There’s the way Cam Newton did it, and then there’s Adam Weber‘s way.
While Newton had his own “media workout” in San Diego before showcasing his talents at the combine and Auburn’s pro day — the latter of which drew a crowd in excess of 200 media types and NFL team evaluators — Weber’s workout last Tuesday was a little more under the radar.
But he made sure he got noticed. The former University of Minnesota quarterback came up with a script of 60 throws on his own and threw for scouts and coaches representing 15 NFL teams. He threw to his Gopher teammates, then threw another 25 passes to small-school prospects who had gathered at Minnesota’s pro day.
Talk about going above and beyond — 85 passes, 60 of which he scripted without the help of a quarterbacks coach. It shows you how bad he wants it. That’s a kid I’d take a chance on.
We’ll see if it pays off for Weber, the son of Bob Weber, a former cornerback who played on Tony Dungy‘s Gopher teams in the mid-70s. Even though Adam wasn’t invited to the combine, I could see him getting drafted now.
Weber, who started 50 games for Minnesota, was measured at 6-foot-1 and weighed 209 pounds. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.71 seconds, had a 39-inch vertical, a 9-5 broad jump, ran the short shuttle in 4.45 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.37 seconds. He did not bench.
The 10 Minnesota players and the 29 area small-school prospects worked out indoors on FieldTurf. While Weber was the best player there, there was at least one other prospect worth noting.
Fullback John Hoese (6-2, 238) will likely be picked up as an undrafted free agent. He ran the 40 in 4.78 seconds, the short shuttle in 4.16 seconds, the three-cone drill in 7.05 seconds, had a 35 1/2-inch vertical jump, a 9-11 broad jump and benched pressed 225 pounds 25 times.
Other pro day notes:
Fort Valley State wideout Ricardo Lockette got the message that teams prize players with speed and strength. After his sizzling 4.37 40-yard time at the combine, tied for best among wideouts, Lockette (6-2, 207) recorded 22 reps on the bench press during the school’s pro day Thursday. With 15 NFL teams in attendance — more than half represented by receivers coaches — Lockette showed some of the flash and athleticism that helped him progress from junior college onto Fort Valley State after originally signing with Auburn but failing to qualify for a scholarship.
Lockette’s day was tempered when he rolled his ankle during drills on a slow, poor field. That aside, teams are buzzing. Lockette is set to work out with Tampa Bay, Jacksonville and New England in the coming weeks.
In addition to Lockette, nine players from Fort Valley State and three others from small schools worked out. Some performances of note:
DB Donte Dinkins (6 7/8, 195) ran a 4.57 40-yard dash on the slow field with a 33-inch vertical, 9-10 broad jump, 4.30 short shuttle and 7.15 showing in three-cone drill. He participated in the field workout but bypassed the bench press due to a strained pectoral muscle.
DB Darnell Burks (5-10 1/4, 178) used his pro day to test in the full suite of drills, running a 4.59 in the 40 (again, on a slow track), clocking a 36-inch vertical, 9-foot broad jump, and 4.44 short shuttle, with a three-cone drill time of 7.13. Burks also registered 13 reps in the bench press.