Hurd among participants at UConn pro day

The University of Connecticut men’s basketball team is back in the Final Four, but that’s not the only big event on campus this month.

The school hosted its pro day on March 23, giving NFL hopefuls a chance to show their skills in front of representatives from 17 teams, including New York Jets linebacker coach Bob Sutton and Green Bay Packers director of player personnel John Dorsey. The well-organized event — the first run by new Huskies coach Paul Pasqualoni — was held indoors on FieldTurf.

Notable performances included:

OL Zack Hurd — Hurd (6-foot-7 1/8, 321 pounds) stood on his NFL Scouting Combine numbers except for the bench press. He recorded 17 strength lifts at 225 pounds. He also participated in positional workouts.

LB Greg Lloyd — Lloyd (6-1 5/8, 244) stood on his combine numbers and participated in a positional workout.

LB Scott Lutrus — Lutrus (6-2 1/2, 241) posted 17 strength lifts and stood on the rest of his combine numbers. He appears best-suited as an inside linebacker in a 4-3 defense in the pros.

FB Anthony Sherman — Sherman (5-10 3/4, 241) is an intriguing player, the rare fullback who also possesses good hands. Though players at his position don’t tend to go high on draft day, Sherman’s unique skills should lead to him coming off the board in the fourth or fifth round.

RB Jordan Todman — Todman (5-9 1/8, 202) is a niche back who would be a good fit in special situations. A likely third- or fourth-round pick, Todman stood on his combine numbers and went through a positional workout.

LB Lawrence Wilson — Wilson (6-0 3/4, 225) posted two 40 times of 4.68, a 9-6 broad jump, and 7.08 in the three-cone drill. A probable fourth-round draft choice, he will be an inside linebacker in a 4-3 defense.

LS Derek Chard — Chard (6-2 3/4, 243) is a likely free agent with strong deep-snapping skills. He posted two 40 times of 5.08, a 30-inch vertical, 8-8 broad jump, 4.39 short shuttle, and 7.60 in the three-cone drill, with 19 strength lifts.

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