Here's some select reports form the college Pro Days conducted this past week and the notable performances from players I think the Panthers light be targeting.
The Panthers are very hush hush in their pro day travels so its hard to know which pro days they attended and which they did not. In no particular order:
This is disappointing but given Ricky Proehl has spent significant time with Allen recently I think we know what he brings to the table:
Thursday Pro Day results: Keenan Allen sits out, unknowns impress - SBNation.com
Cal: Keenan Allen, SB Nation's No. 2 wideout in the 2013 NFL Draft class, did not run through any testing. He was expected to go through position drills, but had to pull out after his knee began bothering him during warmups. It was a quiet day in general, with the Combine participants opting to sit out for the most part.
I'm predicting that if the Panthers pass on Allen he will slide to the end of the 1st if not the 2nd round, imo.
Now on to God's country, in the downtown A-T-L and the home of the fuzzy bees!
T.J. Barnes, DL (6-foot-6, 364 lbs) — Barnes worked out and did a little bit better than he did in Indianapolis. He’s got good feet, but he needs to get his weight down.
Rod Sweeting, DB (5-foot-11 1/4, 188 pounds) — Sweeting ran the short-shuttle in 4.13 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.09 seconds. Sweeting did drills at the defensive back position.
I've never been very impressed with Barnes as the GT run D has sucked the entire time he was there. Sweeting is a late round pick at best but would be worth it.
Denard Robinson, WR (5-foot-10 3/8, 199 pounds) — Robinson was the only player from Michigan who participated at the NFL Scouting Combine. Robinson stood by his combine numbers (he did run an official time of 4.43 seconds in the 40-yard dash). At Michigan’s pro day, Robinson caught balls as a receiver, and did also worked out as a running back and return specialist. His best NFL position might be running back — even if he worked out at receiver at the combine and played quarterback while at Michigan — as he can really make things happen when the ball is in his hands.
Color me jaded but I don't want another WR converted QB. I'd rather we spend that pick 6th round pick on this guy:
Denard Robinson gets some work as RB at Michigan’s pro day - NFL.com
Patrick Omameh, G (6-4 1/8, 303) — Omameh ran the 40 in 5.20 and 5.19 seconds. He had a 27-inch vertical jump and an 8-foot-11 broad jump. He had a 4.65-second short shuttle and performed 22 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. He has 34-inch arms, which are long. Teams will take a closer look at this player, and he could wind up being a sixth- or seventh-round draft pick.
I've cooled on the notion the Panthers might draft a kicker for a few reasons. One is guys like this will most likely go undrafted:
Arthur Brown impresses at Kansas State’s pro day - NFL.com
Anthony Cantele, PK (5-foot-10 1/4, 176 pounds) — He has a very strong leg and did not miss any of his field goal attempts, including a 58-yarder.
Bring him in and let him compete with Gano.
If you are still key on getting a big receiver then here's a mid-round prospect who is big and fast
Kansas State pro day results: Arthur Brown puts up strong numbers - SBNation.com
Other notable prospects in attendance included wide receiver Chris Harper, the No. 21 wideout in the draft according to Kadar, as well as Heisman Trophy finalist and quarterback Collin Klein. Harper ran a surprisingly fast 40-yard dash, timed at 4.38 seconds on some watches. For a receiver of his size (6'1, 229 pounds), that is impressive speed.
Don't be surprised if the Panthers go offensive line early again in the this draft. I watched tape from the Alabama pro day and both Fluker and Warmack looked really good out there:
Alabama’s top prospects take part in first of three workouts - NFL.com
D.J. Fluker, OT (5-6, 334) — Fluker only did position drills, and will work out again on April 11.
I have to admit the possibility of getting the RT we thought Jeff Otah was going to be is very enticing.
The Panthers are bringing in Shariff Floyd for a private workout as Floyd did not work out at his pro day anyway. But there was a quote from Floyd's HC at UF I liked:
NFL descends upon Gainesville for Florida Gators' Pro Day | TBO.com
The guy can anchor. He can play the run. He's got great initial quickness. He can rush the passer," Muschamp said. "He's everything you want for an inside player. … From a general manager's perspective, talking to his owner and talking about spending money on a player, a clean player that's got no issues off the field, you know that's a very smart pick in my opinion because you've got a guy that can be a very dominating player that's got so many positive things surrounding him and he's been exposed to so many different things within our scheme."
Floyd seems like the kind of player Rivera would like up front.
Back on the WRs, here's the guy that is very similar to Stedman Bailey:
Oregon State shows off its top talents at pro day - NFL.com
Markus Wheaton, WR, (5-foot-11 1/8, 186 pounds) — Did wide receiver drills. He caught the ball very well, but he had some trouble tracking the ball overhead on long throws.
That's Gil Brant commenting whom I'm not impressed with as far as the detail he provides on his observations. So I'm not too concerned about Wheaton as he remains a solid 2nd round pick. Here's some pictures from the Oregon St pro day. This one in particular is impressive, CB Brian Watkins who can get up: