Published: March 6th, 2013 | Tags: 2013 pro days, Devin Smith, Jake Bscherer, Marcus Cromartie, Mike Taylor, Minnesota-Duluth, Montee Ball, Ricky Wagner, Ryan McWethy, Travis Frederick, Wisconsin, Wisconsin-Platteville
Representatives from 28 NFL teams — including Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson — gathered in Madison for Wisconsin’s pro day on March 6, where six players from Wisconsin, one from Minnesota-Duluth and another player from Wisconsin-Platteville worked out.
The pro day was held indoors and 40-yard dash times were considered fast due to a special surface installed for the event.
Montee Ball, RB (5-foot-10 3/4, 210 pounds) — Ball ran the 40-yard dash in 4.51 and 4.49 seconds. He had a 4.31-second short shuttle and a 11.26-second 60-yard shuttle. Ball’s 40 times were considerably faster than the 4.66 official time he posted at the NFL Scouting Combine, but a fast running surface could be partly responsible for that improvement. Ball — the Football Bowl Subdivision record-holder for most career touchdowns (83) — looked very good in his workout, and could be the second running back off the board in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Travis Frederick, C (6-3 5/8, 316) — Frederick stood on his numbers from the combine. Frederick’s versatility on the offensive line — he has started at both guard and center, and performed at a high level in doing so — makes him a desirable pro prospect.
Mike Taylor, LB (6-1, 234) — Taylor is still recovering from a sports hernia and did not participate in the workouts.
Devin Smith, CB (5-10 3/8, 182) — Smith — who was not invited to the combine — ran the 40 in 4.50 and 4.49 seconds, had a 6.67-second three-cone and 4.06-second short shuttle. He had a 10-foot-3 broad jump and performed 17 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press.
Marcus Cromartie, CB (6-0, 195) — Cromartie — who was not invited to the combine — ran the 40 in 4.47 and 4.38 seconds, and had a 4.08-second short shuttle and 6.91-second three-cone drill. He had a 34-inch vertical jump and 10-foot-1 1/2 broad jump. He did 14 strenght lifts. In the drills, Cromartie was a bit high in his backpedal and will need to correct that in order to increase his NFL chances. Still, his performance could vault him into seventh-round consideration in the 2013 NFL Draft.
There were two noteworthy non-Badgers at the pro day:
Jake Bscherer, OT, Minnesota-Duluth (6-6 3/8, 305) — Bscherer ran the 40 in 5.26 and 5.22 seconds. He had a 32 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-1 broad jump, and performed 18 lifts of 225 pounds. Bscherer played three seasons at Wisconsin before opting to transfer to Minnesota-Duluth. Minnesota-Duluth hasn’t had a player drafted since 1990.
Ryan McWethy, S, Wisconsin-Platteville (6-1 3/8, 226) — McWethy ran the 40 in 4.52 and 4.56 seconds. He had a 37 1/2-inch vertical jump and 10-foot broad jump. His time in the short shuttle was 4.14 seconds and he had a 6.63-second three-cone drill. He also performed 31 lifts on the bench press. McWethy is a good-looking athlete, but his positional drill performance did not live up to the lofty numbers posted in the runs and jumps. UW-Platteville hasn’t had a player drafted since 1971.