Catching up with the week’s pro days

NFL scouts and coaches observe workouts during the 2009 NFL Scouting Combine. (Ben Liebenberg/

NFL scouts and coaches observe workouts during the 2009 NFL Scouting Combine. (Ben Liebenberg/

Here’s a look at some pro days that took place last week.

Portland State

Players worked out at a velocity center in Hillsboro, Ore., and ran outdoors next door on a high school’s AstroTurf field.

Fifteen teams showed up to watch eight players work out. The two most notable players were LB Andy Schantz and CB Reginald Jones.

Shantz (6-0 3/4, 234 pounds) ran 4.71 and 4.75 seconds in the 40-yard dash, had a 34-inch vertical jump, a 9-foot, 8-inch broad jump, a 7.48-second three-cone drill and a 4.34-second short shuttle and did 19 bench-press repetitions.

Jones (5-11 3/4, 193 pounds) ran 4.49 and 4.43 in the 40, had a 40-inch vertical, a 10-foot, 7-inch broad jump, a 4.42 short shuttle and a 6.95 three-cone drill and did 13 bench-press reps.

Abilene Christian

Four players worked out indoors on AstroTurf at a local high school. Three receiver coaches, including Rams assistant Charlie Baggett, were present, and 15 teams attended.

WR Johnny Knox (5-11 3/4, 181 pounds) stood on his combine numbers for the workout drills, but he looked great catching the ball in position drills.

RB Bernard Scott (5-10 3/4, 195 pounds) did the long shuttle in 11.01 seconds and participated in position drills, but he kept everything else from the combine.


They couldn’t go outside because of bad weather, so 12 different players worked out indoors. The scouts described the day as awesome and credited Wildcats coach Rich Brooks.

The notable prospects were:

DL Myron Pryor (6-1, 313 pounds) stood on all his combine numbers, except he did 24 bench-press reps.

DB Marcus McClinton (6-0 1/8, 204) ran 4.50 and 4.49 in the 40, did no jumps, had a 4.30 short shuttle and a 6.79 three-cone drill and managed 18 bench-press lifts.

LB Johnny Williams (6-1 1/4, 236 pounds) ran 4.79 and 4.74 in the 40, had a 35-inch vertical, a 9-foot, 8-inch broad jump, a 4.49 short shuttle and a 7.39 three-cone drill and did 16 bench-press reps. He’s a clone of former teammate Wesley Woodyard, who went undrafted last year.

Brooks’ sleeper — DB David Jones (5-9 3/8, 194 pounds) — ran 4.45 and 4.50 in the 40, had a 35 1/2-inch vertical jump, a 4.42 short shuttle and a 7.11 three-cone drill and put up 14 bench-press reps.


Ten teams were on hand to watch eight players run indoors on AstroTurf.

The notable prospects were:

LB Mike Rivera (6-2, 245 pounds) ran 4.63 and 4.66 in the 40, had a 38 1/2-inch vertical, a 9-foot, 10-inch broad jump, a 4.08 short shuttle and a 6.67 three-cone drill and did 14 bench-press reps.

LB James Holt (6-1 7/8, 223 pounds) ran 4.72 and 4.73 in the 40, had a 32-inch vertical jump, a 9-foot, 5-inch broad jump, a 4.12 short shuttle and a 6.81 three-cone drill and did 17 bench-press reps.

LB Joe Mortensen (6-0 1/4, 240 pounds) ran 4.71, 4.72 and 4.69 in the 40, had a 32-inch vertical jump, a 9-foot, 4-inch broad jump, a 4.25 short shuttle and a 6.96 three-cone drill and did 23 bench-press reps.

Gil Brandt

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