maybe do a practice squad or something like."
Stats: 5-10 3/8, 183. Vertical: 38. Broad: 10. Bench: 20. 40: 4.42
Craig Sanders, defensive end
"Coming in, I thought I was just going to do D-end drills. Some of the scouts wanted me to do outside linebacker and some wanted me to do fullback/tight end. I wasn't prepared for those, but they said I did them all right.
"I'll do anything to get to the NFL. I'll play any position."
Stats: 6-3 1/2, 248. Vertical: 30 1/2. Broad: 9-7. Bench: 24. 40: 4.73.
Jay Prosch with 27 of these in the bench press in Auburn's Pro Day pic.twitter.com/Mf6MQSXFwF— Auburn Gold Mine (@AUGoldMine) March 4, 2014
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Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine