While the biggest buzz around the city of Madison is the Wisconsin-Illinois battle at the Kohl Center this evening, another very important event occurred down the road this afternoon.
The Badgers held their annual Pro Day, giving scouts and coaches an opportunity to test players with NFL hopes.
The following former Badgers participated in the event:
The juniors that participated (players can only run the 40) included:
Twenty-Three NFL Teams were represented:
Green Bay Packers
New York Giants
St. Louis Rams
New England Patriots
New York Jets
New Orleans Saints
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jake Sprague, who suffered a knee injury prior to the Alamo Bowl and tweaked his hamstring a few weeks ago, only participated in the bench press. He recorded 30 repetitions, tied for the team high with Russ Kuhns.
Sprague will participate in all the drills in a second Pro Day, to be held around the first week of April. Most of the other NFL hopefuls will participate in selected drills during the second opportunity as well.
Here are the UNOFFICIAL 40-times, according to players, coaches and scouts following the event. The following numbers are the BEST reported numbers heard by Badger Nation:
Russ Kuhns - 4.65
Chad Kuhns - 4.56
Jason Jowers - 5.34
Jesse Mayfield - (no time reported to Badger Nation)
Ryan Simmons - 4.54
Tarek Saleh - 4.70
B.J. Tucker - 4.29
Erik Bickerstaff - 4.47
Brooks Bollinger - 4.75
Al Johnson - 4.98
Ben Johnson - 5.35
Ryan Aiello - 4.71
Kyle McCorison - 4.66
Jeff Mack - 4.73
Alex Lewis - 4.61
Erasmus James - 4.79
Here are the OFFICIAL Bench Press totals for each player. Each player performed their maximum number of repetitions at 225 pounds:
Jesse Mayfield - 17
Jason Jowers - 10
Al Johnson - 18
Jake Sprague - 30
Erik Bickerstaff - 18
Ryan Simmons - 13
Tarek Saleh - 22
Chad Kuhns - 27
Russ Kuhns - 30
- Brooks Bollinger looked very sharp throwing the football. He said he felt more comfortable being in his home environment and having already gone through the drills at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. His draft stock is still looking very strong.
- Al Johnson feels he will be drafted late in the first round or early in the second round. He would like to be the first center drafted, and feels his ability to play guard in addition to center could make the difference in where he is selected. He was interviewed by 13 different teams in Indianapolis, the majority of which draft very late in the first round or with the first handful of picks in the second round.
- Erik Bickerstaff turned a lot of heads, turning in the top vertical leap of the day, while running a solid 40-time and looking athletic during the drills. Many scouts were asking around about who he was and what his story was.
- B.J. Tucker might have pushed himself into first day status with his sub-4.3 40-time. Tucker said he will run again when the teams return in April, and he is willing to do any drills, any time, for any team that asks.
- Ryan Simmons also showed a lot of athleticism, particularly in the jumping events (his standing broad jump was a 10-5 1/2, just a half-inch worse than Tucker's team best 10-6) and was in phenomenal shape.
- Scouts appeared to be impressed with the speed and athleticism of Chad and Russ Kuhns, and Russ Kuhns' 30 reps on the bench will also turn some heads.
- Ben Johnson, who did not compete in the bench press, was satisfied with his pro agility drill and his three-cone drill performance, but was disappointed in his overall performance. He did not run or jump well, but felt it wouldn't affect his status, particularly because of he fact he performed well in the individual offensive line drills. He said the word he's hearing right now is third or fourth round.
Flash Report: UW Pro Day
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