Iowa Pro Day Results

NFL player personnel converged on Iowa City Monday to get an up close and personal look at what the Hawkeyes had to offer. HN.com also was in the bubble looking on as players like Robert Gallery, Bob Sanders and Fred Russell hoped to show the scouts what they wanted to see.

The Iowa Football Program allowed us to attend this workout provided we did not ask questions of the players or coaches - NFL or Hawkeye. These are very intense drills. It is a very slim window for these players to impress the scouts, about 2 hours. They do not need us breaking things up with interviews. That said, here are some observations:

*Erik Jensen, Bashir Yamini also worked out for scouts.

*I did get to see the offensive linemen run through drills by coaches from the Jerry Montgomery, who played O-line in the arena league last season, in the testing. It did not take long to see why Gallery is a top prospect. The difference in foot speed, strength and agility between he and the other guys is amazing. He also lifted. When he returned to the bubble somebody asked him how bench reps he did, he said 30 with conviction in obvious reference to being slighted at the combine. Gallery did not run the 40 again.

*We also got to see the majority of the defensive back/linebacker drills. Terrell Suggs type. I'm not saying he's Terrell Suggs. I'm saying that type.

Tom Coughlin and the New York brass is in Iowa City to meet with Gallery. Jacksonville and special teams coaches from two other franchises will be in town next Monday to work out Kaeding.

*We were told that 25 NFL teams were represented here on Monday. As best we could tell, Chicago (go figure) and the Giants were the obvious absentees.

*Schottenheimer made it a point to go over and introduce himself to Sanders. They chatted for about 5 minutes before shaking hands and saying goodbye.

*Many of the returning Iowa players attended the workout, most likely to get a look at what their futures held. Among those that showed up were Antwan Allen and Jason Manson. Lewis appeared to get into his workout gear in preparation for letting the reps get a look at him. But like I said, I did not see the offensive backs and receivers do drills. Many times, scouts will ask to get a look at some of the juniors to help with their draft boards for the following year.

*Colin Cole and Fred Barr also attended the event. Barr did not work out with the linebackers, and Cole didn't appear ready to show himself off either. I also missed the defensive linemen working out. Jared Clauss actually was the on D-lineman there with Hodges working out at linebacker. Howard might also have done line drills later as I was at Carver listening to the basketball coach.

*That's all I wrote down. It's kind of a crazy event with a lot of things going on at once. Most of the Iowa coaches also were in attendance. Coach Ferentz hob-knobbed for a bit before hitting the bricks. If anything else pops into my head, I will post the info. Thanks for reading.

*Iowa will play host to another Pro Day later this month, but many of the guys that participated today will sit that one out.


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