The Arizona Wildcats had representatives from all 32 NFL teams in attendance for their Pro Day on Thursday, with 17 participants, all seniors except for Scooby Wright III and Cayleb Jones, Arizona's top two prospects. The NFL Draft will be held on April 28th, giving the draft hopefuls just over a month to continue training and schedule meetings with NFL teams.
Here's a quick run-down on what happened at Arizona's Pro Day and where some guys stand after their performances. Since the Pro Day session was closed to the media, there isn't a whole lot of information available, but we were able to speak with a few participants afterward and there have been some sources that have been able to release some information.
After his performances at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and now at this Pro Day, it seems as if Will Parks is turning some heads among NFL scouts. Based on the feedback he has received, he feels confident that he will be drafted. Versatility is what gets you on the field and Will Parks is being looked at for multiple positions, including both free safety and nickel corner.
Parks has a few visits with teams set up, in which he will continue to work out and interview with teams prior to the NFL Draft.
Scooby Wright has been a huge question mark since he's declared for the NFL Draft. His health and recovery have obviously been a main concern and his combine results didn't help elevate his stock either. But Scooby isn't a guy who is going to test and measure well, he's a 6'1" 240lb linebacker who attacks the football and you can see that in his film.
Some scouts and draft experts have him as a top 50 prospect, but many mock drafts have him going anywhere from the second to fifth round. But his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, says that he can't imagine Scooby slipping past the second day of the draft, meaning he will be drafted in the second or third round, feeling confident about middle of the second.
44 receivers were invited to the 2015 combine. 37 of them were drafted. Of course, the breakup of the draft varies from year to year, but that's pretty encouraging considering many have doubted him since he's declared. Many said that he declared too early, some have him ranked outside the top 25 within his own position. But he feeds off of that doubt, stemming from his days at Texas, using it as motivation.
He elected not to run the 40-yard dash at pro day simply because he slimmed down for the combine 40-yard dash and felt comfortable with his 4.65 time. He has a few meetings set up with teams as far as workouts and interviews go.
Reggie Gilbert is someone who could definitely land an invitation to a rookie mini camp, if he doesn't get picked up as an undrafted free agent. He worked out as a linebacker and defensive end, both of which seem doable for him at the next level. He ran a 4.79 40-yard dash, which is even faster than Scooby Wright, making him an intriguing prospect.
After Pro Day, Rich Rodriguez had said that Jared Baker ran the fastest 40-yard dash of any Pro Day participants, which means he beat out Jerrard Randall. Rodriguez knows he ran at least a 4.40 and some have said he ran as low as a 4.32.
Lene Maiava seemed to be pretty limited in his drills, as he is dealing with some knee issues right. He did bench press 225 pounds 34 times though, far and away the best of any Arizona player.
Jerrard Randall has solely been working out at receiver, with the opportunity to also work in the return game if necessary. His speed alone is going to be intriguing and I would be shocked if an NFL team doesn't give him a shot.
David Richards is one of the biggest receivers in the nation, even bigger than Cayleb Jones. He had a breakout year in 2015 and he could be a potential NFL receiver, as well as Johnny Jackson, who had himself a great year after switching from safety to receiver just weeks before the season.