Pro day workouts have begun on campuses across the country, giving NFL draft prospects another chance to show off their skill sets in front of scouts and other team personnel.
Alabama and USC have already held their workouts, but there are five upcoming pro days that will be far more important. These five workouts will give some big-name prospects an opportunity to answer questions and, in some cases, bounce back from poor showings at last month's NFL combine.
Baylor, March 21
The headliner will clearly be QB Robert Griffin III throwing in front of scouts, looking to build on the momentum he gained with an impressive combine showing and drive up the price for teams hoping to trade into the No. 2 overall spot to select Griffin. However, another Bears skill player has just as much to gain.
WR Kendall Wright is a dynamic playmaker on tape, but after running the 40-yard dash in 4.61 seconds at the combine, Wright has to improve his time. That generally happens at on-campus workouts, and if he can post a time closer to what appears to be 4.4 speed on tape, Wright could cement his status as a late-first-round prospect.
Stanford, March 22
The throwing session of presumptive No. 1 overall pick Andrew Luck will get plenty of attention, but three other first-round prospects will also be on display.
Martin missed the combine with an unspecified illness, so his pro day offers his first chance to impress scouts. Martin has fallen down the board in recent weeks because of inconsistencies and being less dominant than expected on his 2011 tape, but a good showing will build some positive momentum as he attempts to hold on to a spot late in the first round.
Fleener is also trying to help his first-round cause, and running a solid 40 time for his size (6-foot-6, 247 pounds) will help him separate from the other tight ends -- Clemson's Dwayne Allen, Georgia's Orson Charles -- who are in the mix to be the top player off the board at their position.
Arizona State, March 24
Sun Devils QB Brock Osweiler has only 15 career starts to his credit and, after doing little at the combine, this will be the first chance for teams to get an close look at the big (6-6, 242) but surprisingly athletic Osweiler. This will be the beginning of the process -- one that includes individual workouts and private sessions with teams -- that will determine whether he is a late-first-round pick or falls into the early part of the second round.
There will also be plenty of eyes on ILB Vontaze Burfict, who is free-falling down the board thanks to a poor showing in 2011, all kinds of character concerns and a flat-out embarrassing combine showing. Burfict carried a first-round grade earlier in the season but has dropped into the late rounds at this point. He has to begin showing teams something to prevent falling even further.
South Carolina, March 28
Jeffery was down to 216 pounds at the combine after playing at around 230 during the season. The question is whether he simply went on a crash diet or has worked himself into very good shape and whether he show more suddenness and quickness than we see on tape from early 2011? Few receivers on the board are better when the ball is in the air. If Jeffery can put together a good workout, he could get back into the discussion as one of the top five wideouts in the class and a possible top-50 pick.
Texas A&M, March 29
Aggies QB Ryan Tannehill is coming off surgery for a foot injury suffered while working out shortly after the season. There is a lot left on his plate for a prospect being talked about as a potential top-10 pick.
How he runs and the medical exams on his foot will be important. Tannehill is in the same boat as Osweiler in that Tannehill's limited experience means his pro day is just the beginning of the process. I won't lend much significance to a scripted throwing session against air, but given that he played 30 career games at wide receiver and just 21 at quarterback, the way Tannehill performs on the whiteboard and during interviews will be just as important as his physical tools.