MIAMI, March 10 (UPI) — Elite football prospects will showcase skills for NFL teams for the next five weeks at college campus pro days in an unprecedented pre-draft process put into place when the scouting combine was canceled due to COVID-19.
In a typical year, more than 300 of the top-rated prospects attend the annual combine in Indianapolis, where their mental and physical abilities are measured at a centralized location.
But this year, the NFL decided not to hold the event in Indianapolis because of logistical complexities and COVID-19 safety precautions.
The NFL announced Feb. 24 that the prospects’ respective colleges would host the workout sessions for their top players from last Friday through April 9. Several training facilities also have hosted combine-like workouts this spring, but the majority of attention will be paid to the college gatherings.
The 2021 NFL Draft is scheduled for April 29 through May 1.
Players at the pro day workouts will do bench press repetitions, participate in mobility drills, have vertical and broad jumps measured, run 40-yard dashes, throw, catch and more.
They will communicate with NFL teams through video conferences, instead of in the typical face-to-face format allowed in past years in Indianapolis.
Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence, BYU’s Zach Wilson, Oregon’s Penie Swell, LSU’s Ja’Marr Chase, Florida’s Kyle Pitts and Penn State’s Micah Parsons are among the top prospects in the draft class.
Lawrence, who recently had surgery on his non-throwing shoulder, is not expected to participate in Clemson’s pro day Thursday in South Carolina. He held a personal pro day Feb. 12 and had surgery four days later. Sixteen NFL teams had representatives attend that session.
Now, NFL teams will scatter resources around the country in the form of scouts, coaches, general managers and other representatives to try to properly evaluate the talented young players before the draft.
ESPN, NFL Network, ACC Network and Longhorn Network will air the workouts for some of the top prospects. NFL Network will feature the sessions as part of its Path to the Draft segment.
The NFL announced a list of 323 combine invitees March 3, despite its decision to cancel the annual event in Indianapolis. That list of players — chosen by a committee composed of scouting service directors and NFL team personnel departments — typically features many of the prospects who will be selected in the annual seven-round, 250-plus pick draft.
Combine dates, top prospects
Arkansas — QB Feleipe Franks, RB Rakeem Boyd, DT Jonathan Marshall
Marshall — OL Josh Ball, RB Brenden Knox
Maryland — LB Shaq Smith
Wisconsin — CB Rachad Wildgoose, DE Isaiahh Loudermilk, OL Cole Van Lanen
Clemson (5 p.m. EST on ACC Network and NFL Network)– QB Trevor Lawrence, RB Travis Etienne, OT Jackson Carman, CB Derion Kendrick, EDGE Xavier Thomas, WR Amari Rodgers, WR Cornell Powell
Texas (5 p.m. EST on Longhorn Network and NFL Network) — OL Samuel Cosmi, LB Joseph Ossai, S Caden Sterns, WR Brennan Eagles, DT T.Q. Graham, QB Sam Ehlinger
Arkansas State — WR Jonathan Adams, DT Forrest Merrill
North Dakota State (noon EST on NFL Network) — QB Trey Lance, OT Dillon Radunz
Oklahoma (noon EST on NFL Network) — RB Rhamondre Stevenson, OL Creed Humphrey, OL Adrian Ealy, CB Tre Brown
Kent State — WR Isaiah McKoy
Middle Tennessee State — OL Robert Jones, S Reed Blankenship
