Former Knights Impress at RU Pro Day

The Rutgers football team's annual Pro Combine Day not only gave some of non-household names a chance to show NFL teams what they can do, but it also gave Kenny Britt, Tiquan Underwood and Courtney Greene chances to improve upon their NFL Combine performances.

The wide receiver tandem of Kenny Britt and Tiquan Underwood did exactly that in front of 41 scouts from 29 NFL teams at the Hale Center and Indoor Practice Bubble as both improved upon their 40-yard dash times.

Britt improved on his 4.48 time in Indianapolis with a 4.40 earlier today, to go along with a 4.34 by Underwood after he ran a 4.41 at the NFL Combine.

"I think I put on a pretty good performance," Underwood said. "I just wanted to come out, catch the ball well, run well and just leave it all on the table."

Both receivers also impressed the scouts in attendance in their individual workouts.

Mike Mayock of NFL Network was one of the 41 scouts on hand and told reporters after the event that he thinks Britt has the potential to be a first round pick.

"I think he's right on the cusp," Mayock said. "I think the Giants at 29 are an interesting pick so I think once you starting getting into plus or minus 25 to 40, right on the cusp of the first round is where I've heard most of the scouts talking about him. Off tape, I think that's about where he belongs."

Britt said after the event that he feels he has fared well in his workouts, but is frustrated with accusations of attitude problems.

"People have been saying a lot of things about my game, especially about my attitude which is something that's not true, but I just have to go prove them wrong," Britt said.

Greene did not run the 40-yard dash, but participated in select drills with the defensive backs.

It was cornerback Jason McCourty, however, that stole the show on the defensive side of the ball with a 4.32 40-yard dash time. McCourty said afterwards that he was pleased with the time, but that he expected to run that fast.

"I think I did well," he said. "I was happy with a lot of my times. I was just happy to be able to compete and do well … I've run some fast times before."

The other defensive player that stood out to scouts was linebacker Kevin Malast who ran a 4.60.

"I feel good," Malast said. "I worked very hard for this day and I came out and did what I have to do. I put up pretty good numbers linebacker wise. I wanted to prove that I am right up there with any of those guys."

In the opinion of Mayock, Malast's combination of speed and hitting ability makes him a potential special teams weapon on the next level.

"He's in shape, he's a tough kid, he's a guy that's going to get in camp and probably knock a lot of guys down on special team," Mayock said.

Quarterback Mike Teel, who hopes to get picked in the latter stages of the draft, ran a 4.99 dash and threw a total of 67 passes during the individual workouts, more than most quarterbacks at their respective pro days.

"It's a lot harder than you expect," Teel said of his workout. "You do the running stuff then you come back and do your position work. I think I threw 67 balls or something like that. That's a lot of throws for a 25-minute period. I threw well, could have thrown better, you can always throw better."

Tight end Kevin Brock may have also played his way into the NFL Draft with an impressive 4.65 dash time to go along with his 6'5" frame.

"I think I did well," Brock said. "I just wanted to improve overall. This is the biggest job interview of your life where you want to go out and show everything you can do … I can bring athleticism to any team, do it all. I'm just willing to play."

Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano was on hand at the Indoor Practice Bubble as well to support his former Rutgers players. Schiano spoke with the media and said that he enjoys the event not only because of what it does for his former players, but what it does for his current ones.

"It's great for our kids, it's great for our younger players to watch as well," Schiano said. "It becomes a reality for them when they see their buddies get the opportunity and end up getting drafted."


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