Speedy lineman, powerful leg impress at Purdue

There were 15 NFL teams present, including Arizona Cardinals assistant head coach/offensive line coach Russ Grimm, when Purdue University held its pro day indoors on FieldTurf on March 9.

Two offensive linemen who did not participate at the NFL Scouting Combine, and a kicker who was at Lucas Oil Stadium in late February, were the players of note working out in West Lafayette, Ind.

Nick Mondek, OT (6-foot-5 3/4, 304 pounds) — Mondek’s speed was the most impressive aspect of the lineman’s workout. Mondek ran the 40-yard dash in 4.84 and 4.87 seconds. More importantly, his 10-yard split time was 1.59 seconds, which is basically unheard of for that size athlete. Mondek had a 28 1/2-inch vertical jump, 9-foot-2 broad jump, 4.55-second short shuttle, 7.30 three-cone drill, and performed 30 strength lifts of 225 pounds. Mondek has 33 3/8-inch arms and a 80 1/4-inch wingspan. Mondek is a potential sixth- or seventh-round draft pick.

Dennis Kelly, OT (6-8 1/8, 321) — Kelly ran the 40 in 5.33 and 5.41 seconds (he had a 1.82-second 10-yard split). He had a 27-inch vertical, 8-foot-8 broad jump, 4.91-second short shuttle and 7.73 three-cone, and performed 30 strength lifts. Kelly also has 33 1/2-inch arms. The two-time All-Big Ten honorable mention player is a likely rookie free-agent pickup post-draft.

Carson Wiggs, K (6-0 7/8, 220) — Wiggs ran the 40 in 4.91 and 4.93 seconds, had a 25 1/2-inch vertical and 8-foot-10 broad jump, and did 11 strength lifts. Wiggs has a very strong leg, and showed off that powerful boot by kicking 60-yard field goals with ease during warmups. Wiggs gained notoriety by successfully kicking a 67-yard field goal in Purdue’s spring game in 2011.

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