Unheralded TE gets chance to shine at Cincy’s pro day

There were three Cincinnati Bearcats at the recent NFL Scouting Combine, but when the school hosted its pro day on Friday an unheralded tight end with little playing experience might have raised the most eyebrows.

Adrien Robinson (6-foot-4, 264 pounds) was not invited to the combine, so the tight end had to prove his NFL worth at Cincinnati’s pro day. Robinson — a first-year starter in 2011 — worked out impressively in the position drills. In workouts, Robinson clocked 4.56 and 4.55-second 40-yard dash times. In the jumps, Robinson excelled, going for 39.5 inches in the vertical jump and an 11-foot, 3-inch broad jump (each would have been tops among tight ends at the combine). Robinson ran 4.40 in the short shuttle and a 7.01-second cone drill, and did 15 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.

The 2012 NFL Draft class isn’t particularly strong at the tight end position, which means Robinson is a prospect to follow in the weeks leading up to the event.

Isaiah Pead, RB (5-10 1/4, 198) — Pead, the MVP of this year’s Senior Bowl, stood by his combine numbers in the 40 (4.47). At the pro day, Pead ran a 4.28-second short shuttle and a 6.87 in the 3-cone drill, and went through position drills conducted by assistant coaches from the Cincinnati Bengals.

Derek Wolfe, DT (6-5 1/8, 280) — Weighed less at his pro day than he did at the combine (280 vs. 295). Wolfe didn’t run, but he did do position drills.

John Hughes, DT —  Hughes did not go through drills due to a hamstring injury, but did do 29 reps on the bench press.

Jerome Schaffer, LB (6-0 1/4, 237) — Couldn’t run due to a hamstring injury, but did do a 35 1/2-inch vertical jump and 9-11 broad jump.

Pead, Wolfe and Hughes each were invited to the combine.

Cincinnati’s pro day was witnessed by 22 teams and was executed under a bubble (due to weather) on a FieldTurf playing surface.

Take a look at the full 2012 pro days schedule.

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