Michigan, FSU, Notre Dame Pro Days

Draft-eligible players from Michigan, Florida State and Notre Dame have gone through the drills recently for NFL scouts, and their respective sites on the network have filed the times, measurements and analysis on the future NFL players.

MICHIGAN
WR Ronald Bellamy posted an average of 4.45 seconds for his 40s (4.42 was his fastest). He had a 35-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-11 long jump. He ran the short shuttle (20-yard) in 4.05 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.86 seconds.

SS Charles Drake averaged 4.40 for his 40s (4.38 was his fastest) and ran a 4.39 short shuttle (20-yard) and 7.11 in the three-cone drill. He had a 32-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-7 long jump.

FS Cato June ran a 4.60 but pulled up with a leg injury so he couldn't run again. He didn't do the vertical or long jump. He ran a 4.09 short shuttle (20-yard), a 7.14 in the three-cone drill, and benched 225 pounds 23 times.

RB B.J. Askew worked out with a broken left hand that was in a cast. He posted a 4.60 average (4.57 was his fastest) for his 40s, had a 35-inch vertical jump, and a 10-foot-1 long jump. He ran a 4.13 in the short shuttle (20-yard) and 6.84 in the three-cone drill.

SS Julius Curry ran once (4.57) then pulled up lame. He benched 225 pounds 31 times and had a 34-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-8 long jump.

LB Victor Hobson averaged 4.60 sec. for his 40s (4.58 was his fastest). He ran a 4.20 short shuttle (20-yard) and 7.09 on the three-cone drill.

TE Bennie Joppru averaged 4.78 for his 40s (4.74 was his fastest). He had a 30-inch vertical jump, a 9-foot-3 long jump, and was timed at 4.50 sec. in the short shuttle (20-yard) and 7.31 in the three-cone drill.

Three Michigan players were not at the combine.

OL Dave Petruziello averaged 5.32 for his 40s.

CB Brandon Williams averaged 4.4 in the 40 (4.37 was his fastest), 4.31 in the short shuttle and 7.18 in the three-cone drill. He had a 37-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot long jump.

DE Shantee Orr was timed at 4.8 and 4.6 in two 40 heats. He did an outstanding 4.0 shuttle, and a good 6.9 cone drill. He also did 28 reps of 225 pounds.

-- Tom Beaver / GoBlueWolverine.com



FLORIDA STATE
The highlight of the day was receiver Talman Gardner, who improved his combine time by more than one-tenth of a second, running a 4.32 at 209 pounds.

Anquan Boldin improved from what was a woeful performance in Indianapolis but was still slow, clocking a 4.58 in the 40.

Several offensive linemen from today and yesterday's Seminole roster showed well for scouts. Todd Williams moved his 342-pound frame to a 5.04 after completing 31repitiions on the bench, then extended to a 33-inch vertical jump. The other Williams, Brett, improved his combine time almost .2 seconds, clocking a 5.08 but only completed 24 reps at 225 pounds on the bench. Montrae Holland looked ordinary with a 5.17 in the 40, weighing 326 pounds. His vertical of 28 inches was also not impressive.

The surprise of the group may have been Otis Duhart. The former FSU guard was injured most of his senior campaign in 2001 and went undrafted in April 2002. Looking for a job, Duhart was impressive running a 5.17 and turning in 31 reps on the bench.

Another top performance was turned in by oft-injured defensive tackle Eric Powell. Originally set to graduate last April, Powell received a medical redshirt after missing the final 10 games of the 2001 season. The defensive tackle ran a 4.60 weighing 268 pounds, then turned in a 38-inch vertical jump.

Alonzo Jackson again was unimpressive. Known as a speed rusher, Jackson could only top a 4.75 in the 40 and completed just 15 reps on the bench, one more than his combine total.

Nick Maddox, OJ Jackson and Malcolm Tatum also preformed for scouts.

-- Tony Pauline / TFYDraftPreview.com



NOTRE DAME
Sean Mahan worked out at Indy and performed very well. Since he was very happy with his results (as were all the clubs expressing interest in him), he did not participate in any combine drills at ND's pro day (March 19). He DID work out with the other offensive linemen (including snapping and shotgun snapping), and all the feedback was positive. He measured 6-foot-3 1/4 and weighed a little over 302 pounds. He will be performing offensive line drills at the March 26 pro day at the request of a number of o-line coaches.

Arnaz Battle participated in the 40 and drastically improved his time from the combine ... he had a 4.43 best and 4.46 average, long jump (10-foot-1) and vertical jump (34-inch). He also caught the ball well in the receiver drills and fielded punts outside for several scouts/coaches and didn't drop a ball. He measured 6-foot-1 1/2 and 210 pounds.

Safety Ron Israel (street FA, ‘02 undrafted rookie w/ Washington Redskins) returned to campus and worked out extremely well. His 40 times averaged in the high 4.4s, he posted a 4.00 short shuttle, a 6.95 three-cone, 20 reps on the bench, a 10-foot-4 long jump and a 35-inch vertical. He measured 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds.

Jeff Faine also impressed, weighing in at 6-3, 298 and turning in a 4.9 time in the 40, 36-inch vertical jump, 10-foot long jump, 25 reps on the bench press, 4.28 short shuttle, and 7.16 cone drill.

All ND Pro Day drills take place on turf, including the 40-yard dash. Therefore, no time is added or deducted for comparison purposes to the national scouting combine in Indy.

-- Mike Frank / IrishEyes.com



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