Oct 26, 2013; Charlottesville, VA, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets players including offensive linesman Trey Braun (78) and running back Matt Connors (34) and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets offensive linesman Will Jackson (52) celebrate after the game. The Yellow Jackets defeated the Virginia Cavaliers 35-25 at Scott Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia Tech football: Pro day takeaways

Georgia Tech held its annual football pro day on Friday, with 13 players participating under the eyes of NFL scouts and coaches. For some players, this is the only chance they’ll have to make an impression in person before the NFL Draft.

While there was a lot of attention (and rightfully so) paid to defensive lineman Jeremiah Attaochu–who looks to be the first Yellow Jacket taken in this year’s draft–several other players had excellent workouts and may have been able to get themselves in a better position to be drafted. (Details on Attaochu’s workout here)

Linebacker Brandon Watts had a superb workout, running a 40-yard dash of under 4.5, and making himself look as limber and quick as ever in the shuttles and linebacker drills. He looked absolutely explosive coming in and out of breaks and hip turns, and was comfortable in all the drills that included catching balls. Scouts had to be impressed, and Watts may have moved himself up to a 4th round pick with his pro day performance.

Defensive back Jemea Thomas was another Jacket that turned a few heads. He ran a 40 of under 4.4 and had exceptional drills, looking flexible and perhaps dispelling some of the thinking that he was stiff in the hips. He was looked at hard by several scouts, and word is he may have jumped from a late to mid-round draft pick.

Defensive tackle Euclid Cummings was also looked at closely, and had a nice workout. He’ll probably sit where he came in as a late-rounder, but he solidified himself a smart choice for teams looking for strength and depth on the defensive line.

Of course, the featured performer was Attaochu, who now may find himself on the cusp of actually being a first round pick after his A-game workout and testing on the day. Word is he’ll be visiting with several NFL teams over the next couple of weeks.

All in all, the Jackets all looked well prepared, and although there are some–like Robert Godhigh–who may still have to settle for getting into the league as an undrafted free agent, none of them did anything to put themselves in any worse position.

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  • Danny Elliott

    Brandon Watts has a chance to be a beast in the NFL. His size and athleticism were obvious at GT but his sub-4.5 40 is an eye opener, even for someone like me who’s watched his entire college career! If he gets with an NFL team who utilizes his skill set to the max, Watts could end up being one of those players who’s better in the NFL than he was in college. Possibly even a Pro Bowl-caliber player! The next 2-3 years will be very interesting to watch.

    • Michael Collins

      100% agree. Always thought Watts was undervalued, and he wasn’t utilized to his fullest at Tech (not his fault). He had a LOT of scouts talking yesterday.