NFL teams are now starting to lock down individual workouts with draft prospects, as the pro day schedule is winding down. Scheduling workouts can mean many things, especially for top-30 visits. They typically revolve around various elements of this process, from injury concerns to character concerns to overall prospect evaluations. Let’s take a look at the latest news and notes on the 2022 NFL Draft visit calendar.
NFL Draft News & Rumors: Senior Bowl standouts books visit Ravens
Baylor defensive back Jalen Pitre, one of the biggest standouts of February’s Senior Bowl, has booked a Top 30 visit with the Baltimore Ravens, a league source told Pro Football Network on Friday.
Pitre has seen his stock rise since the all-star game, as he routinely made plays during the week of practice against some of the top talent in this year’s class. Pitre continued that performance with a strong performance at the NFL Combine. Pitre did 16 reps of bench press, and ran a 6.74 seconds 3-cone drill. However, he decided to hold on his 40 time until Baylor’s pro day on March 30.
Pitre’s five years at Baylor saw him produce 195 tackles (36 for losses), 8 sacks (4 interceptions), 10 pass breakups (10 pass breakups), and 4 forced fouled fumbles. The defensive back, who was 5-foot-11 and 198 lbs, also scored two defensive touchdowns.
Pitre, like most other Baylor defensive backs, can play multiple roles in the secondary. While he’s been profiled as a stellar sideline-to-sideline free safety, he can also play in the box and work as a nickel corner.
Pitre is Pro Football Network Chief Draft Analyst Tony Pauline‘s 54th overall prospect and the 40th ranked player on the PFN Consensus Board. Pauline rated Pitre as a second round pick in his evaluation.
UAB TE wins private workout with Cardinals
According to a league source, Gerrit Prince, University of Alabama-Birmingham tightend, has a top-30 visit with the Arizona Cardinals.
Prince was injured in his hamstring while attending the East-West Shrine Game, Las Vegas. He was therefore unable to participate at the UAB Pro Day. He is now fully recovered and will run for teams on March 30th, according to a source.
Prince, who stands at 6’4″ and 239lbs, caught 50 passes to gain 828 yards and 15 touchdowns in his four-year college career at UAB. Prince had 36 catches last season for 699 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Prince is Pauline’s 280th overall prospect. Pauline rated him as a seventh round pick.
Bo Melton to participate in Eagles’ local workout
Rutgers are a do-everything playmaker Bo MeltonParticipating in local workouts for New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants.
Melton took part in Rutgers’ Pro Day on Tuesday in front of scouts and coaches from 21 NFL teams. Rutgers’ top wideout worked with Cincinnati Bengals wide receivers coach Troy Walters during positional drills.
Melton, who also participated in the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine, decided to stick with his stellar numbers from Indianapolis, including his 40-yard dash (4.34 seconds), broad jump (10’1″), and vertical jump (38″). He did however take part in the short shuttle (4.10 second) and three-cone drill (6.81 second).
Pauline has Melton projected on his bigboard as a third or fourth-round pick.
Talented pass rusher makes three top-30 trips ahead of the NFL Draft
Esezi Otomewo, University of Minnesota edge rusher, has a busy road leading to the NFL DraftOver the next few weeks. According to a league source, Otomewo, a 6-foot-6, 285-pound pass rusher, has top-30 visits with the Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts as well as the Las Vegas Raiders. Otomewo will also take part in the Minnesota Vikings’ local prospect day.
Otomewo suffered a low-grade knee sprain during Minnesota’s 18-6 win over West Virginia in the Guaranteed Rate Bowl in late December. Otomewo was a force for Minnesota’s Gophers in the bowl match, scoring 3 tackles and 2 passes in the win.
He announced that he’d forgo his final season of eligibility in January. His knee injury forced him to postpone his preparations for the NFL Combine and his Pro Day. He was invited to the Senior Bowl in Febuary but could not take part in drills.
Otomewo, now fully fit, plans to exercise for teams on April 4. He will have visits with the Raiders and Bears as well as the Colts around that workout. He will also return to Minnesota for the Vikings’ local prospect day.
Otomewo is Pauline’s 176th overall prospect. Pauline has given Otomewo an fifth-round grade for the selection process.
Buffalo cornerback set for Cowboys’ local workout
University of Buffalo cornerback Ja’Marcus Ingram will participate in the Dallas Cowboys’ local day workout in April, a league source told PFNFriday
Ingram is originally from Dallas and began his college career at Texas Tech. Ingram transferred to Buffalo in the last season and recorded 47 tackles as well as 3 pass breakups in 11 games.
Ingram stands 6’2 and weighs 190lbs.
Rutgers defensive lineman to play for the Giants and Jets
A league source confirmed to PFN that Julius Turner, Rutgers’ defensive lineman, has been invited by the New York Jets/New York Giants to participate in local workouts.
Turner, who was 5-foot-11 and 281 lbs at the Rutgers Pro Day Tuesday, projects a rotational 3technique at the NFL level. During his pro day, Turner did 29 reps on the bench press, had a 28.5-inch vertical jump, posted an 8’8″ broad jump, and ran a 5.06-second 40-yard dash. He also ran a 7.47 second three-cone drill.
Turner accumulated 172 tackles over his five-year college experience and 6 sacks.