Historically, players that run on FieldTurf post slightly faster times than those that work out on grass. Miami (Fla.) is the exception, however.
The Hurricanes run on extremely short grass and there just isn’t much of a difference between their times and those of players that run on artificial surfaces. Keep that in mind when checking out some of the impressive results from Miami’s pro day.
Twenty NFL teams were represented at the pro day that happened on March 26, and had some rainfall near the end. Ravens tight end coach Wade Harman ran the tight end position drills.
Here is a look at the most noteworthy prospects:
RB Javarris James (6-foot 1/4, 215 pounds) ran a 4.59 and 4.63 in the 40-yard dash, had a 4.24-second short shuttle, a 7.07-second three-cone drill and stood on his vertical jump, broad jump and bench press numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine.
TE Dedrick Epps (6-3 5/8, 246) ran 4.75 and 4.70 in the 40, had a 33-inch vertical jump, a 9-foot, 2-inch broad jump, a 4.42 short shuttle, a 7.31 three-cone drill and did not do the bench press.
OT Jason Fox (6-6 3/4, 305) ran a 5.45 in his first 40, but pulled his left hamstring in his second one. That ailment kept him from doing the short shuttle or three-cone drill. He did have a 29 1/2-inch vertical jump, an 8-5 broad jump, and 25 bench press repetitions at 225 pounds.
TE Jimmy Graham (6-6 3/8, 262) had a 4.39 short shuttle and did 15 bench press reps. He kept the rest of his numbers from the combine.
LB Darryl Sharpton (5-11 3/4, 230) ran 4.74 and 4.76 in the 40, had a 31-inch vertical jump, a 10-1 broad jump, a 4.24 short shuttle, a 7.07 three-cone drill and did 26 bench press reps.
CB Sam Shields worked his way into draft consideration with an incredible workout. He ran the 40 in 4.30 and 4.33, had a 39-inch vertical jump, an 11-1 broad jump, a 4.19 short shuttle, a 6.79 three-cone drill and did 15 bench press reps.
– Gil Brandt