clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Cheese Curds, 4/13: Draft prospects, agents hard at work on Pro Day videos

Prospects with disappointing Combine performances — or no Combine invites at all — are getting creative this month. Thankfully, they have a little help.

If you buy something from an SB Nation link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement.

NFL Combine - Day 3 Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

The 2020 NFL Scouting Combine was an odd one for TCU wide receiver Jalen Reagor. An electric athlete on tape, Reagor expected to contend with Alabama’s Henry Ruggs for the best 40-yard dash time in Indianapolis. He showed up in Indy rocked up, weighing in at 206 pounds despite standing a bit under 5-foot-11.

But then he ran, and the times were surprising. And not in a good way.

While Ruggs led the way in this year’s class with a blistering 4.24-second time, Reagor was a almost a quarter of a second slower at 4.47. He also posted particularly disappointing times in agility drills, landing in the bottom ten percent of receiver times in both the 3-cone and shuttle drills.

His timed speed would still keep him in consideration for the Packers, but those agility times on their own could be a disqualifier. But now, having cut a bit of weight, Reagor seems to be showing the athletic ability that he displayed on tape. A virtual Pro Day video shows him running a 40 in the 4.2s with much more respectable agility times.

The question is whether these videos and numbers can be trusted. Thankfully, there is a willing resource available to help agents and players set these videos up, providing advice on everything from camera angles to timing to the video layout. And with tons of these videos streaming into team facilities, having a valid and trustworthy video could be as important as an interview in this year’s odd draft season.

Jalen Reagor drops weight, runs better times at individual pro day | Packers Wire
After losing about 10 pounds, Reagor posted a virtual Pro Day video recently with very impressive times, and if they can be verified that should put him firmly back in consideration.

How the NFL dreams of draft prospects are being impacted this year – The Athletic
Jim Nagy, the director of the Senior Bowl, has been an instrumental figure in this year's draft preparation process. Nagy has developed instructions for players and agents on how to prepare virtual Pro Day videos -- like Reagor's -- to increase the odds that teams will believe the numbers that come out of them.

Patrick Queen gives Green Bay Packers shot at another LSU linebacker with 'sky-high ceiling' |
The Packers traded up to pick 48 in round two back in 2016, but they drafted Jason Spriggs instead of Deion Jones. Now Queen is the latest athletic linebacker out of LSU, and he should be under consideration if he remains on the board at 30.

Ten NFL Draft prospects who won't be picked high enough | Packer Report
These names come from Pro Football Focus, so take them with a grain of salt since they're based on the players' college grades. Still, there are a few players on this list that this writer is a fan of, including Missouri defensive lineman Jordan Elliott.

Packers host virtual pre-draft meeting with Alabama OLB Terrell Lewis | Packers Wire
If the Packers grab another EDGE before the end of day two next week, Lewis might be a great fit. He's on the bigger side at 6-foot-5 and 262 pounds, sort of in the Preston Smith mold (6-foot-5, 265) and he had one of the best pass-rush pressure rates in college football last year.

Wesley’s Boobie Trap gets weather shoutout from James Spann and everyone loved it -
An Alabama weatherman used a couple of key landmarks on the air to track the path of the storm: a barbeque restaurant and the appropriately-named strip club in the headline.

Finally, here’s a prospect who probably will go undrafted despite a great nose for the football: