Runaway Hit at Pro Day

Pro scouts were on the Penn State campus Thursday for — you guessed it — Pro Day. And while the featured attractions were the high-profile Nittany Lions who are slam dunks to be drafted, walk-on receiver Ethan Kilmer wound up stealing the show.

Kilmer and 17 of his 2005 senior teammates tested in the Lasch Building and at Holuba Hall. Also on hand was former Penn Stater Lavon Chisley, who was suspended from the team for his senior season in '05.

It seemed as if every NFL team was represented, as were scouts from the CFL and Arena League. Well-known faces in the crowd included Matt Millen, Herman Edwards, Carl Petersen, Jerry Angelo, Bill Cowher. The parking lot was packed with high-end vehicles of every shape and size.

Several former Lions stopped by to see what was cooking, too, including current NFL players Robbie Gould, who is living at home in Lock Haven and training at PSU, and Rich Gardner.

What did everyone see?

Well, a source for Scout.com was on hand for the morning session, which included measurements and the bench press for 18 players (quarterback Michael Robinson delayed lifting until after throwing later in the day).

No big shockers on the measurements, other than defensive end Tamba Hali coming in 263 pounds, about 12 pounds lighter than he was at the NFL Combine. The longest arms belonged to another D-end, Chisley (35-3/8) and the biggest hands to Hali (10-7/8).

In the bench, Kilmer began to get noticed when he uncorked 19 reps of 225, a terrific number for a wideout. By comparison, defensive end Matthew Rice did 19 and Hali did 18. Offensive linemen Tyler Reed (29), Charles Rush (28) and Lance Antolick (27) did the most.

The afternoon session was closed to all media. But FOS has learned that Kilmer once again stole the show, uncorking a 4.38-second 40-yard dash, a 41-inch vertical leap and 10-foot, 10-inch broad jump. Once scout pulled Kilmer aside to talk after his performance in the bench press. By the time he was finished in the afternoon, Kilmer was the talk of the event.

Said a source close to the program: "Three scouts were huddled up comparing notes and one said, 'Seriously, this guy was a walk-on?' — he really impressed a lot of people."

Kilmer had a key touchdown catch in the Orange Bowl win over Florida State and finished the 2005 season with 15 grabs for 236 yards and three scores. He was also a special-teams cover ace, making 23 tackles.

Meanwhile, Robinson ran a 4.5 40-yard dash on what was considered a fast track. We are working on securing 40 times for the other Lions involved.

THE FOLLOWING ARE THE BENCH PRESS NUMBERS:

Lance Antolick 27

Dorian Burton 12

Lavon Chisley 19

Paul Cronin 9

Tamba Hali 18

Chris Harrell 16

Ethan Kilmer 19

Calvin Lowry 16

Scott Paxson 21

Anwar Phillips 10

Tyler Reed 29

Matthew Rice 19

Andrew Richardson 14

Michael Robinson DNP*

Charles Rush 28

E.Z. Smith 18

Isaac Smolko 21

John Wilson 15

Alan Zemaitis 10

*Did this drill later in the day, after throwing for scouts. Scout.com was not on hand for his bench press or measurements.

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