University of Miami Pro-Day

Always a date to be circled on the calendar prior to April's draft, the Miami Hurricane pro-prospects performed in front of the likes of Dom Capers, Matt Millen and Steve Spurrier during their annual NFL timing Day today. Here is the complete story from Coral Gables.

Andre Johnson, who measured in at 6-2/224, was a big winner turning in a vertical jump of 41.5 inches and a 10-foot 9-inch broad jump. The big receiver was timed between 4.28-to-4.39 seconds in the forty depending on whose watch you read. He then ran well in the shuttle clocking a fast 4.06.

Most in attendance feel this performance sealed Johnson's status as a top 6 pick.

As earlier reported Andrew Williams had a strong performance completing 29 repetitions on the bench press and timing in the 4.55-4.60 second range. Jerome McDougle also ran well for the clock turning in times between 4.6-4.7 and solidified himself as a first round choice.

Several in attendance feel McDougle and Williams may project to linebacker (it should be noted both performed linebacker drills at the combine during the alternate skills segment). McDougle weighed in at 261 pounds and turned in a 35-inch vertical jump but a poor 20 repetitions on the bench. For his part Williams weighed 261 and had a 33 inch vertical.

Defensive end Jamaal Green was impressive. Measuring in at 6-2/267, Green ran in the mid 4.7-range, had a 36-inch vertical and impressive 10-0 broad jump. He also benched 225 pounds 27 times.

Defensive tackle William Joseph continued to struggle and fall down charts. Joseph ran poorly turning in 40 times in the 4.95-5.0 range at 303 pounds and completed only 29 repetitions on the bench, one less Matt Walters, who did 30. Walters had a fine time in the forty with a 4.8 clocking and surprised some weighing in at 273-pounds

Linebacker Howard Clark measured in at 6-0/231, ran 4.6 and had a vertical jumped of 36.5. Offensive guard Sherko Haji-Rasouli ran a 5.18 after measuring in at 6-5/309 but only benched 225 pounds 21 times.

Receiver Ethenic Sands was terribly disappointing and the 5-11/180 wide out ran in the mid-4.7's with a 30-inch vertical.

Tony Pauline
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