Shorter stars shine at Northern Arizona pro day

There were representatives from 12 NFL teams at Northern Arizona’s pro day Wednesday to watch 13 players work out, and two of the players caught my eye.

Zach Bauman, RB: Bauman measured 5-foot-7 1/4, 194 pounds, and recorded 40 times of 4.50 and 4.57. He had a 34-inch vertical jump, and a 9-foot broad jump. He also posted times of 4.12 in the short shuttle and 6.92 in the 3-cone drill, and threw the bar up 13 times in the bench press.

Bauman was a very productive four-year starter at Northern Arizona who rushed for 1,182 yards and eight touchdowns last season. His only negative is that he’s not that tall, but I think he’s a very good player, and he worked out very well on his pro day and looked good catching the ball. He’ll probably be undrafted but will be brought in to camp as a free agent.

Tim Wilkinson, DT: I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a player like Wilkinson before. He’s 5-9 5/8, 291 pounds. He ran the 40 in 5.09 seconds and posted a 35-inch vertical and an 8-foot, 6-inch broad jump. He ran the 3-cone drill in 7.10 seconds and threw the bar up 27 times. It was a very good workout by a very unique player. The only question I have with Wilkinson, of course, is that I don’t know if we’ve ever had a 5-9 5/8-inch defensive tackle in the NFL. I’m not sure he’ll be drafted, but he’s a very interesting player.

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