Recap Of Pro Day at Duke

Wednesday marked an important day for many members of the Duke football team as representatives from nearly 20 NFL teams were in Durham evaluating and scouting the graduated Blue Devils who have dreams of making a roster next year.

Thanks to our correspondents, who were on hand, was able to secure the following evaluations and recaps of the various performances by the Blue Devils.

Matt Zielinski - 6-foot-3, 302 pounds, DT

The big senior tackle impressed the scouts with the added weight and strength that was on display. Zielinski was able to do 37 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press while logging a 32 inch vertical jump. As one on looker put it: "There's no way that guy is only 300 pounds. He's got to be 320 at least."

Ryan Fowler - 6-foot-4, 245 pounds, LB

After a tremendous NFL combine last week, Fowler logged another impressive showing at Duke. He wowed the scouts in attendance by displaying a 39-inch vertical jump and a running a 4.7 in the forty yard dash. He also was able to do 35 reps of 225 pounds. He is considered as one of the players most likely to hear his name called on draft day from Duke. Some of the more impressive stats included a 4.71 in the forty, 4.17 in the short shuttle, and a 9'8'' mark in the standing broad jump.

Drew Strojny - 6-foot-8, 322 pounds, OT

Impressed scouts with his physical ability and power numbers. After playing the season around the 290 pound mark, Drew weighed in at 327 pounds at the combine and then 322 pounds at Duke. The positives included his footwork and agility. He ran a 5.37 second forty, logged a 29.5 vertical jump, and a 8'3'' standing broad jump. The knock is a small base that probably won't be successful against the more ferocious NFL caliber defensive ends.

Chris Douglas - 5-foot-10, 200 pounds, RB

Douglas, who was arguably the most successful running back in Duke history, Douglas is looking to end up on a roster somewhere. He recorded a 4.5 forty along with a 10 foot broad jump, and a 34 inch vertical. His quickness and agility was better than expected, as was his strength – he recorded 17 reps of 225 pounds.

Reggie Love - 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, WR

Despite not doing too much offensively during his senior season, Love put on a show Wednesday showcasing speed (4.46 in the forty three different times), athleticism (37 inch vertical jump), and a sturdy frame at 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds. Most think he'll end up on a roster somewhere if he's not drafted outright.

Alex Wade - 6-foot-0, 247 pounds, RB/FB

The big guy didn't have a good showing, running just a 4.97 in the forty and 2.85 in the twenty yard dash – his running form probably cost him some precious hundredths of a second. Wade did manage to record a 9'6" standing broad jump and a 32.5 vertical mark.

Terrell Smith - 5-foot-11, 180 pounds, S/CB

Smith didn't test out well, which is not unusual for him. However he showed a great work ethic and desire. Smith logged 15 reps of 225 pounds, a 4.64 mark in the forty, and was one of the top marks in the three-cone drill.

Other notes:

  • Luke Bayer (6-foot-5, 300 pounds, C) had 28 reps of 225
  • Rusty Wilson (6-foot-3, 320 pounds, G) had 31 reps
  • Darryl Lewis (6-foot-3, 340 pounds, G) had 23 reps.

    The performances of Fowler, Zielinski, Wade, and others in both the bench press and vertical jumps, there was a lot of positives being said by many professionals about Sonny Falcone and the Duke Strength Program.

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