Pro Day: UT & SU

It was Pro-Day at several universities today including Texas and Syracuse where a pair of prospects looked to solidify or improve their rankings and where one Longhorn came out of nowhere to surprise scouts.

The most impressive performance of the day in Austin, Texas was that of Marcus Wilkins.  Marcus who? 


Wilkins, a little used linebacker who totaled only 17 tackles with 4 for loss last year, had the days' best vertical and broad jumps (42.5 inches and 11.1 feet) then ran a 4.4-40.


Another Horn that impressed was defensive lineman Maurice Gordon who recorded an impressive 35.5 vertical jump and then ran a 4.6- 40 despite pulling up with a bad hamstring towards the end of the run.  At 6-1, 252-pounds and basically a lineman with no real position, several we talked with feel he will be given a try at fullback thanks to his athletic workout.


As far as the two everyone was waiting for Quentin Jammer did not disappoint and solidified his status with an impressive performance, bettering his results from the combine in both the vertical and broad jumps (registering 37.5 inches and 11 feet respectively) before scorching to a time of 4.38 in the forty.  


One scout we spoke with that hoped Jammer would fall out of the top five believes it will not happen after today's workout and also stated Jammer did well afterwards in the all-important drills.  


Mike Williams, who did not workout at the combine, again measured in at 6-5/375 pounds. After recording a 32-inch vertical he injured himself and was ineffective the rest of the day.


D.D. Lewis clocked 4.55 in the 40, almost a two-tenths improvement from his combine time.


Another who reportedly looked good was running back Hodges Mitchell, the former Longhorn that missed last season after badly tearing his knee-up as a senior in the 2000 Holiday Bowl.


Several more impressive performances were turned in at Syracuse University where the sixteen different teams went to scout the Orangemen eligible for the draft.  


Dwight Freeney, who did not run at the combine, turned in a forty-time in the low 4.4 area and was the star of the show.


Another that drew applause from scouts was fullback Kyle Johnson who clocked a 4.55. 


One of the best performances of the session was turned in by linebacker/special teams player JR Johnson who ran his forty under 4.4 (4.39 were were told).  Corner/safety Willie Ford who did not run badly at the combine was faster here, turning out a 4.49.


The biggest disappointment of the day, and a player that continues his downward spiral on team's draft boards, was PJ Alexander.  After a bad week at the Senior Bowl and less then impressive performances at the combine, Alexander clocked an unbelievably slow 5.34 on what is suppose to be a fast surface (or then again, maybe a short track!). 


Syracuse does have another pro-day on April 2.




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