Spotlight goes on pair of Purdue defenders

Mike Neal (left) and David Pender both worked out for scouts at Purdue's Pro Day. (Associated Press)

A pair of Purdue defenders got special attention at the Boilermakers’ pro day on March 12. DT Mike Neal was worked out by Browns defensive line coach Bryan Cox, and DB David Pender ran drills with a Seahawks defensive assistant.

Neal chose to stay on his workout numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine and just did position drills, while Pender stood on many of his combine numbers, but did the short shuttle in 4.28 seconds, had a 7.08-second three-cone drill and did 12 bench press repetitions at 225 pounds.

One player who helped himself at Purdue’s pro day was quarterback Joey Elliott (6-foot-2 3/8, 215 pounds). He is unlikely to get drafted, but could be the source of significant interest as a rookie free agent. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.72 and 4.79 seconds, had a 29-inch vertical jump, a 9-foot broad jump, a 4.31 short shuttle and a 7.12 three-cone drill.

Gil Brandt

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