The most popular search team for this site exercised his Pro Day for scouts this afternoon at the Dekalb Sports and Recreation center for 15 NFL teams:
Defensive end Larry English ran the 40-yard dash and the 60-yard shuttle. He also participated in the broad jump and did positional drills. English said his fastest time according to one scout was 4.62 seconds and his slowest time according to another scout was 4.75 seconds. English ran the 40 in 4.77 seconds at the NFL Combine.
English said he improved on everything from the combine. He also revealed that he scored a 34 on the Wonderlic test.
Wide receiver Matt Simon ran the 40 in 4.48 seconds and said he was pleased with how the day went for him. Simon also had former NIU quarterback Dan Nicholson throwing him passes.
Britt Davis, Melvin Rice, Bradley Pruitt, Brandon Beal, Chase Carter, Alex Krutsch and Andy Dittbenner also participated in pro day. Former Huskies Brandon Davis and Chris Nendick also were there, along with a few small college players.
There were 15 NFL teams in attendance, including the Bears. The Carolina Panthers had three representatives there. Carolina's first pick in the NFL draft is in the second round, No. 59 overall.
Below is the list of all the NFL teams at DeKalb today:
- Baltimore Ravens
- Pittsburgh Steelers
- Houston Texans
- Indianapolis Colts
- Jacksonville Jaguars
- Buffalo Bills
- Carolina Panthers
- Denver Broncos
- Chicago Bears
- Detroit Lions
- Green Bay Packers
- Atlanta Falcons
- New Orleans Saints
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- San Francisco 49ers
The New York Giants are scheduled to come out to scout English next week.
A great day for Larry English and quite possibly a better day for WR Matt Simon. His 4.48 40 time might have vaulted him in to the 6-7th round territory. Even if he doesn't get drafted, Simon will get a few extra looks in the NFL because of this workout. He was a great player before the string of injuries sidelined him a lot this past season.
English getting a 34 on his Wonderlic is a pleasant surprise as well. This demonstrates how well he understands the game and the skill that he has to take on an NFL playbook and play right away. QB Matthew Stafford was getting rave reviews about his 38 score and Larry is only 4 off of that, scoring better than all the other top QBs projected for the draft.
The note about Carolina sending 3 reps, including their GM Marty Hurney is pretty interesting. I don't see English lasting until the 27th pick in the 2nd round. The Panthers could try to move up and grab Larry, especially if Julius Peppers ends up leaving Carolina.
I was also a little surprised that there were no scouts from either the New England Patriots or the Miami Dolphins, two teams that I have seen English going to in a lot of mock drafts.
With all these NFL scouts here in Dekalb, maybe fellow NFL prospect Ball State QB Nate Davis should have made the drive over rather than his having a solo tryout for one team. It's not looking great for the former Cardinal who left a year early to enter the draft.
John Mullin of The Chicago Tribune provided some extra coverage of the workout:
The 251-pound English ran a 4.64-second 40-yard dash, much better than his 4.77 at the NFL combine. And he bumped his broad jump from the 8 feet 11 inches measured at the combine to 9-7.
"I did sleep last night," he said, laughing, "but I tossed and turned a lot."
"I don't have a [position] preference because that's out of my hands," said English, who graduated in December. "A lot'll have to do obviously with where I go. I'm anxious to get to work."