Prospects contend with tilted field at Temple pro day

Representatives from 20 teams were at the Temple pro day on March 16 to watch prospects run outdoors on FieldTurf.

The running conditions were not ideal; the field was tilted, with prospects asked to run uphill one way and downhill the other.

Bernard Pierce, RB, (6-foot-3/8, 218 pounds) — Pierce ran the 40-yard dash in 4.50 seconds going uphill and 4.34 seconds going downhill. He completed the short shuttle in 4.7 seconds and the three-cone in 7.53 seconds. Pierce had a good workout and should be selected around the fifth round of April’s draft.

Evan Rodriguez, TE, (6-1 5/8, 244) — He kept everything from the NFL Scouting Combine but did strength lifts again, registering 19. He also had a good workout. He projects more as an H-back or running back than he does as a tight end in the NFL. He will be taken in the sixth or seventh round.

Tahir Whitehead, LB, (6-1 1/2, 237) — The outside linebacker ran the 40-yard dash in 4.86 seconds going uphill and 4.68 seconds going downhill. He recorded a 35-1/2-inch vertical, a 10-foot-7 broad jump, a 4.18-second short shuttle and a 7.18-second three-cone. He also did 21 strength lifts. He should be selected in the sixth round or so.

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