28 NFL teams diverged on the Vanderbilt campus today in Nashville for the school’s annual Pro Day. Among the teams on campus were the Chiefs, Bengals, Browns, Broncos, Eagles, Falcons, Jaguars, Jets, Panthers, Cowboys, Texans, Titans, Steelers, Cardinals, Chargers, Seahawks, Patriots, Packers, Raiders, Vikings, Saints, 49ers, Bucs, 49ers, Giants and Lions.
Titans coach Mike Mularkey and new GM Jon Robinson were on hand since Vandy’s campus is just a few miles from the Titans’ stadium. Former GM, Ruston Webster was also spotted. He is now with Atlanta. Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason was present. He was secondary coach for the Seahawks several years ago before moving to Stanford, and then to Vandy.
OL Jake Bernstein, OL Spencer Pulley, LB Darreon Herring, DB Jahmel McIntosh, TE Steven Sche, DE Caleb Azubike, LB Stephen Weatherly, LB Darreon Herring and Safety Andrew Williamson were all in attendance trying to bolster their NFL chances with a strong showing.
Weatherly participated in the NFL Combine last weekend. He didn’t run the 40 after doing it in 4.61 last week at the Combine. His time was tied for fifth place among all linebackers present. With his strong showing in Indianapolis had he run it again he may have hurt his draft stock. Weatherly did run the 3 cone drill and was said to be very impressive.
Scheu ran the 40 in 4.65. Had he been at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis last week that would’ve been good enough for second place, just .01 seconds behind South Carolina tight end Jerrell Adams. Scheu also benched 225 pounds 23 times. That would’ve tied the record for TEs in Indy last week. The Commodore tight end had a standout season as a junior but fell short of expectations in his senior year. Bad QB play handcuffed the Vandy offense and Scheu didn’t get to live up this potential.
Williamson turned some heads in the 40 running a 4.43. That time would’ve been good for second at the Combine. The Commodore safety started ten games last season but missed games against MTSU and South Carolina due an arm injury.
Only a few Dores are expected to get drafted. Weatherly is projected to be a pick on day three while Scheu could also go late. Azubike is an intriguing prospect due to his superior play his first three years on campus. Last year he suffered a broken jaw and didn’t play very much. He could wind up an undrafted free agent after an impressive showing today. Offensive lineman Pulley and Bernstein will probably get invited to a rookie mini camp but they may have a hard time sticking around in the NFL. Herring was a defensive captain last year. He is also someone who falls into the rookie mini camp category.
UTC quarterback Jacob Huesman was also at the Vanderbilt Pro Day. Chattanooga wasn’t going to have a Pro Day so Huesman was in Nashville to give NFL scouts a look. He was a counselor at the Manning Passing Academy last year and holds many UTC records. Huesman was the Southern Conference’s Player of the Year in 2015 and is thought to be an undrafted free agent at best. He will likely have to go to a rookie mini camp to get signed.