Derrick Henry led the nation in rushing, won a Heisman Trophy and led Alabama to a national championship this past season, but he's still working to prove himself as he prepares for April's NFL Draft.
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Jameis Winston has won the Heisman Trophy and gone to the Pro Bowl, but from an NFL perspective, he's the least accomplished quarterback in the NFC South.
In a crowd of hopeful NFL draftees Jameis Winston blends in with the others but at the same time definitely stands out. “When Jameis has an opportunity to talk to those kids, everyone listens,” renowned performance trainer Tom Shaw said. “Even the vets that were up there, they stopped, they listened, they stopped, they’re looking at him, because he’s telling his story.”
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The standard for “better” is going to be a high one, but Prescott has embraced that. He was training in Orlando with quarterback specialist Tom Show within weeks of his rookie season ending, and he was back at the Cowboys’ facility for workouts long before the official start of the offseason program. He had Ezekiel Elliott and Dez Bryant watching tape with him after practices in May, and he scheduled workouts with his wide receivers during the off weeks leading up to training camp.
Davis didn’t go through any physical tests during his time at the NFL Scouting Combine as he was still working that ankle back to full strength, but he certainly seized his moment at pro day. Davis said afterward that he hit 38.5 inches on the vertical jump, 10 feet, 9 inches on the broad jump and ran the 40-yard dash in a personal-best 4.56 seconds. While it was different venues, different days, etc., Davis’ vertical jump and broad jump marks were better than any linebacker achieved at the combine and his 40 time would have been second-best compared to that list.
Prescott credits his work in Orlando with coach Tom Shaw, who prepared him for the draft last year, as well as the off-season work with Cowboys strength coach Mike Woicik. “My numbers went up,” Prescott said. “It’s just working hard continuously. That is how I have gotten to where I am in life. I’m not going to forget that and keep working hard. … I don’t look at what’s behind me. I look at where I can go and what I can do. The only way I know to do that is through hard work.
When NFL scouts go to Chapel Hill on Tuesday for UNC’s pro day, they’ll see a different Marquise Williams than what last year’s film shows. Williams finished last season at 228 pounds, and he says he’s down to 215. And they’ll see a quarterback who isn’t too keen on taking off and running at the next level like he did for the Tar Heels.
After 3 days and 256 picks, University of Montana Linebacker Brock Coyle was still without a team. However, the Former Griz captain was quickly signed to a free agent contract with the Seattle Seahawks.