A guideline for success in the NFL draft


Running back
In a thin year locally, scouts did like what CSU’s Alex Square, who played only sparingly on offense, did on his pro day and believe that, though he is vastly undersized, he may have some potential as a returner.

Wide receiver
CSU wide receiver Ryan Gardner got some attention with his pro day work — 39-inch vertical and 4.39 40-yard dash. He is a project who played only sparingly with the Rams after being recruited to junior college as a basketball player.He looks like a possible undrafted free agent, as does CSU’s Rashaun Greer, who, at 206 pounds, ran well at his pro day.

Offensive line
USC’s Jeff Byers, a Loveland High grad, and Colorado State’s Shelley Smith are the local line prospects most teams expect to be drafted first. Byers is among the top interior linemen on some boards and could sneak into the draft’s second day. Smith had a quality performance at the combine and could be selected from the fifth round on. The Rams’ Cole Pemberton is a late-rounder. CSU’s Adrian Martinez and Tim Walter could be undrafted free agents.