Pro Day 3/9: Florida-Wisconsin-Oklahoma

It was a busy day for scouts around the nation as Wisconsin, Florida, Oklahoma, BYU and UNLV all took part in pro days. Here are the initial reports from Check back for further updates. Major Wisconsin Update! UPDATED: 3/9

Wisconsin Pro Day: Jonathan Linder/Badger Nation

Matt Bernstein, fullback – Took part in a full workout after missing most of his senior season while suffering from osteitis pubis, an inflammation of the muscles at or near the pubic symphysis, which is the point at which the right and left pubic bones meet. Bernstein, who weighed in at a relatively lithe (for him) 259 pounds, posted 25 reps at 225 pounds on the bench press (tied for the highest at UW's pro day Wednesday), 33 ½ inches on the vertical jump, a 4.8-second 40-yard dash, a 4.34-second 20-yard shuttle and a 7.27-second 3-cone drill. more on Bernstein Audio 1/Audio 2

Brian Calhoun, tailback – Took part in most events, and improved dramatically from his performance at the NFL Scouting Combine… Wednesday results included: a 4.38-second 40-yard dash, 38-inch vertical jump, 6.78-second 3-cone drill and a 4.0-second 20-yard shuttle… weighed in at 204 pounds… Took part in pass-catching drills and caught mock punts and acquitted himself well.

Owen Daniels, tight end – Did not take part in running, jumping or lifting tests after performing well at the combine, but ran routes and caught passes for the scouts. Looked better than he did during his senior season, when he was hampered by injury. Audio Interview

Kory Lothe, defensive end, Eastern Illinois – Sun Prairie, Wis., native did very well, with the third-highest bench press total (22 reps) and the third-best vertical jump (38.5 inches). Weighing in at 268 pounds, Lothe also ran the 40 in 4.68 seconds, broad jumped 10-3, vertical jumped 38 ½ inches, and completed the 20-yard shuttle in 4.29 seconds.

Jonathan Orr, wide receiver – Ran the fastest 40-yard dash time Wednesday, covering the distance in a mere 4.25 seconds. Also tied for the best vertical jump at 39 inches.

Jason Palermo, guard/center – Did 18 reps on the bench press and had a 29-inch vertical jump.

Jason Pociask, tight end – 36-inch vertical jump, 4.73-second 40-yard dash, 4.24-second 20-yard shuttle, 12-second 60-yard shuttle, 36-inch vertical jump…weighed in at 264 pounds… Started slow in the pass receiving drills, but toward the end was doing as well as any receiver, running back or tight end in attendance…. He has individual workouts scheduled with the New England Patriots for March 14 and with the Dallas Cowboys for March 20. Will also set one up with the Atlanta Falcons. Audio Interview

Donovan Raiola, center – 25 reps on the bench press. Did not take part in running or jumping tests, but did participate in positional drill work.

Levonne Rowan, cornerback – Pulled his hamstring while running a 4.28 40-yard dash and did not participate in the rest of the drills.

Dontez Sanders, linebacker – 33 ½ inch vertical jump… six reps on the bench press.

LaMarr Watkins, linebacker – Had a 30 ½ inch vertical jump and did 16 reps on the bench press.

Brandon White, wide receiver – Took part in every drill… 14 reps on the bench press, 35-inch vertical jump.

Brandon Williams, wide receiver – Ran well, as he did at the NFL Combine. Williams ran a 4.4 40-yard dash Wednesday and had a 39-inch vertical jump.


  • Former University of Wisconsin offensive line coach Jim Hueber, now with the Minnesota Vikings, attended pro day, and ran the positional drill for his former pupils, Raiola and Palermo.
  • Also in attendance was Jeff Horton. Like Hueber, Horton was a long-time member of the Badger coaching staff under former head coach Barry Alvarez. Formerly UW's quarterbacks coach, Horton is now a special assistant for the offense with the St. Louis Rams.
  • Two representatives from the Cardinals spent about 10 minutes talking to Brian Calhoun after his workout was complete.

