Penn State Pro Day: Beyond the Numbers

News and notes that go above and beyond the raw stats from Thursday's session at University Park. See which coach took an interest in Levi Brown, how Paul Posluszny did in his workouts and much more as our Pro Day coverage continues.

Penn State Pro Day is not all about the numbers. Sure, NFL scouts pay attention to the performances in events such as the 40-yard dash, bench press and standing broad jump. But they also put players from various positions through different workouts. Here are some workout notes from Thursday's session at Holuba Hall.

• As expected, All-American Paul Posluszny was “spot on” in linebacker drills, according to one observer. “He dropped maybe two balls, but that was it.” Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants was the only head coach on hand for Penn State Pro Day, and he spent significant time watching Posluszny. The Giants currently hold the 20th overall pick in the draft, and linebacker is a real team need.

• Speaking of Coughlin, he also spent a good 20 minutes watching the only two offensive linemen working out at Penn State Pro Day -- All-America tackle Levi Brown and guard Robert Price. The Giants' coach was obviously interested in the former. Coughlin was “on top of it [the workout], staring it down,” an observer said. Since Brown projects as a top 10 pick in the draft and the Giants are not currently scheduled to pick until No. 20, they may be considering a move up to nab the impressive left tackle.

• Safety Donnie Johnson and fullback BranDon Snow both put up amazing numbers in the bench press (each had 28 reps of 225 pounds). But both had trouble holding onto balls thrown at them in individual workouts.

• Since there were only two defensive backs (Johnson and Darien Hardy), they both ran drills with the linebackers.

Tim Shaw was looking to improve his standing broad jump significantly from the NFL Combine (he did 9-9 there) and the linebacker did so, uncorking a 10-6.

• Defensive tackle Ed Johnson ran one 40 in 4.9 seconds. “But he kept tripping in agility drills,” an observer reported.

• Punter Jeremy Kapinos participated in Pro Day, but did his workouts outside on the practice field next to Holuba. About five teams watched him. We are working on getting a report on his performance.

• Running back Tony Hunt turned in a 4.69 40 on his first try. On his second attempt, he appeared to tweak a hamstring and ran a 4.77.

• “At least 25 NFL teams” were on hand for Pro Day, according to one observer. Our sources spotted reps from the Browns, Cowboys, Dolphins, Giants, Eagles, Jaguars, Jets, Patriots, Ravens and Steelers, to name a few.

• Overall, there were no huge surprises on Pro Day. As expected, defensive end Jim Shaw was impressive in the bench press, with 38 reps. But his overall workout did not blow scouts away they way another unknown -- Ethan Kilmer -- did at this event last year. As one observers said, “I don't think anyone really hurt or helped themselves.”


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