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TWENTYMAN: 4 pro days to watch this week

4. Nebraska, March 7, 2 p.m.

Who to watch: The Nebraska record for receiving yards in a season held for 45 years until Morgan Stanley's 986 yards in 2017 topped the record of 1972 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodger's 942 yards. Stanley broke his own record this past season with 1,004 yards on 70 receptions with seven touchdowns. Stanley ended his Nebraska career as the program's all-time leader in receptions (189) and receiving yards (2,747). Stanley (6-0, 202) ran the 40 in 4.53 seconds at the Combine and had an impressive 38.5-inch vertical. Can he further wow scouts at Nebraska's pro day?

Also keep an eye on: Running back Devine Ozigbo

3. Northern Illinois, March 6, 10:30 a.m.

Who to watch: Sutton Smith was the MAC Defensive Player of the Year this past season as an undersized edge rusher at 6.0, 233 pounds. That makes him an interesting prospect. In 14 starts in 2018, Smith posted 61 tackles and finished among the nation's leaders with 26.5 tackles for loss, 15 sacks, three forced fumbles. He also blocked two kicks. He's recorded 29 sacks the last two seasons. His size will be an issue in the NFL level, but he could find himself to be a core special teamer right away and potentially find a role as a rush linebacker in sub packages.

Also keep an eye on: Tackle Max Scharping

2. Kansas State, March 6, 10 a.m.

Who to watch: Running back Alex Barnes had himself a nice Combine by putting up 34 reps on the bench press, a 38.5-inch vertical and a 10-foot-6 broad jump. He did that at 6-0, 226 pounds. Barnes posted 1,355 rushing yards and 12 scores on 256 carries (5.3 average) this past season and also caught 20 passes for 194 yards (9.7 per). He's a power back who ran the 40 at the Combine in 4.59.

Also keep an eye on: Tackle Dalton Risner

View photos of the running backs working out at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis

1. Colorado State, March 6, 9:45 a.m.

Who to watch: Preston Williams wasn't allowed to compete in the Combine because of an altercation involving a woman. The Tennessee transfer led CSU in catches (96), receiving yards (1,345) and receiving touchdowns (14) this past season. It will be the first time the 6-foot-4 Williams will run and test for what's likely to be all 32 NFL teams in Fort Collins.

Also keep an eye on: Wide receiver Bisi Johnson

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