Volunteers QB Crompton gets extra long look


After the top safety in the draft, Eric Berry (5-foot-11 3/8, 211 pounds), sprained his toe, went to the training room and never returned to the University of Tennessee’s pro day workout, all eyes turned to QB Jonathan Crompton.

Crompton (6-3 1/4, 222) didn’t disappoint. He looked good in a scripted QB workout that lasted about 45 minutes, throwing mostly to teammates Montario Hardesty and Jeff Cottam. Crompton ran 4.87 and 4.89 seconds in the 40-yard dash, had a 31-inch vertical leap, 8-foot, 10-inch broad jump, 4.39 short shuttle, and 7.02 three-cone drill.

Every NFL team was present in Knoxville, including Chiefs defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel, and three offensive line coaches from Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay and Detroit. They observed 14 Volunteers and these players stood out:

Hardesty (5-11 5/8, 226) did position drills before playing catch with Crompton.

Cottam (6-6 3/8, 262), brother of Chiefs TE Brad Cottam, ran 4.78 and 4.81 in the 40, had a 32-inch vertical leap, 9-foot, 5-inch broad jump, 4.44 short shuttle, 7.12 three-cone drill and completed 19 bench press reps.

Defensive lineman Dan Williams (6-1 7/8, 327) stood on his combine numbers and did position drills.

Offensive lineman Chris Scott (6-4 5/8, 320) did position drills.

Dennis Rogan (5-9 1/8, 186), a junior, ran 4.69, 4.59 and 4.70 in the 40. He ran three times because of the discrepancy in the first two runs. He had a 38.5-inch vertical leap, 10-3 broad jump, stood on his time for the short shuttle, had a 7.25 three-cone drill and did not stay for position drills.

— Gil Brandt

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