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Observations from the Florida Gators Pro Day

Zach Goodall



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With the 2018 NFL Draft quickly approaching, pro days and prospect workouts are in full swing as future rookies look to bump their draft stock up a notch.

Chris Thornton of and myself ventured to the University of Florida pro day to observe defensive tackle Taven Bryan, cornerback Duke Dawson Jr., punter Johnny Townsend, wide receiver Antonio Callaway and several other prospects.

Here were my interview questions and observations.

Taven Bryan, DT, 6-5, 291

Bryan did not participate in agility drills after his impressive combine, where he ran a 4.98 second 40 yard dash (79th percentile among NFL defensive tackles), 35″ vertical jump (97th percentile), 119″ broad jump (98th percentile), and a 7.12 second 3 cone drill (95th percentile).

Bryan did, however, spend about 20 minutes doing pass rushing drills with Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Marinelli and Eagles defensive line coach Chris Wilson, where his first-step explosion drew the eyes of Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis and a large amount of scouts, including a Jaguars’ scout.

Duke Dawson, CB, 5-11 5/8, 197

Dawson participated in the 3 cone drill and the 60 yard shuttle at the UF Pro Day, where Chris Thornton unofficially clocked him at 6.78 seconds and 11.58 seconds, respectively.

He looked comfortable running defensive back drills, with a clean backpedal and quick adjustment to the ball.

Dawson told me that he feels comfortable playing the boundary as well as nickel cornerback and is open to being used however team’s feel appropriate.

Johnny Townsend, P, 6-1, 210

Townsend looked flat-out incredible during his punting drills, and that’s coming from someone who doesn’t usually go out of his way to compliment specialists.

He routinely pinned punts within 20 yards of the goalline from varying distances and displayed his power as a cherry on top. Per a source at the pro day, Townsend has personally met with the Jaguars and the team’s scouts held a lengthy interview with him after his drills.

Antonio Callaway, WR, 5-10 5/8, 200

Callaway unofficially clocked a 6.71 second 3 cone drill and a 4.41 second 20 yard shuttle. He had two drops in receiver drills and another during punt returns.

His work ethic and off-the-field concerns are big red flag for NFL teams, and it didn’t help that at times he seemed a little unfocused during the workout.

At one point, Gators tight end DeAndre Goolsby yelled at Callaway after he messed up a route, but no drama ensued.

However, the athleticism and talent are there for a team to take a late-round flier on Callaway, he just needs to be put in an environment where he realizes football must be his priority.

Zach Goodall covers the Jacksonville Jaguars on the Locked On Jaguars Podcast and on Follow him on Twitter @zach_goodall.

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