Chris Steuber Journal
Posted: March 28, 2012
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Alshon Jeffery had a solid workout at South Carolina's Pro Day on Wednesday and has made things even more intriguing.
I’ve confirmed that 30 NFL teams attended South Carolina’s Pro Day on Wednesday, March 28th. The two teams that did not attend were the Arizona Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles.
Entering Wednesday’s pro day, the most intrigue surrounded my 29th rated prospect for next month’s NFL Draft, wide receiver Alshon Jeffery. Jeffery, who measured in at the Scouting Combine at 6-3 and a trimmed down 216 pounds, declined to workout at the Combine and decided to save his workout for the Gamecocks Pro Day. And from the buzz that’s making its way around the football universe, Jeffery impressed the assembled gathered in Columbia, SC.
It was surprising to hear that Jeffery lowered his weight to 216 pounds at the Combine, but it was even more surprising to learn that he lost three more pounds over the last month and weighed in at 213 pounds before Wednesday’s workout. As far as his workout numbers at the pro day, he reportedly ran between a 4.47 – 4.55 in the 40-yard dash and generated a 36.5-inch vertical and a 10’2” broad jump.
Those numbers will improve Jeffery’s draft stock and keep him in the late first-round mix with the Houston Texans, New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers selecting between 26 – 31.
The other two high profiled Gamecocks prospects, defensive end Melvin Ingram and Stephon Gilmore, are projected to be top 20 draft picks next month. Ingram has caught the eyes of 3-4 and 4-3 teams and in many circles he’s considered the draft’s premier pass rusher. Personally, I still rate Alabama’s Courtney Upshaw higher than Ingram.
I’ve been high on Gilmore for many months and had him on my Big Board since he declared for the draft in January, and his stock exploded after his sensational Combine workout. The 6-foot, 190-pound Gilmore is currently rated 17th overall on my Big Board.
Other South Carolina prospects that will likely hear their name called on draft day are: safety Antonio Allen (3rd – 4th Round) and defensive tackle Travian Robertson (7th Round – PFA).
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Chris Steuber has covered the NFL and NFL Draft for multiple media outlets over the last decade, and has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, including: The Colin Cowherd Show, NFL Network's Path to the Draft and Daily News Live on Comcast SportsNet (Philadelphia)... full biography