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Several Southern Miss football players impress at Pro Day for NFL scouts

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 Southern Miss receiver Mike Thomas catches a deep pass over North Texas defensive back James Gray on Oct. 3 in Hattiesburg. Thomas put in a nice showing at USM's Pro Day in Hattiesburg Thursday.
TIM ISBELL/SUN HERALD Southern Miss receiver Mike Thomas catches a deep pass over North Texas defensive back James Gray on Oct. 3 in Hattiesburg. Thomas put in a nice showing at USM's Pro Day in Hattiesburg Thursday. SUN HERALD

With eyes on April's NFL Draft, several Southern Miss products had nice performances at the school's Pro Day on Thursday in Hattiesburg.

A total of 16 former Golden Eagles worked out in front of scouts from at least 19 NFL teams in wet weather at M.M. Roberts Stadium.

Three former Golden Eagles put in impressive unofficial times in the 40-yard dash. Casey Martin registered a time of 4.5 seconds and fellow receiver Michael Thomas had a 4.4. The best unofficial time in the 40-yard dash belonged to cornerback Kalan Reed, who ran a 4.38.

Martin also had a strong showing on the weight bench, putting up 23 repetitions. That number would have beat the top receiver at the NFL Combine by three.

Reed and Thomas appear to be the best pro prospects from USM following outstanding senior campaigns. Both players were invited to take part in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Jan. 25 in Carson, Calif., with hope of improving their positioning for the NFL Draft, which takes place April 28-30.

Thomas is projected as a sixth-round selection by NFLDraftScout.com while Reed may land as a late round selection or free agent.

Thomas, who was All-Conference USA second team in 2015, caught 71 passes for 1,391 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior.

Thomas plans to visit with the Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles and San Diego Chargers prior to the draft.

"The game tape never lies," Thomas said Thursday. "(Scouts) told me I did pretty good today, but game film tells the tale."

Reed registered 56 tackles and four interceptions to make All-CUSA First-Team as a senior.

Reed seemed to help his case Thursday, showing of his athleticism with a 41.5-inch jump in the vertical.

"Having all my teammates, parents and coaches in there, you get that adrenaline rush," Reed said. "That made me jump even higher. It's better than training by yourself."

Former USM offensive tackle Rashod Hill should also get a look from scouts at 6-foot-6, 309 pounds.

Other former USM players who took part in USM's Pro Day Thursday were: Offensive lineman Randal Agee, linebacker Brian Anderson, defensive tackle Andrew Bolton, offensive lineman Bradley Nugent, offensive tackle Norman Price, running back Jalen Richard, defensive tackle Quincy Russell, long snapper Lance Schuffert, defensive lineman Michael Smith and linebacker Anthony Swain.

Former Alcorn State quarterback John Gibbs Jr. also took part in Thursday's workouts.

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