Stanford Pro Day Set for March 18 on NFL Network, Important Cardinal Attending
The NFL just announced on Tuesday, March 9th, that Stanford will be holding their Pro Day on March 18th. It will be televised on NFL Network at 3pm ET during the Network's Live Path to the Draft Pro Day Special segment.
Considering the many obstacles and constraints Covid-19 has brought to not just the NFL — but the globe at large — league scouting has taken a new form. Per NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, there are now no in-person workouts at the Combine, all interviews and testing will be performed remotely, and all Pro Days will be conducted at specific campuses. As expected, there will also be no public access at the Stanford Pro Day.
Some notable Cardinal attending the Pro Day on March 18, held at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, California, include the following:
QB - Davis Mills
CB - Paulson Adebo
WR - Simi Fehoko
C - Drew Dalman
WR - Scooter Harrington
OT - Walker Little
WR - Curtis Robinson
WR - Connor Wedington
DE - Thomas Schaffer
OT - Foster Sarrell
K - Jet Toner
Some highly-anticipated players by NFL scouts will be Davis Mills, Paulson Adebo, Walker Little, and Semi Fehoko.
Considering Davis Mills' injury-riddled and recently Covid-plagued Stanford career, he should look to put on a show for scouts come March 18th. He's a big, strong-armed, clean pocket passer who was the former #1 ranked QB out of high school — ahead of Miami Dolphins QB, Tua Tagovailoa, and National Champion, Mac Jones.
Although he's only played 12 games in college, he broke the Stanford single-game passing record with 504 yards in 2019 against Washington, completed 65% of his passes, produced 18 total touchdowns, and was named PFF's best Pac-12 QB. He showed strengths in the short-to-intermediate pass game, processed his reads at a high level (once going 204 pass attempts without an INT), was mobile on the ground (scored 3 rushing TDs in 2020), and lead his team to one of the best records in the Pac-12.
Due to entering into a QB-heavy class, the Stanford prospect is projected to be selected in either the 3rd or 4th round. Hopefully he can boost his stock at the Pro Day.
Although he opted out of Stanford's 2020 season to prepare for the NFL draft, his career as a Cardinal is impressive.
The athletic, intelligent, 6'7 300-pound offensive lineman was apart of Bryce Love's Heisman-caliber season as well as KJ Costello's historic passing season. Additionally, he managed to only allow 4 QB hits in his whole college career, per PFF.
There are some concerns about injury and availability as he's only played one game in the last two seasons, but his skills are hard to pass up. He's quick with his feet, he can handle any defender on the field, and has strong hands on the line of scrimmage.
If it weren't for his catastrophic knee injury in 2019's season opener against Northwestern, Little would probably be considered a locked 1st-round pick.
The Pro day will be the first sample size NFL scouts will receive since his injury in August, 2019.
The 4-star recruit from Texas, Paulson Adebo, saw a rise in his football career throughout high school as both a wide receiver and a cornerback. He was a second-team all-district wide receiver his sophomore year at Mansfield high school in Texas, and was later selected as a first-team all-district at both the wide receiver and cornerback position. His bilateral athletic ability faired well over his Cardinal career as he led the Pac-12 in interceptions with 4 in 2019, as well as ranking 9th in the Pac-12 passes defended list since 2005 with a thrilling 27.
He's a very good outside cornerback who's biggest strength, in my opinion, is being physical at the line of scrimmage, along with being able to track and follow complex routes with his high football IQ to make up for his subpar speed. He also has great hands and his hips can fundamentally move at any point in the route.
He's 6'1, 192 pounds — a very big and physical size will bar well in the NFL. Not many corners in the NFL are 6'1, as the average size is around 5'10-11.
In his 2 seasons as a Stanford Cardinal, he hauled in 8 interceptions and almost 100 total tackles. According to PFF, he allowed an average 1.24 yards per coverage snap in 2019.
It sounds like a broken record with the majority of this Cardinal draft class, but Adebo's season-ending injury (undisclosed) set him back from being an almost certain 1st rounder.
He's now projected to be selected in the second round.
A member of the All-Pac-12 first team in 2020, named the Pac-12 offensive player of the week(Dec.21), and a Stanford receiving record breaker, Simi Fehoko, is one of the more underrated WRs in his class.
He led the Pac-12 in receiving yards in 2020 and receiving yards per reception in 2019. In his Stanford career, he hauled in 1146 yards on 62 catches, 9 touchdowns, while being thrown to by either 4 or 5 different QBs along the way.
His best game of his career — and most likely his best football game of his life — happened when Stanford faced UCLA in a nail-biting, jaw-dropping, and awing game. Back-and-forth scoring led both teams to competing in double overtime, when Simi proved to be a clutch and cold-blooded receiving threat. He caught a Stanford record-breaking 230 yards and 3 touchdowns on 16 catches and 21 targets.
Although his hands can be inconsistent and his speed isn't great or elusive, the Cardinal prospect strives both in the slot (F position) as well as the outside positions (X and Z). He has the ability to be physical off the line of scrimmage and in later developing routes.
Simi is projected around the 3rd/4th round. Fehoko looks to increase his draft stock later this month.