Watching the 2014 Pro Day from the sidelines, Doe saw Southward turn a NFL combine snub into a third-round NFL Draft selection by Atlanta after running a sub 4.4 40-yard dash, hitting 42 inches on his vertical jump and reaching 10-5 on the broad jump.
“I always go back to YouTube and watch Dez’s 40 (yard dash) and see his vertical,” said Doe. “I’d be like, man, he didn’t get a chance to do the combine, came out here and put up great, great numbers and went third round to the Falcons. Hopefully I impressed the scouts to where that could happen for me too.”
Doe did nothing to hurt his chances during Wisconsin’s annual pro day workouts Wednesday.
Working out with former Wisconsin teammates Melvin Gordon, Rob Havenstein, Warren Herring, Peniel Jean, Jeff Lewis, Dallas Lewallen and Jacob Pedersen, Doe set personal bests in the broad jump with 10 feet, 5 inches (previous best was 9-11), improved two inches on his best vertical jump to 37 inches, ran the 40-yard dash in 4.48 seconds and did 22 reps at 225 pounds on the bench press.
“It was crazy,” said Doe. “The hard work, the training, trying to take care of your body and have that mental focus and vision of doing it before the day comes, once you come out here you do it.”
Doe never broke out as a major receiver for the Badgers, catching 42 passes for 379 yards and one touchdown pass in 48 games. However, Doe made a dent in the running game (16 carries for 149 yards) and played on all four special teams units, the latter he feels is his best shot to make an NFL roster.
“I feel like I’m a special teams guru,” said Doe. “I think I might have been the only senior to start on all four of the special teams and start on offense. My mindset is if I’ve got to play special teams, that’s what I want to do. I want to start off on special teams, because I know I can contribute very, very well on special teams and work my way at receiver.”
Havenstein Lets it Ride
As expected, Gordon let his numbers at Indianapolis’ NFL Scouting Combine speak for itself, choosing to focus his intentions on individual workouts. Curiously, Havenstein followed suit despite so-so results, saying “his numbers were his numbers.”
“Everything I do, I tried to go out and do the best I could do (and) the best I could do was a certain number” said Havenstein, who did choose to do the bench press and did 20 reps at 225 (four more than he did at the combine). “With everything through this process, obviously it’s long and you have a lot of different numbers and tests that’s being thrown at you, everything you do you just have to go out and do the best to your ability.”
A projected fourth/fifth round pick, Havenstein - a first-team All-American as a senior – was coy on the feedback he has received from scouts and what advice former Wisconsin offensive linemen in the pros have given him, but said he’s approached this process in much the same way he did with his 54 career games with Wisconsin.
“It’s the same thing as college, you took it one day at a time,” said Havenstein. “I can’t be thinking about the draft when I was out here working out. Whether it’s a private workout or a workout on my own that day, I have to do that to the best of my ability and really get better on that day.”
Herring Puts Up Good Numbers
Herring admitted he didn’t get a chance to talk to any scouts in an individual setting following his pro day workout. He was confident, however, that the phone calls will start trickling in.
“I feel like I can play anywhere,” said Herring, who finished with 28 reps on the bench, 1.7 seconds on the 10-yard dash, 35 inch on the vertical and 9-8 on the broad jump. “I’ve played all across the defensive line. I feel very comfortable. That’s one thing teams can expect out of me is that effort wherever they put me.”
Herring missed five games last season after having knee surgery following the season opener, a fact that in part might have resulted in him not being invited to the NFL combine. Saying he was 100 percent healthy upon his return, Herring felt he put any injury fears to rest.
“It was really important to show I can move around, move my hips and get out and go,” said Herring. “It was very important.”
Pedersen on having experience last year in NFL training camp
”Definitely not as nervous as I was last year. I kind of know what to expect, what to do. You just have to stay calm. If you come in here all stressed out, you’re going to be tight and you’re not going to do well. If I get into camp here, I’ll know what the whole NFL experience is like … I just need one team to call my name, give me an opportunity to allow me to come in and show them I can be a football player who can help their team.”
Extra Points: Representatives from 28 NFL teams attended UW’s pro day, including Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson … Current NFL players Travis Frederick and James White, along with former NFL defensive back Jim Leonhard, were in attendance, as well as a majority of the UW coaching staff and a handful of current players. Head coach Paul Chryst was not present … Former linebacker Marcus Trotter and offensive lineman Kyle Costigan were there in support of their teammates. Both players are not pursuing football because of injuries.