FAYETTEVILLE - Frowns were hard to come by inside Walker Pavilion on Wednesday afternoon.

FAYETTEVILLE - Frowns were hard to come by inside Walker Pavilion on Wednesday afternoon.


Eleven former Arkansas football players and one more Natural State native took part in the university’s Pro Day. The indoor training facility was packed with brass from all 32 NFL teams and countless friends, family, agents, marketing gurus and personal coaches. They all hoped for a good day.


And they were mostly satisfied. Especially so were the big four former Razorbacks. Quarterback Brandon Allen, tight end Hunter Henry and running backs Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams each had something individual they wanted to prove or accomplish Wednesday. To a man, they were each satisfied.


Their old coach was happy to see it both results-wise and the reception from the professional ranks.


"I don’t think anybody under-performed," Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said. "It was the first time in my career … Even when I had a year where we had a couple of first-rounders, it was mixed. But I’ve never had all 32. So it was pretty cool."


For Williams, it was the first time he was able to go through a full slate of drills with that many eyes on him in almost a year. He missed his senior season after suffering a broken foot in spring practice in 2015 and he wasn’t cleared to participate in the NFL Combine last year month.


More than anything, Williams wanted to show he was fully recovered. He did not run the 40-yard-dash time he hoped (high 4.5 seconds), but he wasn’t far off, either. Everything else, barring a miraculously poor showing, would be bonus.


"I feel pretty good. I still have a couple things I need to work on just because I’ve been out of it for a year," Williams said. "But that’s also a good thing. I haven’t had any hits in a year. I think that will help."


His backfield mate Alex Collins declined the speed and agility drills and also the bench press. Collins was content - as were NFL personnel, he said - with his times in the 40-yard dash and change-of-direction drills from the combine. He two simple things he wanted to improve Wednesday.


"I feel like I really improved on the things I wanted to improve on," Collins said. "I wanted to come out here do good, run some good routes, catch the ball and improve my vertical. I did that. Improved my vertical four inches and I didn’t drop the ball so I feel like I impressed with the way I performed."


Hunter Henry focused on the bench press. He was flagged for just 14 repetitions at the combine, leaving most disappointed. Apparently that day they combine officials docked him for poor form on some of the reps even though he raised the bar. They said his hips came forward too much.


So Henry strapped himself in, literally, to the bench Wednesday. He did 20 reps.


His quarterback Brandon Allen elected a throwing clinic. Allen flung passes to Henry, Collins, Williams, former wide receiver and cornerback Davyon McKinney and former Arkansas All-SEC wide receiver Cobi Hamilton. Henry dropped a deep ball, a pass to Hamilton went awry and one to Williams was at the knees. Mostly Allen was sharp. So sharp, in fact, a couple of team representatives did not have him work-out privately afterward, as was the original plan.


Of the four, and the several others who worked out Wednesday, about the only one with a solid grasp on where they will land in next month’s NFL Draft is Henry, who is projected the first tight end off the board. For the rest, mock drafts have them anywhere from the second round to undrafted. And that’s among the lot of them.


Allen isn’t worrying about it, the same as he didn’t worry after his sophomore or junior seasons. He’s used to the nerves.


"There’s always going to be a little bit (of nervousness)," he said. "Whether you get drafted or not or whether you get a call from different teams. You’ve just got to make the best of the opportunity given, whether it’s a tryout or getting drafted, you just have to make the best of it.


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