SMU will conduct its Pro Day on Thursday ahead of the 2021 NFL Draft with the workouts and testing being concluded late in the afternoon before a trio of Mustangs will be available to the media virtually. The event is closed to the media and public.
Quarterback Shane Buechele, tight end Kylen Granson, linebacker Richard McBryde, cornerback Brandon Stephens, kicker Chris Naggar, defensive tackle Zach Abercrumbia, tight end Ryan Becker, defensive tackle Chris Biggurs, defensive tackle Pono Davis, running back Ke’Mon Freeman, wide receiver Myron Gailliard, cornerback Robert Hayes Jr. and defensive back Jordan Wyatt will all workout, per a release.
Buechele, who wrapped his SMU career after two solid seasons with the program, might have the most to gain. Ahead of his Pro Day, Buechele worked out on the west coast with former NFL quarterback Jordan Palmer. It’s an opportunity to show why teams should take a shot on him as a Day 3 pick.
“Buechele is a good rhythm passer with sound accuracy, good touch, and effective movement skills within the pocket,” The Draft Network wrote of Buechele. “With that said, he lacks size, arm strength, dynamic athleticism, and he has an elongated throwing motion. He isn’t much of a threat to win outside of structure and he does not fare well when he’s forced to speed up his process.
“While Buechele doesn’t have the desired physical traits to be viewed as a potential starter, he does have developmental appeal as a backup quarterback in a West Coast offense. He has baseline ability to keep an offense on schedule if things are right around him.”
Stephens partnered with Reps For Rare Diseases, which has been used as a way for athletes to give back at a pivotal point in their quest to play at the highest level as they put their skills on display for NFL teams. Stephens is running a 2021 Reps For Rare Diseases campaign for his Pro Day to support Uplifting Athletes. Fans and supporters can make a pledge to Stephens’ campaign for each bench press repetition he performs by visiting his 2021 Uplifting Athletes Reps For Rare Diseases page.
“During my time as a student-athlete at SMU I realized the platform athletes have to make a difference,” Stephens wrote. “It’s very important to me to make the most of that opportunity and turn it into something positive. That is why I hope you will help me make a positive impact on the 30 million Americans affected by rare diseases by supporting my campaign!”
Granson has caught 35 passes for 536 yards and five touchdowns for the Mustangs in 2020. After transferring from Rice and sitting out the 2018 season, Granson has totaled 78 receptions for 1,257 yards and 14 scores in a Mustangs uniform.