Vanderbilt — DE Dayo Odeyingbo
Georgia Tech — P Pressley Harvin
Arizona — RB Gary Brightwell, CB Lorenzo Burns
Georgia (9 p.m. EDT on NFL Network) — CB Tyson Campbell, LB Azeez Ojulari, CB Eric Stokes, LB Monty Rice, S Richard LeCounte, DB Mark Webb, OL Trey Hill, CB D.J. Daniel, CB Eric Stokes, TE Tre’ McKitty, DE Malik Herring, OL Ben Cleveland
Illinois — OL Kendrick Green, OL Doug Kramer, LB Milo Eifler, CB Nate Hobbs
Pittsburgh (ACC Network alternate) — EDGE Patrick Jones II, DL Jaylen Twyman, S Paris Ford, DL Rashad Weaver, S Damar Hamlin, CB Damarri Mathis, OL Jimmy Morrissey
Auburn (3 p.m. EDT on NFL Network) — WR Seth Williams, WR Anthony Schwartz, LB K.J. Britt, S Jamien Sherwood
Buffalo — RB Jaret Patterson, OL Kayode Awosika, DE Malcolm Koonce
Central Arkansas — CB Robert Rochell
Louisiana Tech — DE Milton Williams
Louisiana-Monroe — RB Josh Johnson
Stanford (3 p.m. EDT on NFL Network) — CB Paulson Adebo, OL Walker Little, OL Drew Dalman, WR Simi Fehoko, QB Davis Mills
West Virginia — DL Darius Stills, WR T.J. Simmons, LB Tony Fields II
Memphis — RB Kenneth Gainwell, WR Damonte Coxie, K Riley Patterson
TCU — S Trevon Moehrig, S Ar’Darius Washington, LB Garret Wallow, WR J.D. Spielman, TE Pro Wells
Colorado State — WR Warren Jackson
Florida State (ACC Network alternate) — S Hamsah Nasirildeen, CB Asante Samuel Jr., DL Marvin Wilson, DE Joshua Kaindoh, WR Tamorrion Terry, DE Janarius Robinson
Iowa — OL Alaric Jackson, WR Ihmir Smith-Marsette, DT Daviyon Nixon, WR Brandon Smith, DE Chauncey Golston
Missouri — LB Nick Bolton, S Tyree Gillespie, S Joshuah Bledsoe, RB Larry Rountree III, OL Larry Borom
Alabama (noon EDT on NFL Network) — QB Mac Jones, RB Najee Harris, WR DeVonta Smith, WR Jaylen Waddle, CB Patrick Surtain II, DL Christian Barmore, OL Deonte Brown, OL Alex Leatherwood, LB Dylan Moses, OL Landon Dickerson, LS Thomas Fletcher
Iowa State — TE Dylan Soehner, DE JaQuan Bailey
Nebraska — OL Brenden Jaimes
Purdue (noon EDT on NFL Network) — WR Rondale Moore, LB Derrick Barnes, S Tyler Coyle
Michigan State — CB Shakur Brown, LB Antjuan Simmons, DT Naquan Jones
Mississippi State — RB Kylin Hill, WR Osirus Mitchell, OL Dareuan Parker, OL Greg Eiland
South Carolina — CB Jaycee Horn, CB Israel Mukuamu, WR Shi Smith, OL Sadarius Hutcherson
USC (11 a.m. EDT on NFL Network) — OL Alijah Vera-Tucker, WR Amon-Ra St. Brown, DL Jay Tufele, DL Marlon Tuipulotu, WR Tyler Vaughns
Virginia — TE Tony Poljan, LB Charles Snowden
Mississippi — WR Elijah Moore, LB Lakia Henry, DE Tariqious Tisdale, TE Kenny Yeboah, OL Royce Newman, LB Sam Williams
North Texas — WR Jaelon Darden
Penn State — LB Micah Parsons, TE Pat Freiermuth, EDGE Jayson Oweh, DE Shaka Toney, OL Michael Menet, OL Will Fries
San Diego State — CB Darren Hall
SMU — QB Shane Buechele, WR Reggie Roberson Jr., TE Kylen Granson, CB Brandon Stephens
Tennessee — OL Trey Smith, WR Josh Palmer, CB Bryce Thompson
Western Michigan — WR D’Wayne Eskridge, OL Jaylon Moore
Boston College — TE Hunter Long, LB Isaiah McDuffie
BYU (1 p.m. EDT on NFL Network) — QB Zach Wilson, OL Brady Christensen, TE Matt Bushman, WR Dax Milne, DT Khyiris Tonga, CB Chris Wilcox
Michigan (1 p.m. EDT on NFL Network) — DL Kwity Paye, OL Jalen Mayfield, CB Ambry Thomas, LB Cameron McGrone, WR Nico Collins, RB Chris Evans, TE Nick Eubanks, FB Ben Mason
South Dakota State — WR Cade Johnson
