Raiders out in force at Stanford pro day

Raiders out in force at Stanford pro day
March 20, 2014, 5:45 pm
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A total of 14 Stanford players auditioned for pro scouts. (USATSI)

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STANFORD -- As much Silver and Black turned out for Stanford’s pro day as Cardinal red. At least it seemed that way.

A total of 15 Raiders coaches and scouts attended Thursday’s on-campus workout, included defensive coordinator Jason Tarver and special teams coach Bobby April.

That's likely because it was local but, by contrast, the 49ers had just one scout in attendance. 

Running backs coach Kelly Skipper ran drills for Cardinal rusher Tyler Gaffney. Remarkably, defensive lineman Ben Gardner had a 39-inch vertical leap. Pass rusher Trent Murphy looked as fast and agile as advertised.

A total of 14 Stanford players auditioned for pro scouts, many of whom weren’t invited to the NFL’s national scouting combine in Indianapolis.

“This was a big moment to show what I can do,” Gardner said. “It felt like I performed well, and it’s nice to have that happen leading up to the draft. Hopefully I impressed someone today.”

The Cardinal have several NFL-caliber talents who could fill out the later rounds. Murphy and offensive lineman David Yankey top the school’s ranking list and are projected to be 1-2 round selections.

Gaffney might last into the draft’s third day, but Skipper took a long look at the power rusher who led Stanford’s offense.

“You never really know how they’re going to test you,” Gaffney said. “There wasn’t anything surprising, because at this point I’ve pretty much seen in all. They do come up with some funny drills to see how to respond and how you work.

“The goal here was to show that I can do more than run straight ahead. I can be a versatile back at the next level.”