On March 18, scouts from every NFL team will be in Ann Arbor to watch Michigan’s best perform at the Wolverine Pro Day. Rather than wait for their pro day, as many prospects are doing, the Michigan players at the combine have decided to make the most of the opportunity, participating heavily in combine events during the week.
David Baas, Kevin Dudley and Braylon Edwards all took to the bench early this week. Edwards set the mark for wideouts as he raised the bar 22 times, although he was disappointed as he expected to do between 25 and 30. Baas put up 29, which was the second highest mark for any center. Dudley finished with 19.
Baas had the second largest hands of any center, measuring in at 10 ½ inches, and had 32 ½ inch arms. He also had one of the best forty-yard dash times of any lineman, clocking a 5.02.
Dudley had 31-inch arms and 9.3-inch hands. He also impressed carrying the ball. He looked good in running drills and turned in a decent 4.86 on his second forty-yard-dash. He timed at 4.90 on his first. While Dudley and Baas continue their workouts, Edwards is done for the week and will complete his workouts at the pro day -- he cites fatigue from the season and playing in a later bowl game than some players as reasons for not working out.
Edwards is receiving a great deal of positive attention in Indianapolis. He is already a media darling and was considered by many in the media room to be one of the more personable players to come through. After finishing his press conference and doing his lift, he returned to the media room, telling NFL.com’s Gil Brandt “I just couldn’t stay away.” He was actually accompanying Louisville RB Eric Shelton, who is one of his better friends at the combine, but Braylon still took the opportunity to talk to the media again.
Marlin Jackson, Ernest Shazor and Markus Curry all will be starting their process on Sunday morning. Punter Adam Finley is also here and had a full punting workout for NFL scouts and coaches on Friday.
One Wolverine not invited to Indianapolis but is still generating some buzz is Roy Manning. Manning has been training in preparation for the pro day and is weighing in at 257, and has run as low as 4.53 in the forty. Scouts in Indianapolis have been talking about him and the Lions are among the teams that have shown interest.
Alex Ofili has also gotten some interest. John Murphy of Next Level Scouting
calls Ofili a raw prospect with good athletic ability who needs to improve at
finding the ball. He might have a chance as a late round pick or free agent.
Jermaine Gonzalez has also received some interest as a free agent prospect.
We'll have more from the combine later.