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TWENTYMAN: 5 pro days to watch this week

5. Iowa, March 25, TBD

Who to watch: All eyes will be on tight ends T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant, who are trying to become the first tight end teammates to be drafted in the first round together. It’s unclear how much of the testing either player will do after performing so well at the Combine. Hockenson has long been considered the best tight end in this draft for his overall game, but Fant was impressive at the Combine. He'll try to show teams at Iowa’s pro day that he should get some consideration to be the first tight end off the board.

Also keep an eye on: Safety Amani Hooker and defensive end Anthony Nelson.

4. N.C. State, March 27, 11 a.m.

Who to watch: While there’s not a top-end interior line talent like Notre Dame’s Quinten Nelson last year, there are some quality interior offensive linemen in this class. N.C. State’s Garrett Bradbury might be the best of them all. He had a terrific Combine, and hopes to cement his status as the top interior lineman off the board with a good pro day.

Also keep an eye on: Quarterback Ryan Finley, wide receiver Kelvin Harmon, tackle Tyler Jones, wide receiver Jakobi Meyers and linebacker Germaine Pratt.

3. Florida, March 27, 8:30 a.m.

Who to watch: Edge rusher Jachai Polite had 17.5 tackles for loss and 11 sacks, and led the nation with six forced fumbles for the Gators this past season, but he also had a rather pedestrian-like Combine, running the 40-yard dash in 4.84 seconds, which was 22nd among all defensive linemen. He didn’t show off much explosion. He’d be well advised to test again at Florida’s pro day with the hope of improving some of those testing numbers and helping his draft stock.

Also keep an eye on: Tackle Jawaan Taylor, safety Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, offensive lineman Martez Ivey, defensive end CeCe Jefferson, offensive lineman Fred Johnson, linebacker Vosean Joseph and running back Jordan Scarlett.

2. Ole Miss, March 29, 9 a.m.

Who to watch: Wide receiver D.K. Metcalf likely cemented his status as a first-round pick with his athleticism and Combine numbers. But fellow receiver A.J. Brown was actually the more productive player and No. 1 receiver at Ole Miss with 85 receptions for 1,320 yards and six scores this past season. He’s likely to be a first-round pick too, but a good pro day will go a long way to making that a reality.

Also keep an eye on: Metcalf, tight end Dawson Knox, tackle Greg Little, wide receiver DaMarkus Lodge, offensive lineman Javon Patterson, quarterback Jordan Ta’amu, cornerback Ken Webster and safety Zedrick Woods.

1. Mississippi State, March 27, 9 a.m.

Who to watch: There’s little chance edge rusher Montez Sweat does any kind of testing at this pro day after wowing at the Combine with a modern record 40-yard dash of 4.41 seconds for a defensive lineman and testing well in other areas. Sweat is 6-foot-6 and 260 pounds, which is pretty amazing.

Also keep an eye on: Safety Johnathan Abram, offensive lineman Shaq Calhoun, quarterback Nick Fitzgerald, edge rusher Gerri Green, safety Mark McLaurin and cornerback Jamal Peters.

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