A player not invited to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine put forth a dynamite workout as representatives from 24 teams witnessed Vanderbilt’s pro day.
The workout was held outdoors on FieldTurf, and notables in attendance were Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith, Tennessee Titans general manager Ruston Webster and St. Louis Rams assistant head coach Dave McGinnis.
Defensive end Tim Fugger (6-foot-3 1/4 and 248 pounds) — a non-combine invitee — took full advantage of the opportunity to work out in front of NFL teams and might have helped his draft status the most. Fugger ran 4.65 and 4.60 seconds in the 40-yard dash, posted a 34-inch vertical jump, 9-foot-7 broad jump, a 4.20-second short shuttle time, a 7.00-second three-cone drill and did 29 strength lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press.
Fugger worked out both as a pass-rushing defensive lineman with his hand on the ground as well as a linebacker executing in space. The impressive workout might vault Fugger as high as the fifth round in April’s draft.
Here are the other notable performers from Vanderbilt’s pro day:
Casey Hayward, CB (5-11 1/4, 193) — Brett Maxie, current Dallas Cowboys secondary coach and a veteran of 13 NFL seasons as a safety, worked Hayward out during position drills. Hayward — who worked out at the combine — is a solid player who helped himself out during the workout, and figures to be selected in the lower half of the second round or early in the third round.
Sean Richardson, S (6-2 1/4, 214) — Richardson kept his numbers from the combine, with the exception of the short shuttle (4.19 seconds) and three-cone drill (6.90 seconds). Richardson’s position workout was ok.