It's not often that representatives from all 32 NFL teams flock to Louisiana-Lafayette to take in the Ragin' Cajuns' annual Pro Day. But with a pair of top 100-caliber prospects this year, Tuesday's workout was very well attended.
Cornerback Dwight Bentley is the No. 69-rated overall prospect by NFLDraftScout.com and No. 9 at cornerback. He could go as high as the second round on Friday night of the draft. Even more intriguing might be Ladarius Green, a 6-6, 238-pound tight end ranked fourth at the position by NDS.
Green benched 225 pounds 17 times, one more than he did at the Scouting Combine, and also improved his vertical leap one inch to 35, according to Scout.com. Green has scheduled visits with 10 teams according to the report, and could be in a position to rise up draft boards. In a weak class at the position, Green has the versatility to play tight end or split out wide - which is increasingly coveted in NFL schemes.
There are not other Cajuns expected to be drafted next month, but several potential priority free agents worked out. Defensive end/outside linebacker Bernard Smith, linebackers Lance Kelley and Devon Lewis-Buchanan and safety Lionel Stokes all attempted to take advantage of the amount of NFL scouts on hand.
Stokes ran a 4.49-second 40-yard dash, according to the Shreveport Times, while Kelley and Lewis-Buchanan both ran impressive 4.5s for linebackers.
In the 225-pound bench press, defensive lineman Chris Tucker led the way with 30 reps, followed by Kelley's 28. That combination of strength and speed will certainly lead to some scouts popping in his game film.
Continuing a theme seen across several Pro Day workouts in recent days, ex-Cajun Maurice Rolle also attended the session in hopes of generating interest. The safety was in training camp with the Houston Texans last year, but was waived. Former Cajuns cornerback Orkeys Auriene also worked out.