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TWENTYMAN: 8 pro days to watch this week

Posted Mar 19, 2017

Tim Twentyman takes a look at eight pro days to keep an eye on this week.

8. Connecticut, Wednesday, March 22

Who to watch: Safety Obi Melifonwu blew away the Combine. He measured in at 6-foot-4 and 224 pounds. He ran the 40 in 4.40 seconds, had a 44-inch vertical and an 11-8 broad jump. He’s a freakish athlete. He’ll likely stand on those numbers at his pro day, but teams will want to put him through drills to see how agile he is and how he moves and changes direction. There’s more to being a good safety in the NFL than just being a great athlete.

Also keep an eye on: WR Noel Thomas

7. USC, Wednesday, March 22

Who to watch: JuJu Smith-Schuster is a polished and strong receiver with a lot of intangible skills teams will like. He ran the 40 in 4.54 seconds at the Combine. Already one of the top receivers available, if he can get that down into the 4.4’s at his pro day, he might earn himself a little more money.

Also keep an eye on: T Zach Banner, RB Justin Davis, CB Adoree' Jackson, G Damien Mama, WR Darreus Rogers, NT Stevie Tu’ikolovatu, C Chad Wheeler

6. Michigan State, Wednesday, March 22

Who to watch: Malik McDowell is trying to become the first defensive tackle off the board in this year’s draft. Teams want to know why his production dipped so significantly from 2015 (13 TFL & 4.5 sacks) to 2016 (7 TFL, 1.5 sacks). Footwork and technique drills will be important for him.

Also keep an eye on: LB Riley Bullough, S Montae Nicholson

5. Missouri, Thursday, March 23

Who to watch: Charles Harris (6-3, 253) will want to prove to 4-3 teams he can put his hand in the dirt and play the edge. Teams that run a 3-4 will want to see if Harris can stand up and play in space. His size kind of makes him a tweener.

Also keep an eye on: DT Josh Augusta, CB Aarion Penton

4. Notre Dame, Thursday, March 23

Who to watch: Who is the best quarterback in this draft? Mitch Trubisky? Deshaun Watson? DeShone Kizer? On Thursday, Kizer will get his 50 or so throws in front of the scouts and try to put his name atop the list.

Also keep an eye on: DT Jarron Jones, LB James Onwualu, DT Isaac Rochell

3. Stanford, Thursday, March 23

Who to watch: Could Solomon Thomas be the second player taken in the draft? Some analysts think the super versatile pass rusher could be the second name called after Myles Garrett on the first night of the draft. He had a terrific Combine, and if he impresses at his pro day, he could potentially be in the conversation for the 49ers at No. 2.

Also keep an eye on: RB Christian McCaffrey, C Johnny Caspers, WR Michael Rector, K Conrad Ukropina

2. Ohio State, Thursday, March 23

Who to watch: Curtis Samuel trained the month before the Combine to be a receiver in Indianapolis. He said he was going to go back to training as both a receiver and running back after the Combine leading into the draft. He rushed for 771 yards and eight touchdowns and caught 74 passes for 865 yards and seven scores last season. He ran the 40 in 4.31 seconds at the Combine. He’ll likely work at both spots and return kicks at his pro day.

Also keep an eye on: CB Marshon Lattimore, S Malik Hooker, CB Gareon Conley, WR Noah Brown, C Pat Elfein, P Cameron Johnston, LB Raekwon McMillan

1. Michigan, Friday, March 24

Who to watch: Cornerback Jourdan Lewis was charged with one count of misdemeanor domestic violence earlier this week after an incident involving his girlfriend. Teams will want to know all the details surrounding that incident.

Also keep an eye on: DE Taco Charlton, S Jabrill Peppers, G Ben Braden, TE Jake Butt, WR Jehu Chesson, CB Jeremy Clark, WR Amara Darboh, LB Ben Gedeon, DT Ryan Glasgow, DT Matthew Godin, SS Delano Hill, G Kyle Kalis, G Erik Magnuson, RB De’Veon Smith, CB Channing Stribling, S Dymonte Thomas, DE Chris Wormley