The Cleveland Browns could have an advantage on draft day, as they were the only NFL club that sent scouts to observe tight end Jameson Konz at Kent State’s pro day on March 11.
Konz, who did not participate in the NFL Scouting Combine, outjumped the best tight end in the field by three inches (10-feet, 8-inches) in the broad jump and leaped 2.5 inches higher than anyone at the combine in the vertical jump (46 inches) as well.
In addition to the broad and vertical jumps, Konz (6-3 1/2, 234) ran the 40-yard dash in 4.46, and 4.41-seconds, had a 4.25 short shuttle, and a 6.93 three-cone drill. All of those results would have made him a top performer among tight ends at the combine.
Eight other NFL hopefuls from Kent State worked out indoors on Tartan Turf, along with seven players from smaller area schools. Speedy wide receiver Derek McBryde showed some potential.
McBryde (5-10 7/8, 188) ran 4.38 (which would have been second at the combine among wideouts) and 4.43 in the 40, had a 35.5-inch vertical leap, 10-3 broad jump, 4.25 short shuttle, 6.76 three-cone drill and completed 11 repetitions in the bench press at 225 pounds.
– Gil Brandt