NFL hopes, dreams on the line today at Clemson's Pro Day

All 5 Combine invitees in action, along with Shatley, Catanzaro, Robinson, Shuey, Christian, McDowell, Fajgenbaum, Jones, Williams

Clemson running back Andre Ellington runs the 40 at a Pro-Timing Day workout on March 29th

Photo by Mark Crammer

Clemson running back Andre Ellington runs the 40 at a Pro-Timing Day workout on March 29th

The 58 scouts, coaches and NFL executives that checked in this morning for Clemson's Pro Day bring with them a wide scope of needs, interests and agendas.

For the participating players, the opportunities are just as diverse.

A year ago, unheralded Jaron Brown made the most of his Pro Day opportunity, attracted the attention of, among others, the Arizona Cardinals, and made the club's roster as a rookie wide receiver.

It was the same with center Dalton Freeman, who, though undrafted, was quickly scooped up as a free agent signee for the New York Jets.

Several teams on hand today will be taking another long, hard look at Sammy Watkins, who many expect won't last past the Oakland Raiders' No. 5 pick.

Some will be looking for confirmation of the up-side of Martavis Bryant, whose combination of size, speed and skill will make him a mid-round gem.

Bashaud Breeland will be looking to make an impression on some team looking for mid-round help at corner.

Everyone will be keeping a close eye on seniors Brandon Thomas and Tajh Boyd, who have a chance to nail down the interest of specific teams in need of their specific abilities.

For the rest of the Clemson crew - the senior players not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine - Pro Day inside the Tigers' indoor training facility will give them their best chance of making a name for themselves in the run-up to the NFL Draft in May, or attracting the attention of free agent suitors.

Among them are linebackers Spencer Shuey and Quandon Christian, running back Rod McDowell, placekicker Chandler Catanzaro, long-snapper Phillip Fajgenbaum, offensive guard Tyler Shatley, defensive backs Darius Robinson, Jerrodd Williams and C.J. Jones. Also working out will be former Tiger tight end Brandon Ford, who a year ago earned a free agent shot with an impressive Pro Day performance, as well as safety Rashard Hall, who was among the final last players cut by the St. Louis Rams last summer.

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