Re: ***2014 PATRIOTS DRAFT THREAD***
posted at 3/21/2014 7:46 AM EDT
ND Pro day, Nix in the 2nd rd?
Lions coach, Steelers coach and GM at Notre Dame’s pro day
Posted: March 20th, 2014 | Gil Brandt | Tags: Bennett Jackson, Chris Watt, George Atkinson, Louis Nix, Notre Dame, Prince Shembo, Stephon Tuitt, T.J. Jones, Troy Niklas, Zack Martin
A large contingent representing all 32 NFL teams — including new Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell, and Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert — were present for Notre Dame’s pro day on Thursday.
There were 15 players who worked out indoors on FieldTurf.
George Atkinson, RB (6-foot-1 3/8, 218 pounds) — Atkinson only ran the short shuttle (4.33 seconds) and the three-cone drill (7.08 seconds), and then did the positional workout, when showed a nice burst a running back but had two dropped passes.
Bennett Jackson, CB (6-0, 191) — Jackson ran the 40-yard dash in 4.41 and 4.42 seconds. He has 31 3/4-inch arms. Jackson did not go through position drills due to a pulled hamstring.
T.J. Jones, WR (5-11 3/4, 190) — Jones pulled his right hamstring on Wednesday and was limited in his positional drill, when he caught the ball well but couldn’t move real fast.
Zack Martin, OT (6-4 1/4, 309) — Due to a left hamstring issue, Martin did not run. He has 32 1/4-inch arms. Started in all 52 games played at Notre Dame, the most in school history. Martin is going to be a first-round draft pick, and the team that selects him might play him at guard.
Troy Niklas, TE (6-6 1/2, 268) — Niklas did not run or workout in the positional drills after having double hernia surgery on March 11. He had his arms measured (33 5/8 inches). Niklas was a linebacker who for the past two seasons played tight end.
Louis Nix, NT (6-2 1/4, 331) — Nix ran the 40 in 5.36 and 5.34 seconds, and did the three-cone drill in 8.01 seconds. Nix, who has 32 1/4-inch arms, did 24 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. Nix did position drills, where he was alright but not great. Nix is probably a second-round pick, after not playing nearly as well this season as he did the previous season.
Prince Shembo, LB (6-1 1/4, 255) — Shembo — who has 32 3/4-inch arms — stood on his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine and just went through position drills at ND’s pro day, in which he looked explosive. Shembo is a likely third-day draft pick.
Stephon Tuitt, DE — Tuitt had surgery on his right foot on March 1. He did, however, work out in front of representatives from 29 NFL teams on the day before going in for surgery, running the 40 in 5.00 and 5.03 seconds.
Chris Watt, G (6-2 3/4, 313) — Watt ran the 40 just once, doing so in 5.05 seconds. He had a 28 1/2-inch vertical jump and 8-foot-8 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.76 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.67 seconds. He has 32 5/8-inch arms. Watt did go through the positional drills.