Orr pleased with pro day

UW wide receiver timed well Wednesday, is eager for football workouts after "one big track meet"

MADISON—Jonathan Orr is fast, very fast. This is not exactly earth shattering news, nor has it ever been in doubt since he first began running pass patterns for the University of Wisconsin as a redshirt freshman in the fall of 2002.

How fast Orr is on a stopwatch is up to some level of interpretation. After the Badgers' pro-timing day Wednesday afternoon, it was reported that Orr ran an astounding 4.25-second 40-yard dash. That news was a surprise to Orr, he said in a telephone interview Friday.

"I heard that but I think it was more like 4.34," he said. "I don't know where that came from."

"I heard 4.34, 4.37, 4.25," Orr added. "I guess I don't really know what the NFL walked away with."

Whatever number each of the myriad stopwatches recorded Wednesday, it is safe to say that Orr can keep his reputation for speed. Any time less than 4.4 seconds is exceptionally fast. Orr's goal was to crack 4.35.

"I believe I did that," he said.

Two weeks ago at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Orr ran a 4.44 and a 4.46. At 6-foot-2, 198 pounds, Orr has a nice combination of size and speed that will likely intrigue NFL teams. In four seasons at UW, he caught 19 touchdown passes and had 1,824 receiving yards. Last season he caught 40 passes for 688 yards (a 17.2 yards-per-catch average) and a team-best eight touchdowns. Scout.com currently ranks him as the No. 15 wide receiver prospect for the April draft.

Orr performed well in the runs and jumps at pro day Wednesday.

"I thought it was a real productive afternoon," he said, "and the stuff I wanted to improve on from the combine, I feel like I did."

Orr said he completed the 3-cone drill in 7.01 seconds and the 60-yard shuttle in 11.49. He broad jumped 10-foot-3 and had a 39-inch vertical jump.

"It's been crazy, in a good way though," Orr said of his experiences at the combine and pro day. "Times like this only come by once in a lifetime. You've got to seize the moment. It's something I've been looking forward to for a long time. A lot of hard work, though, and concentration."

It also takes a much different style of workout regimen than the one Orr is accustomed to. Training for NFL scouting workouts is a matter of event training, as opposed to preparing for what takes place in an actual football game.

With pro day in the past, Orr has taken a few days off and will get back to working out with UW strength and conditioning coach John Dettmann on Monday.

"And I'll get in football shape instead of track shape," Orr said. "Because the last couple months was kind of getting ready for a like one big track meet.

"Now we get to concentrate on strength and power and endurance, like in a football season."

Orr does not have any individual workouts scheduled, but between the combine and his week at the East-West Shrine Bowl all-star game in January, Orr figures he has spoken with representatives from nearly every NFL team. About eight teams, including the Washington Redskins, Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans, Denver Broncos and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, had him take part in a complete interview.

In addition to preparing for the NFL Draft, Orr is taking one class this semester. He will graduate in May.

In late April, however, Orr will be home in Detroit, spending time with family and friends and waiting to receive word that he has been drafted.

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