Scouts on hand for Pro Timing Day

Arizona seniors had another chance to impress NFL scouts on Thursday. The university hosted their annual Pro Timing day and scouts from no fewer than 13 teams were on hand to conduct evaluations.

The format was like a mini version of the NFL Scouting Combine. Players were evaluated in the vertical jump, broad jump, 40-yard dash, shuttle run and the three-cone deal. Following that players were tested in the bench press and then conducted individual position drills.

The players first went through the vertical jump. Gilbert Harris had the highest jump of the day with a 40-inch vertical.

The results:
Mike Bell – 33"
Darrell Brooks – 37.5"
Copeland Bryan – 34"
Aaron Butler – 38"
Gilbert Harris – 40"
Sean Jones – 29.5"
Kili Lefotu – 29"
Lamon Means – 38.5"
Randy Sims – 33.5"
Note: Greg Tate and Clay Hardt also tested, but there heights were not announced.

As soon as the players were finished with their vertical jump they instantly went over and competed in the standing broad jump.

The results:
Mike Bell – 9'6"
Darrell Brooks – 10'5"
Copeland Bryan – 10'
Gilbert Harris – 10'5"
Kili Lefotu – 8'6"
Lamon Means – 10'4"
Randy Sims – 9'9"
Greg Tate – 8'
Clay Hardt – 9'3"

The 40-yard dash was next. Each player ran two times, but times were not announced, at least not official times. All of the players who attended the Combine reported better times than they had in Indianapolis with the exception of Mike Bell.

Bell ran twice in the 4.6 range. Darrell Brooks was also in the 4.6 range. Copeland Bryan and Gilbert Harris also posted times in the 4.7 range.

Next the players went through the shuttle drill which has them run five yards to one side, touch the line, run ten yards to the other side, touch the line and run through the middle starting point.

The three-cone drill is designed to measure how well players change directions. Three cones are laid out in an L-shape, forcing players to cut at 90-degree angles.

The measurements concluded with the bench press. Players were asked to see how many reps they could get at 225 pounds. This was the most spirited drill as numerous current players, coaches and training staff shouted encouragement. Even the pro scouts seemed to get into it.

Reps at 225 results:
Mike Bell – 21 reps (Bell originally said he was going to stand on his Combine numbers but changed his mind and surpassed that number).
Copeland Bryan – 16 reps
Darrell Brooks – 12 reps
Gilbert Harris – 17 (Some thought Harris was crazy since he had 21 reps in Indy)
Sean Jones – 18 reps
Kili Lefotu – 25 reps
Lamon Means – 23 reps
Randy Sims – 21 reps
Greg Tate – 25 reps
Clay Hardt – 21 reps

The players left the weight room and headed out to the practice field to undergo position drills. Copeland Bryan worked exclusively with linebacker and defensive backs. Harris and Bell spent most of the time catching passes and showing off their ability to cut.

*Danny Baugher has not been cleared by a doctor to fully participate and will work out individually for interested teams.

*Wildcat recruits Louis Holmes and Gabe Long were on hand to watch the activities. Technically they were on unofficial visits to the university and all of the restrictions that go along with an unofficial visit were in place.

*Former Wildcat player Brandon Nash, now a sports anchor for KMSB TV in Tucson, was also on hand to watch.

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