The NFL Draft eligible Razorbacks will take the field one last time in Fayetteville, Ark., as part of Arkansas’ Pro Day on Wednesday.
A slew of intriguing prospects will take the field at 12:45 p.m., including quarterback Brandon Allen, tailbacks Alex Collins and tight end Hunter Henry.
Here are three things to watch:
1. Can Collins show more speed?
Collins is more of a bruising tailback than a shifty speedster, but an impressive 40-yard dash time could help improve his draft stock drastically. The 5-foot-10, 217-pound back ran a respectable 4.59-second 40 at the NFL Combine. Collins’ speed is one of the greatest concerns among scouts, so a 40 time closer to a 4.5-flat could raise some eyebrows.
Collins garners comparisons to backs such as Chris Ivory. A strong pro day could elevate him as one of the five best running backs in this draft class.
2. Can Hunter Henry solidify himself as the top tight end in this class?
Arkansas’ most likely first-round pick is tight end Hunter Henry. But the gap between Henry and the field is starting to shrink thanks to a strong combine performance from South Carolina’s Jerell Adams. Henry only participated in the bench press at the combine, which means he could have plenty more to show at his pro day.
Henry is the best receiving tight end in this class and is also a capable run blocker. Many scouts will evaluate Henry’s speed in the 40-yard dash. He will get a chance to display his route running ability and reliable hands.
A good pro day should secure Henry as the best tight end in this draft. A great pro day could lock him up as a first-round selection.
3. Can Brandon Allen distinguish himself?
The quarterbacks are questionable outside of the top three prospects. Allen has the benefit of coming from Arkansas’ pro-style scheme, but he has plenty to prove during his pro-day performance.
Allen will need to show he has developed in the pocket when it comes to making progressions and reading defenses. He will also need to display a better deep ball while highlighting his ability to connect on short and intermediate routes with precision.
A strong pro day could vault Allen closer to the top five quarterbacks in this class.
4. What can Jonathan Williams show?
Williams opted to go pro despite missing the entire 2015 season with a foot injury. Some scouts believe the tailback would have been better off spending another season in school as a medical redshirt with an opportunity to earn a starting job.
Williams and Collins were a tremendous tandem in 2014 and both backs ran for more than 1,000 yards despite sharing carries. Williams participated in the bench press at the combine. He may attempt to showcase himself more on his pro day.
If Williams does participate and has a decent performance, he could solidify himself as a third- or fourth-round pick despite missing the entire season. He is simply that talented.