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Whose Pro Day Elevated Their Stock?

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An NFL prospect’s pro day is his last opportunity to show all 32 teams how athletic he is. If they have any times or measurements they want to improve on from the combine, their pro day is their last opportunity to do so. For quarterbacks, they get to go through a scripted workout that gets to highlight their strengths and aspects of their skill set they’ve been working on. For everyone else, they get put through workouts by teams and they don’t have a real idea of what they’re doing prior to that day.

Therefore, let’s take a look at a few players who used this opportunity to elevate their draft stock.

Corey Coleman, Baylor, Wide Receiver

Corey Coleman was unable to participate in the running drills at the NFL combine because of an injury he sustained during college. This caused his stock to stagnate as others, like Josh Doctson, showcased great athleticism, which elevated his stock immensely.

At his pro day, Coleman showed that he is an elite athlete as he posted a sub 4.4-second 40-yard dash. Couple that with his 40.5-inch vertical and 10-foot-9 broad jump and you have the makings of an extremely explosive athlete.

The interesting about Coleman is that if you look at him from a production and athletic standpoint, he is undoubtedly the top receiver in this class. However, size concerns (5-foot-11 and 194 pounds) to go along with his ability to play in an NFL scheme has his stock all over the place. Coleman is a boom-or-bust player as he could easily be the best receiver in this class, but he can also be a huge dud.

Carson Wentz, North Dakota State, Quarterback

Carson Wentz has been embroiled in a battle for the No. 1 quarterback spot in this draft class since the Senior Bowl. Wentz has done extremely well during the pre-draft process as he has excelled in every aspect from the Senior Bowl to the combine.

His pro day was no different; he reportedly completed 63-of-65 passes and looked phenomenal doing it. He showcased his arm strength, touch, movement abilities and accuracy at every level of the defense. Pro days seem to hold a lot of weight with quarterbacks as a poor one can cause a quarterback drop far in the draft like Teddy Bridgewater.

Wentz is hoping to beat out Jared Goff as the first quarterback selected in the 2016 NFL draft and if you just looked at how both have performed since the season ended, Wentz would be the easy choice. However, Wentz is not without his warts as he has to overcome the small-school jump to the NFL to go along with the fact that he seems to process things slowly.

Michael Thomas, Ohio State, Wide Receiver

The forgotten receiver at the top of the draft, Ohio State’s Michael Thomas has seen his stock grow since he completed his pro day.

A lot of the reasons why Thomas’ stock is growing has to do what the perceived No. 1 wide receiver, Laquon Treadwell hasn’t done. Sure, Michael Thomas proved to be very athletic, as he put up a 40-yard dash in the 4.4-second range and a 33.5-inch vertical and reportedly had, “Best workout of the day. Ran faster than I expected, ran terrific routes and caught the ball really well. Much better receiver than people give him credit for.” However, Treadwell’s poor pro day gave Thomas and TCU’s Josh Doctson the opportunity to jump in front of Treadwell for the No. 1 wide receiver spot in this draft.

If you compare Treadwell and Thomas, a lot of things go in Thomas’ favor. He is bigger and more athletic plus he doesn’t have the significant injury concerns that Treadwell carries with his ankle. Thomas is as good or maybe even a better route runner than Treadwell and he has just as good of hands. Don’t be surprised if Thomas is the first receiver to hear his name called during the draft.


About John Owning

John Owning

John Owning is a NFL columnist for Football Insiders. He has years of experience covering the NFL, NFL draft and NCAA football. John's work has been featured on the Bleacher Report and DraftBreakdown.com