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Thursday Pro Day updates: Penn State players put on a show; WR Dwayne Eskridge shines



SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Pro days are in full swing, and the San Francisco 49ers have sent out scouts to most of the notable schools. On Thursday, Penn State stole the show. I’m not sure what they’re feeding their athletes, but the numbers they put up were almost too good to be true.

Linebacker Micah Parsons is expected to go somewhere in the first round. He plays fast, and if you’ve watched him, you knew he was an athlete. A wise man once said, “don’t count it twice,” when referring to evaluating prospects. Essentially, Parsons shouldn’t get extra credit for a skill that he’s already being elevated for.

At 6’3” and 246 pounds, Parsons ran a 4.39 40-yard dash with a 6.94 3-cone and a 10-6 broad jump. Hello.

Edge rusher Jayson Oweh is a player who has been playing football for under five years. He’s raw and has a long way to go when it comes to turning into a complete football player. At 6’4”, 257 pounds, Oweh ran a 4.39 40, jumped 39.5” in the vertical, with an 11-2” broad jump. Oweh’s 6.84 3-cone drill is equally impressive.

Oweh will go in the first round after those numbers. He should have a giant “buyer beware” sign that comes with his draft status. Oweh didn’t have a sack this past season. His pad level is poor, and Oweh lacks a plan as a pass rusher. Too often, Oweh doesn’t look like he knows how to diagnose what the offense is doing. I’d let someone else bet on Oweh unlocking his ceiling.

North Texas’s Jaelon Darden is an intriguing slot option. He certainly qualifies as one of the more “fun” players in this draft class. If you were wondering how confident Darden is, he said, “making someone miss is like waking up in the morning and brushing my teeth.”