Sun Devils Get Another Shot At Pro Day
By William Boor
The NFL Combine gets all the attention, but for those players not fortunate enough to get an invitation to Indianapolis, their Pro Days serve as a mini combine.
Arizona State held its pro day last week and several players performed in front of the majority of NFL teams. While some performed just about as expected, others improved their stock. Here is a look at how some of ASU's top prospects fared.
Will Sutton: The 300-pound defensive tackle likely will be the first Sun Devil taken in the 2014 draft. Sutton ran a 5.37 40 at the Combine and improved upon that slightly at the pro day. The questions about Sutton's weight remain, so it will be interesting to see where he winds up and when he's selected.
Carl Bradford: After a disappointing 4.75 40-yard dash at the Combine, Bradford ran a 4.64 on pro day. The hybrid defensive end-linebacker was pleased with his weight room performance at the Combine, so he skipped that portion of the pro day. Bradford is a talented player, but his size will be a question at the next level as he appears to be a bit of a tweener.
Marion Grice: As the Sun Devils were putting the finishing touches on a Pac-12 South championship, Grice looked like a player on the rise. However, an unfortunate injury kept Grice out for the final three games of the season and limited his ability to prepare for the Combine and ASU's pro day. Grice has above-average hands and will get a shot in the NFL, but scouts will have little more than his film to evaluate as a bit of position work is all he did at pro day.
Alden Darby: Darby has always been a playmaker and a ball hawk. At times, that got him in trouble, but at other times — such as during his two-interception performance in the East-West Shrine game — it is what made him special. In addition to being a ball hawk, Darby has always shown good athleticism, and his pro day performance cemented that statement and likely improved his stock a bit. The safety notched a 36-inch vertical and ran roughly a 4.5 40.
Osahon Irabor: Irabor was the Sun Devils' best corner the last couple of seasons, but his future remains a bit of a mystery. Irabor checked in at pro day a bit bigger — he said he weighed 190 — and although that represents “good size” according to reports, his 40 times were not anything to brag about.