TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona State held its annual Pro Day on Thursday afternoon, with several graduating seniors and former players participating in drills hoping to increase their stock ahead of the 2017 NFL Draft.
Players began with measurements, lifts, and jumps inside of the Lawrence Center at the Carson Student-Athlete Center. Following that, they shifted to the Verde Dickey Dome at the Kajikawa Practice Fields.
The following 28 teams had spotted scouts in attendance Thursday: Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Arizona Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Rams, New York Giants, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs.
Scout reported there being another NFL team and three Canadian Football League teams with representatives present during the session, as well.
There was also a scout for the San Diego Padres in attendance. (Seriously.)
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis was on hand for workouts. He was joined by Cincinnati’s special teams coordinator, who held a private meeting with ASU kicker Zane Gonzalez, before putting the Lou Groza Award winner through a series of field-goal attempt and kick-off drills outside towards the end of the session out on the Kajikawa Practice Fields.
Gonzalez, though not perfect, demonstrated some big range during the field-goal portion of the session, and placed all of his viewed kickoffs into the end zone, where senior wide receiver Tim White stood to field them.
White himself had a very productive day. The electric wideout and returnman clocked unofficial 40-yard dash times of 4.51 and 4.49. The former all-conference triple-jumper also put his great leaping ability on display, recording a vertical jump of 38.5 inches (which would have been considered amongst the “Top Performers” scores at this year’s NFL Combine).
White also appeared comfortable catching passes from quarterback Manny Wilkins during a route-running session. White made a couple of very impressive leaping grabs during the red-zone portion of the drill, and impressively tracked down a couple of deep passes, too.
However, White wasn't the only receiving target who impressed. Former wideout Fred Gammage and tight end Kody Kohl each strenghtened their respective stocks.
Gammage clocked a couple of unofficial sub-4.50 40-yard dash times, along with an unofficial time of 6.68 in the 3-cone drill. Kohl logged 22 reps on the bench press, and clocked impressive unofficial 40-yard dash times of 4.75 and 4.63. The two also looked good catching the ball, with Kohl leading the charge, reeling in several passes effortlessly with his hands amidst demonstrating aerial athleticism on deep and intermediate passing routes.
Defensively, there were a couple of standouts, too. Defensive back De’Chavon Hayes whizzed through the 40-yard dash circuit. He told us afterwards that he officially logged a time of 4.32, acknowledging his goal was to surpass Washington’s John Ross’ new record of 4.22.
Hayes, who also played running back during his time at ASU, added a 36-inch vertical and a 6.75 3-cone drill to his strong showing of athleticism.
Laiu Moeakiola posted unofficial 40-yard dash times of 4.33 and 4.52.
Sun Devil linebacker Antonio Longino, one of a handful former players who participated Thursday, clocked unofficial 40-yard dash times of 4.84 and 4.73.
Still, while the players may have shined on the field, the star of the show may have been Tim White’s daughter, who was very excited to see her father participate in the 40-yard dash.
Before Tim White ran, his daughter yelled, "Look, that's my daddy!" Easily one of the most precious things I've ever seen.— Kaelen Jones (@kaelenjones) March 16, 2017
Current players including running back Kalen Ballage, safety Marcus Ball, and long-snapper Mitchell Frabroni had very heartfelt moments holding White’s daughter, making for the most humanizing parts of the day.
(‘Top Performers’ at NFL Combine — 40-yd Dash: 4.22-.45; Bench: 14-23 reps; Vertical: 36-43.5 in; Broad: 10’5”-11’4”; 3-Cone: 6.57-6.83; 20-yd Shuttle: 4.00-.19; 60-yd Shuttle: 10.71-11.77)
(NFL Combine Top Performers — 40yD: 4.42-.97; Bench: 17-24 reps; Vert: 28.0-39.0; Broad: 9’1”-11’2”; 3C: 6.85-7.55; 20yS: 4.16-.59; 60yS: 11.46-12.41)
(NFL Combine Top Performers — 40yD: 4.81-5.22; Bench: 25-35 reps; Vert: 27.5-32.0; Broad: 8’10”-9’7”; 3C: 7.29-.83; 20yS: 4.47-.78; 60yS: N/A)
(NFL Combine Top Performers — 40yD: 4.52-.75; Bench: 25-35 reps; Vert: 32.5-41.0; Broad: 10’0”-11’1”; 3C: 6.85-7.20; 20yS: 4.19-.39; 60yS: 11.43-12.48)
(NFL Combine Top Performers — 40yD: 4.46-.73; Bench: 18-27 reps; Vert: 31.5-37.5; Broad: 9’8”-10’8”; 3C: 6.75-7.28; 20yS: 4.13-4.43; 60yS: 11.20-12.13)
(NFL Combine Top Performers — 40yD: 4.28-.45; Bench: 17-22 reps; Vert: 35.5-44.0; Broad: 10’4”-11’9”; 3C: 6.56-.87; 20yS: 3.89-4.18; 60yS: 11.14-.92)
(NFL Combine Top Performers — 40yD: 4.70-5.30; Bench: 30; Vert: 25.5-34.0; Broad: 8’3”-9’7”; 3C: N/A; 20yS: N/A; 60yS: N/A)
Zane Gonzalez (PK)
Matt Haack (P)