Virginia Tech (1 p.m. EDT on ACC Network alternate and NFL Network) — CB Caleb Farley, OL Christian Darrisaw, RB Khalil Herbert, S Divine Deablo
Arizona State — WR Frank Darby, Aashari Crosswell
Duke (ACC Network alternate) — DE Victor Dimukeje, LB Chris Rumph Jr., TE Noah Gray, RB Deon Jackson, CB Michael Carter II, CB Mark Gilbert
Louisiana-Lafayette — RB Elijah Mitchell, RB Trey Ragas
Miami (ACC Network) — EDGE Gregory Rousseau, DL Jaelan Phillips, TE Brevin Jordan, EDGE Quincy Roche, K Jose Borregales
North Carolina — RB Michael Carter, RB Javonte Williams, LB Chazz Surratt, WR Dazz Newsome, WR Dyami Brown
Alabama (6 p.m. EDT on NFL Network) — QB Mac Jones, RB Najee Harris, WR DeVonta Smith, WR Jaylen Waddle, CB Patrick Surtain II, DL Christian Barmore, OL Deonte Brown, OL Alex Leatherwood, LB Dylan Moses, OL Landon Dickerson, LS Thomas Fletcher
East Carolina — OL D’Ante Smith
Louisville (ACC Network alternate) — WR Tutu Atwell, WR Dez Fitzpatrick, RB Javian Hawkins
North Carolina State — DT Alim McNeill, TE Cary Angeline
Ohio State (6 p.m. EDT on NFL Network) — QB Justin Fields, OL Wyatt Davis, CB Shaun Wade, OL Josh Myers, LB Baron Browning, RB Trey Sermon, LB Pete Werner, LB Justin Hilliard, LB Tuf Borland
Texas A&M — QB Kellen Mond, WR Jhamon Ausbon, DT Bobby Brown III, OL Carson Green, LB Anthony Hines III, OL Jared Hocker, LB BUddy Johnson, OL Dan Moore
Washington (6 p.m. EDT on NFL Network) — DL Levi Onwuzurike, EDGE Joe Tryon, CB Elijah Molden, CB Keith Taylor
Boise State — TE John Bates
Baylor — DE Will Bradley-King
Florida (11 a.m. EDT on NFL Network) — QB Kyle Trask, TE Kyle Pitts, WR Kadarius Toney, WR Trevon Grimes, CB Marco Wilson, DL Tedarrell Slaton, S Shawn Davis, OL Stone Forsythe, K Evan McPherson
Kentucky — OL Drake Jackson, LB Jamin Davis, DT Quinton Bohanna, CB Brandin Echols, P Max Duffy, CB Kelvin Joseph, OL Landon Young, LB Jamar Watson
LSU (11 a.m. EDT on NFL Network) — WR Ja’Marr Chase, WR Terrace Marshall Jr., DL Tyler Shelvin, LB Jabril Cox, CB Kary Vincent Jr., S JaCoby Stevens, WR Racey McMath, TE Tory Carter
Notre Dame (11 a.m. EDT on NFL Network) — LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, TE Tommy Tremble, DL Adetokunbo Ogundeji, OL Liam Eichenberg, OL Aaron Banks, DE Daelin Hayes, QB Ian Book, WR Javon McKinley, WR Ben Skowronek, OL Robert Hainsey
Wake Forest (ACC Network alternate) — EDGE Carlos Basham Jr., WR Sage Surratt, QB Jamie Newman
Central Florida — DB Aaron Robinson, WR Marlon Williams, S Richie Grant, WR Tre Nixon
Minnesota — WR Rashod Bateman, CB Benjamin St-Juste
Oklahoma State — WR Tylan Wallace, OL Teven Jenkins, RB Chuba Hubbard, CB Rodarius Williams
Oregon State — EDGE Hamilcar Rashed Jr., RB Jermar Jefferson, CB Nahshon Wright
Oregon — OL Penei Sewell, S Jevon Holland, CB Thomas Graham Jr., CB Deommodore Lenoir, S Brady Breeze, DT Austin Faoliu
Tulsa — LB Zaven Collins
Texas Tech — WR T.J. Vasher, OL Jack Anderson, CB Zech McPhearson
UAB — LB Jordan Smith, WR Austin Watkins
Ball State — CB Antonio Phillips
Houston — DE Payton Turner, WR Marquez Stevenson, LB Grant Stuard
Syracuse — CB Trill Williams, Ifeatu Melifonwu, S Andre Cisco
UCLA — RB Demetric Felton, DT Osa Odighizuwa
Cincinnati — S Darrick Forrest, S James Wiggins, OL James Hudson, P James Smith
Baylor — DE Will Bradley-King
Indiana — RB Stevie Scott III, WR Whop Philyor, S Jamar Johnson
California — CB Camryn Bynum, OL Jake Curhan