Calhoun Audio from pro day: Audio file 1 (1:41)/Audio file 2 (5:52)

Florida Pro-Day: Franz Beard/

Receiver Chad Jackson and defensive end Jeremy Mincey were among the 12 former Florida Gators working out for scouts from approximately 25 NFL teams at The Swamp. Players were measured and weighed, checked out in the weight room for strength and endurance, and then taken out on the field where they were timed in the 40, run through some agility drills and finally given a chance to do some individual work for the scouts.

Jackson didn't run the 40 Wednesday but he didn't need to. He's already turned in blazing fast times at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis a couple of weeks ago, workouts that pretty much sealed him in as a first rounder. Basically he was there to look good and to run a few routes while C.J. Leak threw him some passes. When it comes to Jackson, the scouts were here in Gainesville to talk to Florida's coaches, check out some more film on him and to further handle some due diligence to check for any personal issues or history with law enforcement.

Mincey, a 6-3, 260-pound defensive end, had good workouts in Indianapolis but his 40 times Wednesday probably elevated his draft status to perhaps as high as third or fourth round. One watch had Mincey at 4.67 on his first 40 and 4.53 on the other. Most of the scouts had Mincey in the 4.65-4.68 range on the first run while there was greater discrepancy on the second.

Mincey is being projected by some teams as an outside guy in a 3-4 setup that will allow him to both rush the passer and drop off into coverage in a zone.

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The fastest unofficial 40 time of the day was turned in by Dee Webb, who turned in a 4.38 on his first run and 4.31 on his second. Other unofficial times included Jarvis Herring (4.69 and 4.62), Vernell Brown (4.47 and 4.51), Lance Butler (5.29 and 5.27), Mike Degory (5.45 and 5.29), Randy Hand (5.27 and 5.23), Tavares Washington (5.22 and 5.10), Todd McCullough (4.99 and 4.91), Markell Thompson (4.90), Zephrine Augustine (4.59) and Tre Orr (4.63).

The 40 times were all hand held Wednesday so there was discrepancy. Some watches had Randy Hand as low as 4.97.

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Oklahoma Pro Day:

Most of the top Sooners took part in today's workout, though some relied on combine results. Two players not invited to the combine, fullback J.D. Runnels and defensive back Eric Bassey, looked especially good. Here's a look at some of the participants.

Eric Bassey/DB (5-11.5/195): 37.5/vert, 9-8/broad, 4.41/4.33-forty, 3.92 20 shuttle, 7.07 3-cone, 17-reps/bench

Chris Bush/OL (6-3/305): 26.5/vert,  8-4/broad, 5.33/5.38-forty, 4.87/4.81 20 shuttle, 8.14 3-cone, 18-reps/bench

Dusty Dvoracek/DT (6-2/306): 9-6/broad, 4.81/4.81-forty, 4.51/4.47 20 shuttle, 7.59 3-cone,

Kejuan Jones/RB (5-7/185): 33/vert, 9-4 broad, 4.59/4.61-forty, 4.24/4.15 20 shuttle, 7.44 3-cone, 14-reps/bench

Davin Joseph/G (6-2/305): 4.73/4.73 20 shuttle, 7.75 3-cone,

James Moses/TE (6-2/244): 32/vert, 4.58/4.36 20 shuttle, 22-reps/bench

Chijoke Onyenegecha/CB (6-1/212): 36.5/vert, 10-2 broad, 4.46/4.48-forty, 4.34 20 shuttle, 7.23 3-cone,

Jejaun Rankins/WR (5-9/181): 35.5 vert, 4.50/4.43 20 shuttle, 7.36 3-cone,

J.D. Runnels/FB (5-11/238): 35/vert, 10-0 broad, 4.54/4.54-forty, 4.25/4.30 20 shuttle,  7.00 3-cone, 28-reps/bench

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