Jarrad Davis, Marcus Maye show out at Gators' Pro Day

Only the NFL people know for sure what they are thinking, but the general consensus on Tuesday in Gainesville is that senior linebacker Jarrad Davis and senior safety Marcus Maye did the most to help themselves as they now prepare mentally for the NFL draft next week.

Jarrad Daviscaused a huge stir in the Gators’ indoor practice facility when he approached the vertical jump and nearly hit the top tab as he notched 38 inches. That number would place him among the best at any position at the NFL combine earlier in the month of which he didn’t attend because of injury. Then he had a solid 10’ 9” broad jump.  He then was able to run a non-official 4.56 seconds in the 40-yard dash. At his size it was a super stat. Davis also was extra quick in the short shuttle running an impressive 4.35 seconds in the drill. Davis also benched a solid 23 reps of 225 pounds to start the day.

“His explosion is, you talk about measurables, that’s one of those that shows explosive power and that’s why they do the drill,” Florida head coach Jim McElwain said about Davis’ vertical after the workouts concluded. “You guys saw how he hits people. You saw that in the vertical.”

Although we don’t have all of the numbers for Marcus Maye, he was able to leap a very nice 33.5” in the vertical and run a very good 4.51 unofficial time in the 40-yard dash. Maye was also fluid in drills and drew the praise of people in the audience.

“Both guys chose to come back and helped themselves actually as they go up in the draft order from a year ago,” McElwain said of Davis and Maye. “(These are) guys that obviously all these (NFL) guys are talking about. When you talk about Marcus, his versatility not only to play center field but come down and play in the box and still cover guys as well. Jarrad, I mean here’s a guy, look, he could have shut it down with that injury and you guys saw what he did, just even in that Georgia game when he shouldn’t have been playing. And yet that showed more to these guys about him being able to come out and play and want to play and play hurt.”

While cornerback Teez Tabor had a disappointing 40 time somewhere in the 4.7 second range, and his vertical wasn’t great at 32”, he excelled in the agility drills pulling off a very impressive 4.15 seconds in the short shuttle. Tabor struggled at the NFL Combine in the speed tests, but showing off the agility and quickness was a good thing on Monday.

“You know, it’s interesting… even in talking to these guys [NFL personnel], it’s about what you put on film,” McElwain said of Tabor. “Ultimately, all these drills do is either possibly confirm or put some things into it. Guys, he plays at fast, fast level. And you guys that have covered us, I don’t know if he’s ever been beaten and he’s chased guys down when he’s had to. On a double-move here and there, he might have got beaten, but at the same time, he plays on film and puts on film that the speed is not an issue. And I think that’s exactly what a lot of these guys have talked about.”

“I think the measurable piece for him, I mean you’re talking about a long corner, a guy that’s got size and short-space quickness and yet played at a high level against really good players. I go back to it. And as we have guys even come and talk to our team, general managers, guys that have been in the NFL, the importance of what you put on film is really your best (bet).  

“Unbelievable ball skills, great instincts, loves the game, really good teammate, and good in the locker room. And really communicates and helps the people get better around him.”

Cornerback  Quincy Wilson and linebacker Alex Anzalone didn’t participate in the timing events having showed will at the combine, but both were very impressive in the fluidity drills and position specific skill drills that the NFL coaches put them through. Head coach Bill Belichick of the NFL’s New England Patriots seemed specifically interested in Anzalone and fellow linebacker Davis.

Defensive tackle Joey Ivie also performed strong, hitting 29.5” in the vertical and running 4.97 seconds in the 40, a good time for a large defensive tackle.

“The things that you do that don’t show up in the box score – and that’s what these guys want to see – it’s not necessarily the flash plays or the numbers,” McElwain said in praise of Ivie.  In his case, doing his job so those other guys can make plays around him. That’s what really shows up. And he did a great job at the Shrine Bowl, which really sparked a lot of guys’ interest because of what he did there. As they go back and study it, he’s one of those guys who consistently did what he was supposed to do to help the people around him be better. That really says a lot.”

Quarterback Austin Appleby threw well to receivers Chris Thompson, Ahmad Fulwood,  and former Gator Valdez Showers among others. Appleby ran the 40 in 4.8 seconds. 

Offensive tackle David Sharpe worked out, but didn't do any of the measurement stuff because he did them at the combine. He talks about Pro Day below. 

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