Maryland football’s annual pro day is Wednesday. It is the final chance for players who are out of eligibility or who have declared for the draft to impress NFL scouts. Some players have more to gain (or lose) than others. Let’s take a look:
Alvin Hill, cornerback
After limited rolls in his first two years at Maryland and tearing his PCL during his junior season, Hill came back stronger than ever. The senior cornerback is coming off his best year as a Terp.
With some help from a ballet class, Hill led Maryland’s defensive backs in interceptions and was second in the group with 43.5 tackles. As the only member of the unit to start all 13 games, Hill was also tied for second in the group in sacks (1) and pass break-ups (4).
The 6’0, 200-pound cornerback is adequately sized to play in the NFL, but was not invited to the NFL Combine and would definitely do himself a favor by outperforming expectations Wednesday.
Brad Craddock, kicker
Craddock graduated from Maryland after the 2015 season and had a brief cup of tea with the Cleveland Browns, but will return to Maryland Stadium on Wednesday to try to impress scouts once again.
Most NFL teams only carry one placekicker on their active rosters, so Craddock will really have to be exceptional to find a spot. Luckily for him, he’s a former Lou Groza Award winner and he’s one year healthier from the injured hand that kept him from finishing his senior season.
To impress scouts, Craddock would do well to exceed 4.5 seconds on his kickoff hang times and (obviously) put the ball between the pipes.
Teldrick Morgan, wide receiver
After earning All-Sun Belt second team honors in 2014 at New Mexico State, the Meade High School (Md.) product graduated and transferred to play his final season closer to home as a Terp.
His 43 receptions led the team, and his 497 receiving yards and four receiving touchdowns were good for second. Once Will Likely went down with a season-ending injury, Morgan became a regular contributor to the return game as well. His 10.7 return yards per game and one touchdown (which earned him Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week honors) led the team among players with more than one return.
Morgan is an under-the-radar guy who has shown flashes of potential, but was never consistent enough to warrant much attention from pro scouts. To make it in the NFL, Morgan will likely have to find his way onto a roster as an undrafted free agent and contribute on special teams.
Here are the other participants, per a Maryland press release:
Roman Braglio, Wes Brown, Brad Craddock, Malcolm Culmer, Michael Dunn, Trey Edmunds, Kenneth Goins, Alvin Hill, Perry Hills, Levern Jacobs, William Likely III, Spencer Myers, Teldrick Morgan, Jarrett Ross, Caleb Rowe, Andrew Stefanelli, Azubuike Ukandu
Of the 17 players, Likely and Dunn have the best chances at hearing their name called at the draft in April.
Likely is the No. 41 cornerback in the draft; according to CBS Sports, he is the first player at the position projected to not be drafted. CBS ranks the 6’5, 300-pound Dunn as the No. 25 offensive tackle.
While Likely and Dunn are Maryland’s most highly-touted prospects, it’s possible that neither participate, as both are coming off of injuries.
Dunn told CBS Sports’ Glenn Clark that he’d be “a game-time decision” for Pro Day earlier this month.
Stay tuned, as we’ll coverage from Maryland’s pro day on Wednesday and Thursday.