The 2021 NFL Scouting Combine was canceled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The event should return in 2022, but ahead of the 2021 NFL Draft, teams are having to rely more heavily on the pro day circuit to evaluate this year’s top prospects. That makes pro days more important than ever for players, and in reality, they only have one chance to get everything right.
This year, Florida’s pro day should be quite the draw, especially given the amount of strong offensive prospects they have. They have a couple of prospects that look like Round 1 picks, and given the way that quarterbacks can get pushed up during the draft process, Kyle Trask may have an outside shot at sneaking into the end of Round 1 (although it’s unlikely). Trask will be the top prospect to watch, but players like Kyle Pitts, Kadarius Toney, Marco Wilson, and Trevon Grimes will also be worth watching on Wednesday morning.
Here’s how you can watch the top Gators players in action and what to look for in Florida’s 2021 pro day:
When is Florida’s football pro day?
Florida’s pro day will take place on Wednesday at 11 a.m. The big stars on display will include QB Kyle Trask, TE Kyle Pitts, and WR Kadarius Toney from a high-flying offense. Trask may be of the most interest to fans, as the fourth-place Heisman finisher posted monster numbers last year, but Pitts figures to be among the safest picks in this year’s draft and could be the highest tight end drafted in quite some time.
How to watch Florida pro day workouts
The NFL Network has been covering NFL pro day workouts throughout the offseason from many colleges, especially those with top quarterbacks like Trask. Their coverage will be in the form of a “Path to the Draft Pro Day Special”, and former NFL scouts turned draft analysts, Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks, will provide analysis of the performance of each prospect. It will be interesting to hear what they think of Trask’s draft stock and just how high they think Pitts may go on draft day.
What to watch from Florida’s pro day
Of the players on display at Florida’s pro day, none have more to prove than Kyle Trask. That may seem weird to say about a player that completed 68.9 percent of his passes for 4,283 yards, 43 touchdowns, and eight interceptions, but numbers can be a bit deceiving.
Trask doesn’t have a great arm and his athletic ability isn’t all that impressive. As such, he relies more on rhythm passing, accuracy, and ball placement. He excels in all of those areas, but the other factors limit his upside. That said, if Trask can show off a bit more speed in the 40-yard dash (if he runs it), shows some ability to throw on the move, and can connect on deeper passes than expected, he could get a big stock up. That’s a lot to ask of him, but even if he checks one of those boxes, he’ll help himself out and solidify himself as an early second-round prospect at worst.
Kyle Pitts is the other Kyle to watch at Florida’s pro day. Pitts is a true athletic freak and mismatch nightmare. He’s listed at 6-6, 246 pounds and if he measures in at those numbers, that would be nice. Outside of that, Pitts’ work in the on-field drills and his 40-yard dash should indicate to teams that he is the NFL’s next great tight end. He figures to test very well and may well have a chance to be an all-time great at the tight end spot. Fans should be excited to see everything he does. He really is a special player.
Rounding out the top offensive prospects is Kadarius Toney. The speed threat figures to run a fast 40-yard dash and could stretch the field working with Kyle Trask. He’s only a decent route runner, but he’s quick and has good feet, so if he can show improvements in that area, he could cement his status as a Round 1 pick. Teams will also be looking at his measurements, as he’s likely to be shorter than the 6-0 height he’s listed at.
CB Marco Wilson and WR Trevon Grimes are also worth watching. They won’t be first-round picks, btu they both have Day 2 potential. If either performs well, that could help their draft stock out for sure.
And let’s give K Evan McPherson some love, too. He went 51-of-60 on field goals and 149-of-150 on extra points during his career. If he can kick well during his workout, he should solidify himself as the draft’s best kicker. And that should at least give him a chance to be selected.
NFL mock draft for Florida players
Sporting News’ latest NFL mock draft projects two Florida players will be selected in the first round, according to Vinnie Iyer.
12. Eagles: TE Kyle Pitts
20. Bears: WR Kadarius Toney
Read more about each pick here.
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