One of the benefits of pro day is that it allows an unheralded prospect to get on the map with an outstanding workout. That is precisely what took place at Wisconsin’s pro day on Thursday.
DB Chris Maragos (5-foot-10 1/2, 200 pounds) performed so well that he may just find himself getting drafted in the late rounds come April. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.50 and 4.47 seconds, had a 36-inch vertical jump, a 10-foot broad jump and did 15 repetitions in the bench press at 225 pounds.
Where Maragos really made his mark was in the agility drills. Quickness is a vital attribute for defensive backs, and Maragos showed he has what it takes athletically. His 6.55-second three-cone drill and 3.98-second short shuttle would have been the best times at the NFL Scouting Combine for any position. He also did position drills.
As for the rest of Wisconsin’s prospects, which worked out indoors on FieldTurf in front of representatives for eight teams, here are the notable players:
DE/LB O’Brien Schofield, who injured his knee during Senior Bowl practices, still can’t work out.
TE Garrett Graham (6-3 246) did position drills, and caught the ball well. He stood on his combine workout numbers.
DB Aubrey Pleasant (5-10, 201), who was suspended from the team last season, worked out at Northwestern. He ran the 40 in 4.65 and 4.62 seconds, had a 37 1/2-inch vertical jump, a 10-foot, 5-inch broad jump, a 4.34 short shuttle, a 7.08 three-cone drill and 17 bench press reps. He also did position drills.
– Gil Brandt