The St. Louis Rams were among the NFL teams on hand for the Vanderbilt pro day on Friday. No surprise. Fisher lives in the Nashville area, but team reps were not there to look at Music City's gated communities, they were there to scout some prospects.
And who were they looking at? Let's examine Vandy's prospects and get caught up on the latest draft talk.
Defensive players were in the spotlight in Nashville. Cornerback Casey Hayward, projected as a third- or fourth-round pick, showed off coverage skills and caught the ball well in drills, according to Tony Pauline.
The SI.com pro day guru also says to keep an eye on safety Sean Richardson. Currently projected as a late-round pick or UDFA, Richardson showed a natural change of direction ability and moved well. The safety class this year is terrible, again, and Richardson could turn a few heads.
The star of the show in Music City was defensive end Tim Fugger. Listed at 6' 3 1/2" 248 lbs, Fugger ran his forty under 4.6 seconds. He put up 29 reps on the bench press, and turned heads in the other drills performing as a linebacker and a defensive end.
More draft notes for your Saturday consumption:
- Morris Claiborne's wrist surgery is unlike to impact his draft stock, according to the experts. Claiborne is having surgery to repair a torn ligament. He ran in the 4.39-4.44 range at his pro day this week.
- Utah offensive tackle Tony Bergstrom worked out well at his pro day, worked out by the Patriots coaching staff. He is projected as a potential third- or fourth-round pick.
- Andrew Luck, turns out, he's pretty good. Tight end Coby Fleener stole the show at Stanford's pro day with a blazing forty time. Many feel as though his blocking will limited his role in the NFL.
- Jonathan Martin and David DeCastro had mixed pro day results. DeCastro was reportedly awful working as a center; his natural position is guard. Martin was disappointing, running slower than expected and tiring as the workout went along. He still looks like a first-round pick, but he might have to wait until the later half of the first 32 picks to get his name called.
- Boise State running back Doug Martin kept his name in consideration as the top back in the draft behind Trent Richardson at his pro day. Martin or one of the other top backs in the draft should be available early in the second round, where the Rams have two picks. Will they take a chance on one of them?