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3 SEC players among those considered pro day ‘winners’

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It’s always a good thing to be on the winners’ list, and three SEC stars are being ranked among the nation’s top performers at Pro Day.

NFL.com draft analyst Chad Reuter highlighted three SEC players – Florida linebacker Jarrad Davis, LSU safety Jamal Adams and Mississippi State linebacker Richie Brown – as players who boosted their draft stock during their respective pro days.

Reuter said Davis, productive at Florida but plagued by an ankle injury as a senior, cleared up the health concerns and likely sealed his spot in the early second or late first round by running a sub-4.6 40.

Adams, already viewed as a probable top-10 pick, chopped more than a tenth of a second off his unimpressive 40 time at the NFL Scouting Combine, running a 4.45.

A sleeper in the run-up to the draft has been Brown, who wasn’t invited to the combine. But Reuter said that Brown’s pro day measurables (4.72 40, 6.75 agility drill) stack up well against the competition, and might boost him into the fourth or fifth round.

Brown’s productivity isn’t an issue; with the Bulldogs in 2016, he easily led the team with 102 tackles.

Outside the SEC, meanwhile, Reuter identified Texas running back D’Onta Foreman as one more player who helped himself at pro day.

The reason? Speed.

Foreman ran a 4.45 40 at the Longhorns’ pro day – an impressive time, especially considering he weighed in at 237 pounds. As a comparison, former Oregon running back Jonathan Stewart (now with the Carolina Panthers) is believed to have the fastest combine time since 2004 for a running back weighing at least 235 pounds, running 4.46 in 2008.

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