The University of Massachusetts held its annual pro day on March 26 outdoors on FieldTurf, with representatives from eight NFL teams in attendance to watch eight former Minutemen, as well as players from five area schools.
Two former UMass players to watch are OL Ben Coblyn (6-6 1/2, 304 pounds) and DB Sean Smalls (6-0 1/8, 197 pounds). Coblyn ran times of 4.96 and 5.03 seconds in the 40-yard dash and had a 31-inch vertical leap and an 8-foot, 11-inch broad jump. He had a 4.68 time in the short shuttle and a 7.46 time in the three-cone drill, and he did 21 repetitions on the bench press at 225 pounds. His arms measured 35 7/8 inches.
Smalls wasn’t feeling well at the pro day and didn’t want to run, but he eventually was talked into it. He will run again when he feels better, but no date has been set. He had a 4.78 time in his only attempt in the 40, and he also had a 33-inch vertical and a 9-foot, 11-inch broad jump. He had times of 4.18 in the short shuttle and 6.77 in the three-cone drill, and he did 13 reps on the bench press.
Iowa State’s pro day was held on March 25, with representatives from eight NFL teams in attendance to watch 11 players perform indoors on FieldTurf. OL Doug Dedrick (6-3 3/4, 301 pounds) was one player who stood out. He had times of 5.06 and 5.10 in the 40, and he had a 40 1/2-inch vertical and an 8-foot, 8-inch broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.63 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.77 seconds, and he added 21 reps on the bench press.
Akron held its pro day on March 25, with 11 players working out indoors on FieldTurf for representatives from two NFL teams. One player who stood out was OL Chris Kemme (6-6, 306), who ran the 40 in 5.18 and 5.19 seconds and had a 29-inch vertical and a 9-foot broad jump. He had a 4.59 short shuttle and a 7.63 three-cone drill, and he did 25 reps on the bench press.
Towson’s pro day was held on March 10 , with six players performing outdoors on FieldTurf for representatives from six NFL teams. It was 45 degrees outside with a 5-mph wind during the workout. WR Tommy Breaux (6-6 7/8, 199 pounds) ran the 40 in 4.51 and 4.57 seconds and had a 35 1/2-inch vertical and an 11-foot, 5-inch broad jump. He had a 4.38 short shuttle and a 7.16 three-cone drill, and his arms measured 36 1/2 inches.
– Gil Brandt