Norfolk St., Temple, North Dakota St. hold pro days

The Norfolk State Pro Day was held on March 20 with representatives from 15 NFL teams in attendance, including Dolphins defensive backs coach Todd Bowles, who arrived one day early and met with CB Don Carey (5-11 3/8, 192 pounds). Bowles then ran the pro-day drills the following day.

Carey obviously was the main attraction, and he showed off a 32 1/2-inch vertical leap and a 10-foot, 2-inch broad jump. He had a 4.20-second short shuttle and a 6.87-second three-cone drill, but he didn’t participate in the bench press and stood on his 40-yard dash times from the combine.

The pro day was held outdoors on grass in soggy conditions with strong cross winds, and five players worked out.

Temple

Temple held its pro day on March 19 in a light to moderate rain and in 10- to 15-mph winds. Those aren’t ideal conditions for an outdoor event on FieldTurf, but still, representatives from 10 NFL teams were in attendance to watch a total of 37 players work out — 14 from Temple and 23 more from small schools in the area, including Clarion, Bucknell, Duquesne and East Stroudsburg). Defensive line coaches from the Bengals (Jay Hayes), Browns (Bryan Cox), Buccaneers and Broncos were on hand.

Most eyes were on DT Terrance Knighton (6-3 1/4, 317 pounds), who had 40 times of 4.93 and 5.06, a 29-inch vertical and an 8-foot, 9-inch broad jump. He also had a 4.64 short shuttle, a 7.22 three-cone drill and 21 repetitions on the bench press.

North Dakota State

On March 24, North Dakota State held its pro day for representatives from 12 NFL teams. RB Tyler Roehl (5-9 3/4, 233 pounds), TE Jerimiah Wurzbacher (6-5 1/8, 247 pounds) and S Nick Schommer (6-0, 201 pounds) were the most impressive participants of the day.

Roehl turned in times of 4.53 and 4.55 seconds in the 40-yard dash, a 30-inch vertical and an 8-foot, 10-inch broad jump. He had a 4.20 short shuttle and a 7.28 three-cone drill, and he did 30 reps on the bench press.

Wurzbacher had times of 4.81 and 4.82 in the 40, a 33-inch vertical and a 9-foot, 3-inch broad jump. He had a 4.53 short shuttle and a 7.21 three-cone drill, and he did 17 reps on the bench.

Schommer ran the 40 in 4.61 and 4.58, and he had a 34 1/2-inch vertical and a 9-foot, 10-inch broad jump. He had a 4.31 short shuttle and a 6.75 three-cone drill, and he did 11 reps on the bench.

Gil Brandt

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