Daimion Stafford improves 40 time at Nebraska pro day

Representatives from 12 NFL teams were on hand for Nebraska’s pro day on Thursday, which took place indoors and on field turf. Pittsburgh Steelers defensive backs coach Carnell Lake and Cincinnati Bengals linebacker coach Paul Guenther were among the coaches on hand.

Rex Burkhead, RB (5-10 1/8, 210 pounds) — The Nebraska rusher posted times of 4.66 and 4.68 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He put together a strong workout and showed scouts that he has an exceptionally good pair of hands. Burkhead was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, where he was a top performer in the vertical jump, broad jump, three-cone drill, 20-yard short shuttle and 60-yard shuttle. Couple his combine effort with his pro-day performance, and Burkhead displays promise to play at the next level. It should be noted that Burkhead was an outstanding running back at Plano (Texas) High School, where he helped lead the Plano basketball team to a state championship.

Daimion Stafford, DB (5-10 1/2, 211 pounds) — Poised to be a late-round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Nebraska safety clocked in a 4.63 and 4.64 in the 40 and went 9-foot-9 in the broad jump. He improved on his 4.69 40 at the combine.

Eric Martin, DE (6-1, 237 pounds) — Martin posted a best time of 4.53 in the 40, went 3.97 in the short shuffle and 6.63 in the cone drill. He’s a possible sixth or seventh-round selection for an NFL team looking to the late rounds for some extra defensive help.

Kyler Reed, TE, (6 foot 2 1/8 225 pounds) — Reed posted some strong numbers, recording a 10-foot-7 broad jump and going 4.43 in the 40. The prospect’s pro day was cut short after he pulled his hamstring during one of his runs, forcing him to the sideline. He could be selected in the sixth or seventh round by a team looking for help at tight end or half back.

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