While the college sports conversation is dominated by March Madness, the college football scene is just as busy, as prospects are taking opportunities to show NFL teams their skills one more time before the 2015 NFL Draft. Here's a recap of last week's pro days that featured notable players looking to make moves in the draft.
Monday, March 9
After a jam-packed first week of pro days, the second week of events saw a quiet start. Only four were held on Monday: Grand Valley State, Tulsa, Montana, and Northern Arizona. While these schools have produced NFL players previously (Montana alum Dan Carpenter, for example), there aren't too many prospects coming out of these programs this year.
Tuesday, March 10
Before the additions of Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor to the Bills' roster, you might have heard the name Brett Hundley being suggested as a player that Buffalo should look at in the draft. Hundley is a projected second-rounder who made a strong showing at UCLA's Tuesday pro day. He showed off his skills, particularly in his arm strength, for representatives from 28 teams. These teams also turned out to see defensive end Owa Odighizuwa and defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy, who have both been billed as having the ability to play on the offensive line as well.
Those who have their fingers crossed that the Bills might address their offensive line in the draft may be interested in offensive lineman B.J. Finney, who made an appearance at Kansas State's pro day on Tuesday. Conversation about Finney has been fairly quiet, but NFL analyst Gil Brandt has called him a "day one starter."
Akron, Arizona, Army, Harvard, Kent State, Monmouth, Tennessee State, and UAB also held their pro days on Tuesday.
Wednesday, March 11
Wednesday's events saw performances from several high-profile prospects. Receiver and projected first-rounder Amari Cooper was the main draw at Alabama's pro day, which naturally drew representatives from every NFL team. Nick Saban talked to those scouts, and drew comparisons between Cooper and former Crimson Tide player Julio Jones. Alabama has other prospects who are projected to be selected as well. That includes T.J. Yeldon, who is part of this year's talented running back class and used his performance at the pro day to improve on his 40 time from the combine.
Louisville's pro day on Wednesday also drew many observers, including Bill Belichick and Mike Tomlin. Representatives were there to see receiver DeVante Parker, a projected first-rounder, who has already started meeting with several NFL teams. Tight end Gerald Christian was also a big draw; he improved on his Combine performance. Christian is projected to go later on in the draft, but has visits scheduled with the Eagles and the Cardinals.
Rutgers' Tyler Kroft, another notable tight end in this year's draft class, worked out during the Scarlet Knights' pro day after being unable to run at the Combine due to an injury.
Other pro days held on Wednesday included Central Arkansas, Cincinnati, Colorado State, Eastern Washington, Emporia State, Marshall, Oklahoma, Rice, South Florida, USC, and Wisconsin.
Thursday, March 12
If you heard anything about pro days last week, you heard about Marcus Mariota taking the field for Oregon's workout. There were almost 100 representatives in attendance, including the GMs of the Buccaneers and the Jets, as well as Ken Whistenhunt, head coach of the Titans. According to reports, not everyone was impressed with Mariota's performance, but that likely won't hurt his draft stock. Aside from Mariota, teams got another look at offensive tackle Jake Fisher, who was rated as "likely to become a starter" out of the combine.
Outside of Oregon, Washington State also held their pro day on Thursday. Although the Dolphins have already upgraded their defense with the addition of Ndamukong Suh, that doesn't mean they're done adding to their defensive roster; they were in attendance to take a look at defensive tackle Xavier Cooper, who took the spotlight as receiver Vince Mayle was dealing with an injury.
Buffalo, Delaware, Fresno State, Idaho, Kentucky, Miami (OH), Michigan, Oklahoma State, UNLV, and Wyoming also held their events on Thursday.
Friday, March 13
While Friday's pro days weren't as high-profile as some earlier in the week, the events that took place had strong turnouts from teams. Four of the six events that took place on Friday included representatives from all 32 teams. The Bills were noted as being in attendance at Hobart's pro day, likely to see offensive lineman Ali Marpet. The Patriots, Eagles, and Falcons were also present to see Marpet, who is likely to be selected in the second or third round of the draft, after being a top performer (particularly in speed drills) at the Combine.
Elsewhere, Friday was a big day for receiver prospects, including West Virginia's Kevin White, a potential top-five pick, and teammate Mario Alford. Ohio State receiver Devin Smith also gave scouts another look after being rated as a potential NFL starter after his appearance at the Combine.
Other Friday pro days included Georgia State, Georgie Tech, and Oregon State.
Check back for more updates as pro days continue this week.