2015 NFL Draft pro days kicked off this past Monday, March 2, and will continue through April 9, giving scouts another chance to look at prospects that teams could be acquiring when the draft begins on April 30. Let's run through this past week's schedule and talk about some of the players that might interest Buffalo Bills fans.
Monday, March 2
The Bills attended the first major pro day in Minnesota, along with 21 other teams, on Monday. Prior to their trade for running back LeSean McCoy, Buffalo was potentially enticed to see David Cobb, who is currently ranked as the No. 10 overall running back in the draft, projected to be selected in the third round. Cobb opted not to work out, as he is working through an injury, which put the focus of the day on tight end Maxx Williams. Williams is ranked near the top of this year's class at his position, and is projected to be selected in the first or second round of the draft.
Other Pro Days that took place on Monday also included Troy, Virginia, and Wake Forest.
Tuesday, March 3
Tuesday saw a larger volume of not only events, but big names. While Bill Belichick turned out to watch highly regarded wide receiver Sammie Coates (a potential first-round pick), all NFL teams had a presence at Auburn's Pro Day. Coates made a strong showing on the field after having several drops at the Combine, but several other players made an impact on teams as well. Running back Corey Grant clocked a 4.25 40 time, and defensive lineman Jeff Whitacker posted 41 reps on the bench press.
Pittsburgh also held their event on Tuesday, which drew attendance from 27 teams. Many believe that the Bills will look to the draft to build out the offensive line, and Pitt's pro day was certainly a draw for those seeking to do just that. The most notable player that participated was tackle T.J. Clemmings, but without a first-round pick in the draft, it's unlikely the Bills would have the opportunity to pursue Clemmings, who is rated near the top of his draft and projected to be taken in the first round. Matt Rotheram was also in attendance, but is expected to fall short of being selected in the draft.
Sam Houston State, Tuskegee, James Madison, and New Mexico State also held pro days on Tuesday.
Wednesday, March 4
If you're keeping tabs on what AFC opponents might do in the draft, Wednesday was your day. Nearly every team had a presence at Mississippi State, but Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Roberts was the only individual noted. The Jets and other teams were likely in attendance to get a look at defensive end Preston Smith, who is currently rated as an early-round prospect after an outstanding season of SEC play. Benadrick McKinney also had a strong showing at linebacker, exhibiting impressive speed in his workouts. McKinney is currently projected to be one of the first inside linebackers taken in the draft, in roughly the third round.
Arkansas also had a strong attendance at their pro day with 28 teams having representatives present. Teams are likely looking to improve their defense with these prospects, as well. Notable players included end Trey Flowers, who had an impressive showing in drills at the combine, defensive tackle Darius Philon, and outside linebacker Martell Spaight. Flowers projects as a third-round pick, while Philon and Spaight are expected to be selected on the third day of the draft.
Purdue, Texas A&M, and Weber State also had pro days on Wedneday.
Thursday, March 5
Thursday's action featured some of the biggest names that will be in the draft. Rex Ryan, along with Belichick, Chip Kelly, Rob Ryan, and representatives from all other NFL teams were in attendance at Clemson's pro day. The biggest draw of the day was certainly outside linebacker Vic Beasley, who has drawn comparisons to Von Miller, and who could be a Top 5 pick in the draft. Beasley had a strong showing at the Combine and used his Pro Day to further demonstrate why he should be a high pick in the draft through a series of strong workouts and drills. Clemson also featured several more strong defensive players, such as linebacker Stephone Anthony, end Tavares Barnes, and defensive tackle Grady Jarrett.
Over in Nebraska, teams showed up to take another look at running back Ameer Abdullah and linebacker Randy Gregory. Gregory, projected to be a first-round pick, impressed scouts with his athleticism, prompting one scout to call him "one athletic freak," according to NFL.com. Abdullah is entering the draft as one of the top-ranked runners after an outstanding senior season for the Cornhuskers.
Other pro days held on Thursday included Arkansas (Monticello), Mississippi, New Mexico, and Utah State.
Friday, March 6
Arizona State's pro day had someone in attendance from all 32 NFL teams, largely due in part to wide receiver Jaelen Strong, who is noted as a top receiver in this year's draft class, and a potential first-rounder. At the Combine, Strong was noted more for this potential than his play, but reportedly made a catch on every ball thrown his way at the pro day, potentially improving his draft stock at the event.
Appalachian State, Newberry, Northern Illinois, and Southern Mississippi also held events on Friday.
Stay tuned for more updates as pro days continue leading up to the draft.