FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas moved into spreak break after wrapping up its third practice Thursday.
But the practice field inside the Walker Pavilion won't be empty today. There's another group trying to impress.
Arkansas players eligible for the 2012 NFL Draft will participate in a pro day workout on campus this afternoon. The group — which includes headliners like quarterback Tyler Wilson and running back Knile Davis — is scheduled to go through speed, agility and strength tests as well as other position-specific drills in preparation for April's draft.
Today's participants will include the six Razorbacks who participated in the NFL Scouting Combine earlier this month (Wilson, Davis, tight end Chris Gragg, wide receiver Cobi Hamilton, guard Alvin Bailey and punter Dylan Breeding). So it's the second chance for each to impress NFL personnel and improve their draft stock. Davis may be the player with the most to gain, too, trying to back up his impressive performance at the NFL Combine.
"I'm a realist; people have short memories," Davis told The Associated Press about his injury history and disappointing 2012 season. "The media, coaches, it's 'What have you done for me lately?' So, yeah, I definitely have something to prove. I have something to prove to myself that I can play at the next level."
It's the first opportunity for others to shine. A group that includes running back Dennis Johnson, who fit in the NFL Combine "snub" category according Josh Norris of NFL.com. Others joining Johnson include linebacker Alonzo Highsmith, defensive end Tenarius Wright, safety Ross Rasner, defensive tackles D.D. Jones and Alfred Davis and cornerback Darius Winston. They're trying to convince teams they're worthy of being drafted or signed to free agent deals.
The pool of Arkansas pro prospects is the largest since 2008, when the Razorbacks had two first-round draft picks (RB Darren McFadden, RB Felix Jones) and six total players selected in the seven-round draft. Arkansas had four players selected last season (DE Jake Bequette, WR Joe Adams, WR Greg Childs, WR Jarius Wright).
— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau