Florida trio on display at USC pro day


There was a decidedly Florida feel to USC's pro day on Wednesday, as the top three attractions -- Leonard Williams, Nelson Agholor and Buck Allen -- all hail from the Sunshine State.

All 32 NFL teams were scheduled to be in attendance and just about all eyes were on Williams, who announced Tuesday that he would only participate in position drills during his pro day. Williams turned in a 4.97-second 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis and said he was happy with that number.

Tennessee has the No. 2 pick in the draft and could be a player for Williams, so it was fitting that Titans defensive line coach Giff Smith put Williams through drills.

Williams said he wanted to see what working with Smith would be like and how the two communicated. He responded favorably to the 20-minute workout.

"I really liked the defensive line coach,” Williams said, adding that his first visit will be to Tennessee on April 3.

Like Williams, neither Agholor nor Allen posted times in the 40-yard dash on Wednesday, but Agholor did participate in several events after a thumb injury at the NFL combine knocked Agholor from many of the day's proceedings. On Wednesday, Agholor posted a 36.5-inch vertical jump, but stuck to the 4.42-second 40-yard dash time he posted at the combine.

Agholor will follow recent former USC wide receiver Robert Woods and Marqise Lee into the draft and sold himself to teams following Wednesday's workout.

"I think I'm a very determined player who prepares well,” Agholor said. "I think I do a good job of getting open and I have a good feel for finding the football.”

Allen stood pat with all of his NFL combine testing numbers, but put his route running on display for the NFL scouts. Allen, who caught 41 passes in 2014, said teams had expressed a desire to see him catch the ball leading up to the draft.

"It's a blessing to come out here and showcase my talent,” Allen said. "I took advantage of pro day and ran some routes that we didn't do at the combine.”

Additional notes

  • Wide receiver George Farmer created some significant buzz when he posted 4.40 and 4.35 electronic 40-yard dash times. Those runs, combined with 19 reps on the bench press, could make him a name to watch as teams debate a prospect who tested well but caught just 30 passes in his college career. Farmer dealt with a number of injuries at USC and stressed his current good health and academic standing -- one class short of a degree -- as the two main reasons for making the decision to forgo his final season. "I didn't get the film I would have liked, but all I need is an opportunity,” Farmer said.

  • Cornerback Josh Shaw also drew attention on Wednesday, as it was the first time he addressed the local media about the bizarre incident that occurred this past August, when Shaw said he hurt his ankles while saving his nephew from drowning in a pool. The story turned out to be fabricated and Shaw was suspended for 10 games of his senior season as the LAPD and USC conducted investigations that never led to charges being filed. That hasn't seemed to scare away NFL teams, though. "The mistake I made was really out of character and most importantly, I've learned from it,” Shaw said, adding that his schedule for the next few weeks is completely booked with meetings and workouts, with a private workout for the Houston Texans scheduled for Monday.