Representatives from 13 NFL teams were on hand to witness 16 prospects work out indoors on FieldTurf on Monday.
In addition to six ‘Nova players at the pro day, head coach Andy Talley was kind enough to allow 10 other athletes from area small colleges to have the opportunity to work out in front of NFL scouts.
The pro day featured a player very reminiscent of San Diego Chargers running back Danny Woodhead.
Kyle Harbridge of FCS-level Saint Francis (Pa.) is a 5-foot-9 3/8, 204-pound running back, who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.52 and 4.56 seconds as one of those area small-school prospects on hand at Villanova’s pro day. Harbridge had a 33-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.25 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.23 seconds. He also performed 22 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. Harbridge — who had 1,692 yards rushing, a 6.0-yards-per-carry average and 16 touchdowns on the ground for the Red Flash in 2013 — caught the ball well out of the backfield and is also a really good kickoff returner (he averaged 26.27 yards a return in 2013).
Harbridge is described as a Woodhead lookalike (highlights), possessing some of the same characteristics of the former Division II star from Chadron State. Harbridge could be a seventh-round draft pick or a priority free-agent pickup following the 2014 NFL Draft
Two Villanova players of note appear to be free-agent possibilities following the draft:
Joshua Bucci, OT (6-foot-5 1/2, 335 pounds) — Bucci ran the 40 in 5.53 and 5.59 seconds. He had a 25 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 8-4 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.81 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.80 seconds. He also performed 29 reps on the bench press. Bucci has 33 1/4-inch arms.
Rakim Cox, DE (6-3 3/4, 266) — Cox ran the 40 in 4.93 and 4.94 seconds. He had a 32 1/2-inch vertical and 9-8 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.41 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.14 seconds. He performed 20 strength lifts on the bench. Cox has 32 5/8-inch arms. He worked out as both a hand-in-the-ground defensive end and in space as a linebacker. Cox will work out at a the regional combine held in Miami later this month.