Eugene, Ore—“Gonna go get this money,” Vernon Adams called out to his teammates and the media members on hand for Oregon’s pro day workouts this afternoon. A sentiment shared by all the Ducks players on hand trying to impress the scouts present for the Oregon prospects’ final opportunity to show that they belong in the NFL.
Adams, DeForest Buckner, Bralon Addison, Byron Marshall, and a handful of other Ducks entering this year's draft took the Moshofsky Center field at around 12:30 P.M. for the scout led workout. With representatives from nearly every team present to watch the University of Oregon products strut their stuff, it was an opportunity for some prospects who weren’t invited to last month’s combine to make their presence felt by the scouts in attendance. For the Ducks who were invited to the combine, it was the opportunity to improve on their first impressions.
After the workout, Vernon Adams gave his performance a “B,” and went on to say, “Throwing-wise, I made every throw that I needed to make—I missed on one of the real easy throws but Bralon [Addison] made me look good and he caught it.” Adams also ran the 40-yard dash but wasn’t able to improve on his 4.83 second time at the combine; he ran a 4.85 today. Adams later said that the only team he has had any formal talks with has been the Steelers, “They like that I can make plays kind of like how Big Ben makes plays and has fun with it,” Adams continued, “I’ll be happy to go anywhere. I’m just glad I got the opportunity… If anyone picks me up I’ll be happy with that.”
There wasn’t much else for DeForest Buckner to prove at today’s workouts but the defensive lineman came out to participate in the position drills, “I just wanted to show the coaches that I’m moving good… and do all the little things that they’re looking for.” Buckner also stated that he has no preference as to whom he gets drafted by, “whoever wants a d-linemen I’m here.” Buckner has interviewed with 15 teams but declined to state which ones have shown the most interest.
Bralon Addison and Byron Marshall were two other notable names participating in today’s workouts. For Marshall, the pro day holds a little more urgency as he is coming off a leg injury he suffered in week four against Utah that cost him the remainder of the 2015 campaign. He looked like he was 100% today and ran a respectable 4.57 40-yard dash after not running at the combine and ran routes for Adams during his throwing period. Addison also caught passes from Adams but wasn’t able to improve on his combine 40 time (4.66), and ran a 4.69 this afternoon.
Perhaps the most impressive outing today belonged to linebacker Joe Walker who participated in every workout and position drill. Walker’s impressive 104” broad jump was the longest of the afternoon by any Duck and he also ran the fastest 40, clocking in an impressive 4.60. No small feat considering the pride that Oregon takes in recruiting athletes to their football program. He has a similar frame and style of play to that of new Dolphins linebacker and former Duck, Kiko Alonso; his pro day performance could move his name up a few draft boards around the league.
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