Coaches, scouts and front office members have been dispatched around the country for pro days.
On Wednesday, offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and senior offensive assistant Derek Dooley attended Oklahoma's pro day. Meanwhile, outside linebackers coach/senior assistant Bret Bielema was in his old stomping grounds at the University of at Wisconsin, where he was Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2006.
The Sooners' showcase was headlined by 2019 Heisman Trophy runner-up Jalen Hurts throwing to wide receiver CeeDee Lamb, the ninth overall prospect according to NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah. They were among 13 NFL hopefuls working out for talent evaluators, a list that included linebacker Kenneth Murray (No. 22 prospect) and defensive tackle Neville Gallimore (No. 45).
"Lamb is a tall, lean wideout with top-tier hands, toughness and production," Jeremiah wrote in his scouting report. "He lines up inside and outside. He is a smooth, fluid route runner and understands how to set up cornerbacks. He also has a good feel in zone. He attacks the ball when working back to the quarterback and tracks the ball naturally down the field. Lamb doesn't have elite speed, but he can find some extra juice when the ball is in the air. He is at his best after the catch, as he consistently breaks tackles and is also very elusive. Overall, Lamb is a polished player who is equally explosive and reliable."
Oklahoma's running backs coach is DeMarco Murray, the school's career leader in all-purpose yards and career touchdowns and the 2014 NFL Offensive Player of the Year, which he won under Garrett with the Dallas Cowboys.
|PLAYER||BROAD||VERTICAL||40||20 YD SHUTTLE||3 CONE||BENCH|
|Nick Basquine||10'-2"||35 1/2"||4.50||4.50||7.28||19|
|A.D. Miller||10'-4"||31 1/2"||4.52||4.52||7.32||13|
|Marquise Overton||7'-11"||24 1/2"||5.38||5.07||8.32||20|
|Kahlil Haughton||10'-2"||32 1/2"||4.52||4.53||7.32||13|
|Marcelias Sutton||11'-3"||40 1/2"||4.50||4.45||7.51||16|
Up in Madison, Wisconsin, Bielema took in a pro day that included running back Jonathan Taylor (No. 35), linebacker Zack Baun (No. 38), Tyler Biadasz (Remington Trophy winner as nation's top center) and wide receiver Quintez Cephus.
"Baun is a slightly undersized outside linebacker with excellent athleticism and versatility," Jeremiah wrote of Baun, who played with current Giants linebacker Ryan Connelly at Wisconsin. "He spends a lot of time playing over tight ends and gets the best of them in the run and pass games. As a rusher, he has a good initial burst and can really bend at the top of his rush. He has a nifty inside counter move and he can get skinny before closing on the quarterback. He mixes in a stutter/bull rush, but usually stalls out after generating some push. He is very athletic as a dropper in coverage. He is very good as a back-side run defender because of his burst and effort. Teams will differ on where to play him at the next level. He reminds me of former USC LB Uchenna Nwosu, someone whose versatility the Chargers have tapped into. I'd do the same with Baun."