The Detroit Lions have been working the pro day circuit like champs, and it seems like the staff has been on hand at every pro day. The position coaches have been in on the fun as well, and this week we had reports that Lions wide receiver coach Robert Prince was on hand for Boise State’s Pro Day. Prince is a former offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach at BSU, so he’s very familiar with the program and likely has enough connections remaining to have the inside scoop on the players there.
*Note that all Pro Day numbers shown are unofficial
2016 - 56 Receptions, 1,129 Yards, 11 TDs
2017 - 83 Receptions, 1,511 Yards, 7 TDs
The headliner among offensive players is wide receiver Cedrick Wilson. Wilson attended the Combine where he posted decent numbers across the board. His size, around 6-foot-2 and just around 200 pounds, seems to be the body type that the team has been looking at this offseason, and having a decent athletic profile can’t hurt. After a strong Pro Day, Wilson worked out privately with Robert Prince.
2014 - 4 Tackles
2015 - 3 Tackles
A special teamer and long snapper, Barr also worked out at Boise State’s Pro Day. Not much to add here.
2017 - 61/97, 754 Yards, 10 TDs, 1 Int
One of Boise State’s quarterbacks in 2017 after spending four seasons at Kansas, Montell Cozart has expressed a willingness to move to receiver if NFL teams ask him to. He’s had interest in that regard by a couple of teams, but the Lions did not have him work out at the position at his Pro Day.
2014 - 2 Receptions, 4 Yards, 2 TDs
2015 - 2 Receptions, 22 Yards, 1 TD
2016 - 15 Receptions, 119 Yards, 2 TDs
2017 - 13 Receptions, 175 Yards, 2 TDs
Alec Dhaenens is a decent height/weight/speed athlete at tight end and may find himself in a team’s training camp as a reserve tight end and possible practice squad player in 2018. He isn’t very explosive or dynamic as a playmaker, but he’s a fair option as a developmental player.
Here's a clip of @broncosportsfb's Alec Dhaenens 13-yard TD reception from Brett Rypien that pushes Boise State's lead to 17 with 9:41 left in the 3rd Q. #LVBowl Score Update: BSU 31, Oregon 14 pic.twitter.com/A0BVzUDjMn— Las Vegas Bowl (@LasVegasBowl) December 16, 2017
2014 - 35 Receptions, 408 Yards, 2 TDs
2015 - 33 Receptions, 357 Yards, 1 TD
2016 - 10 Receptions, 113 Yards
2017 - 39 Recpetions, 410 Yards, 9 TDs
Boise State’s reliable red zone player in 2017, Jake Roh doesn’t bring much in terms of athletic upside or size in the NFL. Still, it never hurts to have a guy who knows how to work zones when they shrink in the red zone, so he could find his way into a camp.
Obviously the big draw for the day was with Cedrick Wilson, who Prince worked out personally. It’s no surprise he went back to his old haunt, as Boise State’s offense has always produced fairly disciplined players (with one, very specific, Detroit Lions exception). Wilson, the best of the bunch, is still looking at a mid-Day 3 selection at best, so I wouldn’t expect to hear any of these guys’ names called early. If the team looks to boost the WR corps further, or plan for the 2019 departures, this was a good place to start.