Toledo vying for first draft pick since 2008

The University of Toledo hasn’t exactly been a hotbed for potential pro football players, and hasn’t produced a draft pick since 2008 (when two Rockets — OT John Greco and RB Jalen Parmele — were selected).

One Toledo player — WR Eric Page — was invited to participate at the NFL Scouting Combine. Page also represents Toledo’s best shot at having a player selected in April.

At Toledo’s pro day — which was held on March 13, with 10 NFL teams represented to watch a workout that took place indoors on FieldTurf — Page caught passes from ex-Toledo QB Bruce Gradkowski (a sixth-round pick in 2006 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers) during his position drill. Page, who also has added value as a return specialist, measured 5-foot-9 and 183 pounds. Page ran the 40-yard dash in 4.56 seconds in each attempt, and then kept all his other numbers from the combine.

Here are some of the other notable performers from Toledo’s pro day:

Desmond Marrow, CB (6-2 1/4, 208) — Morrow ran the 40 in 4.53 and 4.55 seconds. He had a 35 1/2-inch vertical jump, 10-foot-4 broad jump, 4.44-second short shuttle, 7.02-second three-cone and performed 19 strength lifts of 225 pounds). Morrow possesses long arms, and while he played cornerback at Toledo, he probably will be better off switching to safety in the NFL.

Mike VanDerMeulen, OT (6-5 1/2, 307) — VanDerMeulen ran the 40 in 5.07 and 5.10 seconds, had a 32 1/2-inch vertical, 8-foot-10 broad jump, 4.55-second short shuttle, 7.74-second three-cone and performed 24 strength lifts. Possessing 34-inch arms, VanDerMeulen looks like a rookie free-agent, developmental player.

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