Eastern Michigan held its pro day workout on March 15 outdoors on FieldTurf. But Mother Nature didn’t cooperate, forcing 14 NFL hopefuls (10 current players, four graduates) to perform in temperatures hovering around 50 degrees with winds gusting at 15 miles per hour. In fact, each player ran one 40-yard dash against the wind, while the second run was completed with the wind.
Representatives from 10 teams were present, including a defensive backs coach from the Bengals, who conducted some position drills. Two players from Eastern Michigan’s secondary stood out:
Defensive back Johnny Sears (5-foot-11 3/4, 184 pounds) ran 4.72 seconds against the wind in the 40 and 4.62 with the wind. He had a 35.5-inch vertical leap, 10-1 broad jump, 4.38 short shuttle, 6.65 three-cone drill, and 11 bench press repetitions at 225 pounds.
Safety Chris May (5-9 7/8, 195) ran 4.73-seconds against the wind in the 40 and 4.57 with the wind. He had a 34-inch vertical leap, 9-2 broad jump, 4-10 short shuttle, 6.55 three-cone drill, and 14 bench press reps.
– Gil Brandt