It's not all bad news in the land of football today, as 2011 NFL Draft prospects will begin making their final professional auditions today as pro days start. Big-name prospects (like a certain Mr. Newton) will be on the field at their alma maters as early as next week; in the meantime, a few prominent guys will be on the field today.
Baylor's pro day is today, meaning that possible second-round pick Phil Taylor - a 337-pound nose tackle - will be on the field. Taylor is perhaps the best of a thin group of players that fits the mold of a prototypical zero-technique player in the 3-4, and a guy many Buffalo Bills fans are interested in. Taylor's teammate, guard Danny Watkins, is also a high-round projection. Both of these players were on the South roster coached by Chan Gailey at the 2011 Senior Bowl.
Another intriguing prospect will be on the field at Utah State's pro day today, with cornerback Curtis Marsh - a raw but supremely talented athlete - on the field. He is likely to garner mid-round consideration, which could make him a target for the Bills, as they need a cornerback, but may not get one early.
A full schedule of this year's pro days, courtesy of Dan Kadar at Mocking the Draft, lies after the jump.
|03/03/2011||Baylor, FAU, Tulane, Utah State|
|03/04/2011||Alabama State, Albany State, Lindenwood, Troy, Weber State|
|03/07/2011||Arkansas Tech, Central Arkansas, Rhode Island, Tuskegee|
|03/08/2011||Alabama A&M, Arkansas, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Auburn, Fordham, Liberty, Minnesota, Northwestern, Oklahoma, Prairie View A&M|
|03/09/2011||Alabama, BYU, California-Davis, California, Clark-Atlanta, Colorado State, Georgia Tech, Kent State, Mississippi State, Nebraska-Omaha, North Texas, Northern Colorado, Portland State, Rutgers, West Georgia, Wisconsin, UTEP|
|03/10/2011||Akron, Buffalo, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Nebraska, Northern Illinois, Ohio, Texas Tech, West Texas, Wofford|
|03/11/2011||Eastern Illinois, Idaho, Jackson State, Ohio State, Oregon State, Purdue, Southern Miss, TCU, Tennessee|
|03/14/2011||Air Force, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, LSU, Montana, Newberry, Wake Forest, Widener|
|03/15/2011||Bowling Green, Eastern Kentucky, Emporia State, Florida, Kansas State, McNeese State, Montana State, Pittsburgh, Robert Morris, Southeast Louisiana, Towson|
|03/16/2011||Arkansas-Monticello, Bowie State, California (PA), Delaware, Florida A&M, Illinois, Indiana, James Madison, Louisian-Monroe, Marshall, Maryland, Michigan State, Penn State, Virginia Union, William & Mary|
|03/17/2011||Appalachian State, Grambling State, Lehigh, Louisiana Tech, Michigan, Missouri, North Alabama, Stanford, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia|
|03/18/2011||Arkansas State, Indiana State, New Mexico State, Northwestern State (LA), Temple, Virginia Union|
|03/21/2011||Abilene Christian, Georgia Southern, Iowa, North Dakota State, Valdosta State|
|03/22/2011||Iowa State, Mississippi, Nevada, South Dakota State|
|03/23/2011||Boston College, Central Florida, Connecticut, East Carolina, Iowa State, North Carolina State, Syracuse, Tennessee-Chattanooga, Texas State|
|03/24/2011||Boise State, Maine, Middle Tennessee State, UNLV, New Hampshire, New Mexico, San Diego State, South Florida, Southern Illinois, Tennessee State, Western Kentucky|
|03/25/2011||Arizona State, Ball State, Wofford|
|03/28/2011||Central Missouri, Cincinnati, Citadel, Missouri Western, Northwest Missouri State, Rice|
|03/29/2011||Coastal Carolina, Texas, UCLA, Utah|
|03/30/2011||New Mexico State, North Carolina Central, Northern Iowa, Southern California, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Washington|
|03/31/2011||North Carolina, Stephen F. Austin|
|04/07/2011||Jacksonville State, Notre Dame|