Half of the teams in the NFL were represented yesterday at Utah's Pro Day. With several offensive line coaches in attendance, the the focus may have been on versatile offensive lineman Zane Beadles, but those in attendance tell me the two most impressive players were outside linebacker prospect Koa Misi and free safety Robert Johnson .
Misi, who I listed months ago as a Diamond in the Rough, has emerged as a legitimate top 75 candidate after impressing during the Senior Bowl and Combine in drills. A defensive end for the Utes, Misi is considered more athletic than his former teammate Paul Kruger, a second round pick by Baltimore last year that successfully made the transition from defensive end to outside linebacker for their 3-4 scheme. Misi, who did the entire workout at the Combine, didn't run the 40-yard dash or do all of the timed drills Monday. He did, however, cut his short shuttle time from 4.30 to 4.21 and looked very good in positional drills.
My fellow senior analyst Chad Reuter pointed out Robert Johnson as one of the year's bigger Combine snubs in a previous article. Johnson showed that he would have impressed in Indianapolis had he been invited. Johnson measured in at 6-2 1/8 and 203 pounds and lifted the bar 13 times, proving both bigger and stronger than scouts had anticipated. He clocked in at 4.55 to 4.62 in the 40-yard dash.
Johnson was most impressive, however, in the shuttle drills and positional workouts, proving a fluidity which helped him secure 13 interceptions over the past three seasons with the Utes. Johnson's time in the short shuttle was 4.06; his time in the 3-cone was 6.56, each of which would have led all safeties tested at the Combine.