As on-campus pre-draft workouts, otherwise known as "pro days," continue to be conducted around the nation, prospects' stocks are ever changing:
Virginia defensive tackle Nate Collins helped his draft stock following the East-West Shrine Game.
Virginia's March 18 pro day turned out to be a mixed bag for Cavaliers draft prospects. OT Will Barker, who was viewed as either a late-round pick or an undrafted free agent, definitely helped himself.
Barker had an outstanding workout, showing a surprising combination of athleticism, flexibility and quick feet. For a big tackle (6-7 1/8, 317 pounds) to move like he did, it pretty much assures Barker of being drafted.
As for DT Nate Collins (6-2, 279) who had a very good week of practice leading up to the East-West Shrine Game, continued his strong spring with a good all-around workout. For an undersized tackle who once looked like he was undraftable, Collins' performance was convincing enough to merit late-round consideration.
While Collins and Barker helped themselves, CB Chris Cook (6-2, 212) went in the opposite direction after being one of the spring's fastest risers. He was good at the Senior Bowl and worked out well at the NFL Scouting Combine, but he really struggled back in Charlottesville.
Cook did not look prepared for his pro day and did not seem to be interested in being his best. Some of those in attendance commented that his performance was a "waste of a day."
• Vanderbilt's pro day on March 19 was another up-and-down event with some players helping their values while one in particular hurt his.
DE Steve Stone (6-5, 277) looked good and turned in a fine all-around workout, including a 35-inch vertical jump, 9-foot 9-inch broad jump, a 4.4-second short shuttle, a 7.1-second 3-cone drill and a 4.9-second 40-yard dash. After struggling with injuries during his college career and then flashing NFL talent as ...
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