A closer look at the 15 players working out for NFL scouts today during MU’s Pro Day

03/20/2014 1:02 PM

03/20/2014 1:02 PM

Some years small-college players are invited to Missouri’s Pro Day, but it will be only Tigers working out for the NFL scouts on Thursday at Devine Pavilion.

Of course, there will be 15 Missouri football players for scouts to watch, including a school-record seven who were invited to last month’s NFL Combine.

Here is the complete list of Missouri football Pro Day participants:

LB Donovan Bonner (6-1, 245)

NFL.com grade

: n/a

CBS Sports position rank (projected round)

: n/a

Outlook

: Just hoping to make a camp.

OL Justin Britt (6-6, 325)

NFL.com grade

: 5.1

CBS Sports position rank (projected round)

: 18 (6th-7th round)

Outlook

: Has ideal size for the tackle position, but needs to sustain blocks better to establish himself as an NFL contributor.

WR Jaleel Clark (6-3, 220)

NFL.com grade

: n/a

CBS Sports position rank (projected round)

: 146 (undrafted)

Outlook

: Just hoping to make a camp.

OL/FB Max Copeland (6-3, 300)

NFL.com grade

: n/a

CBS Sports position rank (projected round)

: n/a

Outlook

: Just hoping to make a camp, but the listing as fullback is intriguing and awesome.

DL Kony Ealy (6-4, 273)

NFL.com grade

: 5.7

CBS Sports position rank (projected round)

: 2 (1st round)

Outlook

: Hyper-athletic edge rusher with the length and explosiveness NFL teams covet. Should become the Tigers’ seventh first-round pick since 2009, especially after a ridiculously fast three-cone drills at the NFL Combine (6.83).

QB James Franklin (6-2, 228)

NFL.com grade

: n/a

CBS Sports position rank (projected round)

: 29 (undrafted)

Outlook

: Doesn’t possess “NFL size,” but he’s got the playmaking ability and athleticism to earn a camp invite.

CB E.J. Gaines (5-10, 190)

NFL.com grade

: 5.2

CBS Sports position rank (projected round)

: 15 (3rd-4th)

Outlook

: Despite the trend toward bigger cornerbacks, Gaines is a sure tackler and possess great coverage skills. He’s likely a day-two pick, but could slide to the fourth round.

RB Henry Josey (5-8, 194)

NFL.com grade

: 5.0

CBS Sports position rank (projected round)

: 24 (7th-FA)

Outlook

: Josey injury history makes him a risk, but with a 4.43 40-yard dash and lightning-fast shuttle (4.13) and three-cone drill (7.07) times, somebody will take a chance on him.

WR Marcus Lucas (6-4, 218)

NFL.com grade

: 5.1

CBS Sports position rank (projected round)

: 38 (7th-FA)

Outlook

: Lacks elite speed, but his versatility and good hands will land him in camp somewhere.

CB Randy Ponder (5-10, 195)

NFL.com grade

: n/a

CBS Sports position rank (projected round)

: n/a

Outlook

: Just hoping to make a camp.

DE Michael Sam (6-2, 261)

NFL.com grade

: 5.2

CBS Sports position rank (projected round)

: 16 (5th-6th)

Outlook

: Not an elite athlete and something of a one-trick pony, but getting after the quarterback is a highly coveted skill. Sam will get a shot, but it’s uncertain how being the first openly gay NFL athlete — and the circus that might create — will affect his draft status.

WR L’Damian Washington (6-4, 195)

NFL.com grade

: 5.2

CBS Sports position rank (projected round)

: 31 (7th)

Outlook

: Battling a turf toe injury, A good 40 time could move him up draft boards.

TE Eric Waters (6-4, 245)

NFL.com grade

: n/a

CBS Sports position rank (projected round)

: 36 (undrafted)

Outlook

: Just hoping to make a camp.

S Matt White (6-1, 195)

NFL.com grade

: n/a

CBS Sports position rank (projected round)

: n/a

Outlook

: Just hoping to make a camp.

LB Andrew Wilson (6-2, 241)

NFL.com grade

: n/a

CBS Sports position rank (projected round)

: 40 (undrafted)

Outlook: A tackling machine, he’ll need to prove he can be an impact special teams player to stick on a roster.

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