Draft Dish: Pair of Horned Frogs jumping up the board

As NFL prospects perform this month all over the country in their on-campus workouts for scouts, coaches and personnel men, a number of players have helped or hurt their draft stock:

Daryl Washington is on teams' radar after a solid pro day.
Daryl Washington is on teams’ radar after a solid pro day.

Two TCU prospects really shined in their pro day and helped their draft stock. LB Daryl Washington had a good all-around workout and showed the quickness, explosiveness and athleticism that excites NFL coaches. He is not the biggest kid, but he proved he has the athleticism to fit in any NFL scheme.

DE/OLB Jerry Hughes really continued his strong spring. After a good performance at the NFL Scouting Combine, Hughes looked even more athletic and natural going through the linebacker drills at TCU. He showed good quickness and agility, changing directions and flipping his hips with ease. His experience playing running back in high school also showed by how well he caught the ball in drills, meaning he could become a playmaker in pass coverage in the NFL.

Hughes’ performance on film left many to wonder if he could play about his ability to play outside linebacker in the NFL, but there no longer is any doubt about his ability to make the switch and play in the open field.

It was disappointing that DT Gerald McCoy decided not to do the 225-pound bench press at Oklahoma’s pro day, but scouts in attendance all said his workout was impressive enough to overshadow any question about his lack of upper-body strength. He showed rare quickness, explosiveness and athleticism for a defensive tackle, which enable him to stay in top-five consideration despite his poor bench-press showing (23 reps) at the Combine.

Baylor WR David Gettis is a tease who could get way overdrafted. He looks like an NFL receiver and shows the quickness, acceleration and speed in the 40-yard dash and other timed tests to convince some GM that he could develop in the NFL. However, he was not nearly as impressive during the receiving drills–his routes lacked sharpness, and he did not pluck passes out of the air cleanly.

Nebraska S Larry Asante had a good, solid workout. He did not blow anyone away but had a solid all-around day and was able to improve on his 40 time by running in the low 4.6-second range on FieldTurf. He lacks the elite athleticism to be an early pick, but he showed enough athleticism to convince personnel men he has the tools to be productive playing deep in pass coverage and will not be a liability.

For information and analysis on these and many other players, see the latest Draft Dish in SN’s Pro Football War Room. For more than 640 player scouting reports from Russ Lande and his team of former NFL scouts — plus updated mock draft, Super 99 rankings and more — go to warroom.sportingnews.com.

As NFL prospects perform this month all over the country in their on-campus workouts for scouts, coaches and personnel men, a number of players have helped or hurt their draft stock:

Daryl Washington is on teams' radar after a solid pro day.
Daryl Washington is on teams’ radar after a solid pro day.

Two TCU prospects really shined in their pro day and helped their draft stock. LB Daryl Washington had a good all-around workout and showed the quickness, explosiveness and athleticism that excites NFL coaches. He is not the biggest kid, but he proved he has the athleticism to fit in any NFL scheme.

DE/OLB Jerry Hughes really continued his strong spring. After a good performance at the NFL Scouting Combine, Hughes looked even more athletic and natural going through the linebacker drills at TCU. He showed good quickness and agility, changing directions and flipping his hips with ease. His experience playing running back in high school also showed by how well he caught the ball in drills, meaning he could become a playmaker in pass coverage in the NFL.

Hughes’ performance on film left many to wonder if he could play about his ability to play outside linebacker in the NFL, but there no longer is any doubt about his ability to make the switch and play in the open field.

It was disappointing that DT Gerald McCoy decided not to do the 225-pound bench press at Oklahoma’s pro day, but scouts in attendance all said his workout was impressive enough to overshadow any question about his lack of upper-body strength. He showed rare quickness, explosiveness and athleticism for a defensive tackle, which enable him to stay in top-five consideration despite his poor bench-press showing (23 reps) at the Combine.

Baylor WR David Gettis is a tease who could get way overdrafted. He looks like an NFL receiver and shows the quickness, acceleration and speed in the 40-yard dash and other timed tests to convince some GM that he could develop in the NFL. However, he was not nearly as impressive during the receiving drills–his routes lacked sharpness, and he did not pluck passes out of the air cleanly.

Nebraska S Larry Asante had a good, solid workout. He did not blow anyone away but had a solid all-around day and was able to improve on his 40 time by running in the low 4.6-second range on FieldTurf. He lacks the elite athleticism to be an early pick, but he showed enough athleticism to convince personnel men he has the tools to be productive playing deep in pass coverage and will not be a liability.

For information and analysis on these and many other players, see the latest Draft Dish in SN’s Pro Football War Room. For more than 640 player scouting reports from Russ Lande and his team of former NFL scouts — plus updated mock draft, Super 99 rankings and more — go to warroom.sportingnews.com.

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