Penn State Pro Day Quick Hits
Yesterday, Nittany Lion football players that have professional aspirations showed off their wares to over 50 NFL scouts for Penn State’s Pro Day at Holuba Hall. A school-specific follow-up to the NFL Combine, Pro Day not only allows players to have a second chance to impress scouts, but includes players not invited to the Combine that still intend to play professional football. Here are some of the top stories:
After Aaron Maybin improved on his Combine 40-yard dash time by .25 seconds, his agent (and former PSU Wideout) Chafie Fields guaranteed that he will be taken in the top 10 of April’s draft. Also, apparently he’s a Wild Cherry Fan. [The Daily Collegian]
Deon Butler was officially timed at a 4.38 40-yard dash – good for fourth best at the Combine – but says he has been timed unofficially in the 4.2’s, and hopes that it could influence NFL War Rooms in April. [Nittany Lines]
Jordan Norwood weighed in 20 pounds heavier than his playing weight during the season (this is a good thing, given that scouts worry about his size), and is scheduled to work out with Deon Butler and Derrick Williams for the Eagles Friday. I have no doubt that Philadelphia drafting any of the three would bring great pleasure to birds fans. [Centre Daily Times]
Speaking of D-Will, he showed that his average numbers at the combine were merely a result of the flu. He wowed scouts with a sub 4.4 40 and four more repetitions (18 compared to 14) on the bench press. On top of that, he could work out for as many as nine NFL teams before the draft. [The Daily Collegian]
A.Q. Shipley also improved on his combine numbers, but is more likely to make an impression with his intelligence – he got a 40 on the Wonderlic Exam. That’s good for the top 1 percent of combine invitees. [Pittsburgh Live]
Maurice Evans put up better numbers than his lackluster effort at the Combine, but there is still widespread speculation that he made a mistake by leaving Happy Valley early. “I wish I could have stayed at Penn State,” the DE said. Uh, did someone force you to leave? [The Daily Collegian]
The less-publicized players that weren’t mentioned above but participated are OT Gerald Cadogan, OG Rich Ohrnberger, DE Josh Gaines, OLB Tyrell Sales, CB Lydell Sargeant, and K Kevin Kelly. Both S Anthony Scirotto and OL Mike Lucian suffered leg injuries that curtailed workouts.
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