You know about Sam Bradford and Jimmy Clausen and Colt McCoy, but are you familiar with Northwestern’s Mike Kafka?
You might not be, but NFL coaches and scouts know who the All Big Ten second-team quarterback is, because he’s been impressive in pre-draft workouts. And that continued on March 20 at Northwestern’s pro day, where 10 players worked out in front of 24 team representatives and eight position coaches, including Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.
Kafka (6-foot-2 7/8, 222 pounds) ran 4.86 and 4.81 seconds in the 40-yard dash, had a 32 1/2-inch vertical jump, a 4.10-second short shuttle and a 6.81-second three-cone drill. Kafaka showed that he’s a mobile QB, moving around really well and throwing a picture-perfect pass. He was very accurate.
Two other players of note also worked out.
DE Corey Wootton (6-6, 272) ran 4.92 and 4.97 in the 40, had a 32-inch vertical jump, 9-foot broad jump, a 4.28 short shuttle, and a 7.00 three-cone drill. He stood on his bench press numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine.
CB Sherrick McManis (5-11, 192) did 15 bench press repetitions at 225 pounds, and that was it. He was unable to work out because of a pulled left quad that he suffered on March 22 during a personal workout for an NFL team.
— Gil Brandt