In pursuit of being selected in the 2016 NFL Draft, a handful of former Arizona State Sun Devil football players took part in the program's annual Pro Day showcase on Friday.
The workouts began with a measuring and weight-room session at the Carson Student-Athlete Center before moving to the Verde Dickey Dome for on-field drills.
Participants included quarterback Mike Bercovici, wide receivers Gary Chambers, D.J. Foster and Devin Lucien, defensive backs Kweishi Brown, Lloyd Carrington and Solomon Means, defensive linemen Demetrius Cherry, Mo Latu and Jay Quitmeyer, linebacker Antonio Longino, offensive center Nick Kelly, and offensive guards Christian Westerman and Vi Teofilo.
Former safety Jordan Simone took part in weigh-ins and measuring, however was not involved in the on-field portion of the day.
At least 16 NFL teams were represented, and at least two scouts representing Canadian Football League teams were in attendance.
Several players stood out during the event, and may become viable options for an NFL team following their performances. Below are a few of the standout scores and times from Friday:
- Vi Teofilo (OG) recorded 43 reps during the bench-press portion of workouts
- Mo Latu (DL) recorded 34 reps during the bench-portion of workouts
- D.J. Foster (RB/WR) unofficially logged 40-yard dash times within the 4.5 second range.
- Gary Chambers (WR) jumped 36 inches during the vertical workout
- Lloyd Carrington (CB) jumped 34 inches during the vertical workout and benched 14 reps during the bench-press portion
Below, we take a look at what we learned about some of the participants following Pro Day:
Weight: 305 pounds; Bench: 43 reps; Vertical: 29 1/2"; 40 time: 5.23u, 5.3u
Teofilo not only helped his case for draft selection on Friday, but he may have ensured he's chosen.
His 43 reps would have been the highest total of any performer at this year's Combine, besting his former teammate Westerman's 34.
"I've worked hard since the season ended," he said. "I expected a high number, and I set a high goal."
Not only was Teofilo's strength on display, but his vertical jump of 29 1/2" would be within the 70th percentile of offensive guard performers at the Combine based on data tracked from MockDrafttable.com's database. He also clocked an unofficial three-cone time of 7.74 and another within the 7.6-range, unofficially.
The explosiveness he displays at his size is something teams will assuredly take notice of.
Teofilo's calm demeanor and presence was something his peers ahead of the workout noted as something that played a role in his performance.
"I never really over-do myself," he said. "I don't beat myself up before I do anything. I've enjoyed (the process). Not too many people get to do it; that's the way I look at it.
"I just want an opportunity."
Don't be surprised to hear Teofilo's name selected at some point during the draft.
Hands: 10 1/8", Arms: 31 7/8", Wingspan: 76 1/2"; 40 time: 4.42u, 4.52u ; Vertical: 34 1/2"
Lucien turned in a good Pro Day showing, particularly during on-field drills.
Congrats to ASU @D_Lucien15 , from what I'm hearing from some NFL scouts is that he ran fast, tested well and looked good running routes.— Rudy Carpenter (@rudygcarp12) March 4, 2016
He said he had been working hard on improving his 40-yard dash time during the process, and it showed when he clocked unofficial times of 4.56, with some saying his times even bested that.
Lucien came alive late during his lone season with the Sun Devils, but his speed and production is something teams will take interest in down the road.
Foster ran a 4.57 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine last week, but crushed that number with two runs sub-4.5 on Friday.
Hearing DJ Foster ran a 4.45 40, which is better than his combine 4.57. #ProDay— Doug Haller (@DougHaller) March 4, 2016
Foster wanted to prove that he has top-end speed to match his quickness.
"I heard anything from 4.42 to 4.46," he said regarding his 40-yard dash times on the day. "Any of those I'm happy with to be honest."
Foster looked good in drills, running routes out of both the backfield and flankered out wide. He even hauled in a one-handed catch, drawing reaction from those in attendance.
"I caught the ball very well," he said. "I wanted to show running back and receiver routes, so overall great day."
After choosing to sit out the 20-yard and 40-yard shuttles, as well as the three-cone drill (he tested in the 90th percentile in each amongst all running backs who've participated at the Combine since 1999), he only bettered his stock with his run.
Weight: 235 pounds; 40 times: 4.8u, 4.85u
Longino led the Pac-12 in sacks and was not only omitted from the all-conference teams, but was overlooked during the Combine selection process.
"(I came) to prove that I shouldn't be overlooked and to put my name on the board," he said.
On Friday, Longino turned in two 40-yard dash times within the 4.8 range, put up 22 reps during the bench press, and took part in coverage drills.
"I feel like I'm comfortable wherever they put me," he said. "I'm gonna adjust. I've gotta make a living, so whatever they want to put me, I'll do it."
Vertical: 36", 40 times: 4.6u, 4.6u
Standing over 6-foot-3 and weighing 215 pounds, Chambers is considered a sizable target lacking in speed. His vertical jump of 36 inches will confirm the fact he presents a wide catch radius, but his sub-4.7 time, at his size, suggests he's working hard to improve in other areas.
"Overall, I just wanted to be able to show the scouts that I could run some of the routes that they might not have seen me run during the season," he said. "I wanted to show that I'm a big, strong physical guy, but I can still be quick and still be fast."
Bercovici attempted 45 passes during his Pro Day routine (they had prepped 53 passes), taking most of his snaps from under-center. He threw to Chambers, Foster and former ASU receiver and current Denver Broncos returner Kyle Williams.
LIVE on #Periscope: Berco slinging it https://t.co/xvodRtS8k3— Kaelen Jones (@kaelenjones) March 4, 2016
"I think the biggest thing is that all of my film is pretty much in shotgun," he said. "I wanted to show that not only can I get under center and make all of the throws, but have the personality and presence of mind to prove that I can organize something like this, bring the best out of all the players and show high character."
Overall, it was a solid showcase. Plenty of throws were thrown with touch, but in some cases (mostly on routes within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage) he wasn't afraid to display the zip with which he can fire a pass.
Bercovici is reportedly being followed around by NFL Network for the channel's "Undrafted" series, but rightfully is keeping focus on reaching the NFL, regardless of capacity.