The 2012 NFL Draft has a deep group of receivers to choose from. Size. speed, route running, hands, separation, toughness, are all traits that teams look for in a receiver. Some prospects have solidified their status as high draft prospects; Michael Floyd, Kendall Wright, and Justin Blackmon to name a few.
There are other receivers that scouts have questions about in regard to speed, durability, and route running. Pro Day offers these prospects the opportunity to put aside some of these concerns. After the jump I will list three prospects from this years receiving class that may have helped their draft status.
1. A.J. Jenkins, Ill 6'0 190. Jenkins stood on his numbers from The Combine. He ran an impessive 4.39 in the forty yard dash. Jenkins impressed many with his route running during drills at The Illinois Pro Day. He may have done enough to warrant second or third round consideration.
2. Greg Childs, Ark 6'3 219. The often injured Razorback WR displayed improvement from his combine numbers. His forty time went from 4.55 at the the combine, to a 4.39 at his Pro Day. Childs also improved his vertical jump from 36.5 to 40.5. His durability is a concern; yet some teams will take a chance based upon his size and potential when healthy. My guess would be rounds 4-5.
3. D.J. Woods, Cincy 6'0 180. Woods ran a 4.42 forty yard dash and had a 37 inch vertical. Teams will do a Mike Mayock, and go back and look at tape . If his film comes close to his workout numbers, Woods may go from an UDFA to a mid round pick.