Purdue Football hosted their annual pro day this morning, giving seven Boilermakers an opportunity to show out in front of NFL Scouts.
Of course, all eyes were on Rondale Moore, the first round talent had a spectacular day. While only measuring in at 5-7, Rondale posted a 42.5 Inch Vertical and a 4.29 forty yard dash, both would have been good for second in the last combine held. He did not do the bench press, but he posted a video on social media a bit later, where he repped 225 24 times.
Many scouts thought Moore would measure in at 5-9, but at 5-7, with his build and feel for the game, I think a Darren Sproles type of comparison will come about a lot this draft season. Rondale will be able to play out of the backfield as well as in the slot. He will be a first or second round pick.
The second player most scouts were at Purdue to see was Swiss Army Knife Derrick Barnes, who can play inside or outside linebacker, as well as defensive end - he played all three at Purdue.
Barnes did everything asked of him and I would say he made his draft stock jump, posting some insane numbers. Barnes measured in just under 6-1 and weighed in at 238 pounds.
Most importantly, he showed speed. Barnes ran a 4.57 forty yard dash and also had a 37 inch vertical! He will see his stock rise with great numbers just like Ja’Whaun Bentley did a couple years ago. I think he worked his way into being a 2nd thru 4th round selection today with these numbers, before hand, I saw him as a 5th thru 7th round selection.
The big surprise of the day came with transfer safety, Tyler Coyle, who did not play much this year due to personal circumstances and then a small injury.
Initially, it appeared as if Coyle would be an undrafted guy, but with today’s numbers, he will probably get selected in the 6th or 7th round.
Coyle measured in just over 6 feet tall and 209 pounds.
With his 39 inch vertical, 4.36 forty, 11 foot broad jump and 4.00 Shuttle, he put on a freaking show and will get his named called late in the draft now IMO.
I don’t do a lot of stats, but this guy had a great analysis on his day.
Tyler Coyle is a SS prospect in the 2021 draft class. He scored a 9.96 RAS out of a possible 10.00. This ranked 4 out of 739 SS from 1987 to 2021.— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) March 23, 2021
Times unofficial, but reported as shown.https://t.co/G0i4Wg2qDQ #RAS pic.twitter.com/EbrrDv7kHs
To me, these 3 have the best chances of being drafted this year.
Another sleeper could be Grant Hermanns, who I see as a late pick, he could be a solid swing tackle in the NFL.
Lorenzo Neal Jr, Simeon Smiley and Brennan Thieneman also worked out for scouts today.