Wake Forest nose tackle could become NFL fullback

Representatives from 22 NFL teams were on hand for Wake Forest’s pro day on March 17, when 10 Wake Forest players — plus three athletes from Winston-Salem State and Catawba College — worked out outdoors on grass in below-freezing, 26-degree temperatures and precipitation that featured a wintry mix.

Mike Campanaro, WR (5-foot-9, 187 pounds) — Campanaro stood on his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine, and did a positional workout. Given the less-than-ideal conditions, Campanaro was unable to put forth his best workout.

Josh Harris, RB (5-9 7/8, 206) — Harris ran the 40-yard dash twice, doing so in 4.46 seconds on each attempt. He had a 35 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-1 broad jump. He had a short shuttle time of 4.21 seconds and a three-cone drill time of 7.00 seconds. He did 28 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. Harris looked good running routes out of the backfield. Wake Forest didn’t run the ball a lot this past season, becoming more of a passing team than ever before, but Harris’ two-touchdown game against Army is one to watch if you want to get a good look at what he can do. Harris is a protégé of Deion Sanders.

Nikita Whitlock, NT (5-9 3/4, 251) — Whitlock ran the 40 in 4.82 and 4.86 seconds. He had a 33-inch vertical jump and 9-foot broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.34 seconds and the three-cone in 6.91 seconds. He performed an astonishing 43 lifts on the bench press. Whitlock’s pro-day numbers will have NFL teams considering a position change. A team could bring him into training camp and make a fullback out of him. He caught the ball well in rough conditions at Wake Forest’s pro day. He will be an interesting experiment for a team signing him as a priority free agent following the 2014 NFL Draft.

The quarterback at the pro day was Catawba’s Danny O’Brien, who had spent time at Wisconsin and Maryland previously before transferring for his final college football season to Catawba College.

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