Pro days are in full swing leading up to April’s NFL Draft in Cleveland. The 2021 Missouri Pro Day featured Tiger prospects and shared the field with Central Missouri players as well. Let’s break down their performances.
Pro Day: Missouri
While all eyes were on linebacker Nick Bolton, it was another Mizzou defender who lit up the Tigers Pro Day workout today.
The junior linebacker measured a tick over 5’11” and 237 pounds. His 40 times came in between 4.58 to 4.60 seconds. His other marks included 32 inches in the vertical jump, 7.39 seconds in the three-cone, and 4.50 in the short shuttle. Bolton, a fierce run defender in college, struggled terribly in coverage drills.
The winner of the 2021 Missouri Pro Day was safety Tyree Gillespie, who continued the momentum of his terrific performance at Senior Bowl practice.
He timed as fast as 4.38 seconds in the 40 and 7.06 in the three-cone. Gillespie also put up 15 reps on the bench press. During drills Gillespie looked sensational, dropping just a few deep throws, which got lost in the indoor lights. His backpedal was quick and smooth, and Gillespie showed the ability to flip his hips. The Las Vegas Raiders sent their defensive backs coach to run the workout. Gillespie is also drawing interest from the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans.
Other Tigers prospects at the pro day
The Tigers’ other safety, Joshuah Bledsoe, did not work out as he has a cast on his hand from an injury sustained at the Senior Bowl.
Running back Larry Rountree III, another Senior Bowl participant, timed 4.62 and 4.68 in the 40. His vertical jump was 30 inches, but he timed a swift 6.96 seconds in the three-cone.
Virginia Tech transfer Damon Hazelton had a solid day. The tall receiver timed 4.60 in the 40 but touched 37.5 inches in the vertical jump and the prospect looked terrific catching the ball during the 2021 Missouri Pro Day.
Pro Day: Central Missouri
Considering small schools in the nation saw most of their football seasons canceled along with the Shrine Game and Combine, it’s imperative prospects from these programs shine during pro day workouts. That’s exactly what tight end Zach Davidson did today.
The Central Missouri Pro Day was held in unison with the Missouri workout and Zach Davidson, who received an NFL Combine invitation, turned heads. Graded as a draftable prospect on my big board since last year, Davidson looked terrific in all elements of the pro day and drew lots of praise.
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Davidson measured 6’6 1/2″ and 245 pounds. He touched 37.5 inches in the vertical and 9’9″ in the broad jump. He also completed 17 reps on the bench press. His 40 timed between 4.58 to 4.62 seconds, with his three-cone coming in at a swift 6.95 seconds. Davidson’s short shuttle was 4.19 seconds.
Those on hand told me Davidson looked terrific in pass-catching and blocking drills. He was described as a “tough, good football player,” something that comes through on game film. I’ve consistently graded Davidson as a 6th/7th round prospect, but today could vault him into the early or middle part of Day 3. The New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons, and Philadelphia Eagles are teams heavily courting the tight end at this point.
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