Tuesday, February 26, 2013

KU’s McDougald, Hawkinson build buzz at NFL combine

Kansas defensive back Bradley McDougald runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013.

Kansas defensive back Bradley McDougald runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013.


Three days after former Kansas University offensive lineman Tanner Hawkinson hit the turf at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis for the timing portion of this year’s NFL combine, former KU safety Bradley McDougald capped things off with a solid showing on Tuesday.


Associated Press

Kansas offensive lineman Tanner Hawkinson runs a drill during the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013.

McDougald, a former wide receiver who switched to safety during the final two seasons of his KU career, finished near the top in several drills and, according to one veteran NFL scout interviewed by the Journal-World, helped his draft stock in the process.

“What he did, he kept himself in the mix,” the scout said of McDougald. “He helped himself. He did it all. He competed and those numbers are good, solid.”

McDougald’s 40-yard dash time of 4.74 seconds landed him in the middle of the pack among the safeties at this year’s combine, but the scout said for a guy with McDougald’s size — 6-foot, 215 pounds — that number was not too surprising.

“It’s adequate,” the scout said. “You can play with that speed.”

What’s more, McDougald’s 19 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press, which put him fifth among safeties at the combine, demonstrated what KU fans already knew — that McDougald’s game is more about power than speed.

As for the rest of his results, his 34.5-inch vertical jump landed him in the middle of the pack, his 122-inch broad jump placed eighth and his times in the three-cone (7.7 seconds) and 20-yard shuffle (4.44) agility tests were average, according to the scout.

“He’s a safety with some size,” the scout said. “So those are good numbers, and he’s put himself in a position where now we have to see how he plays.”

As for the 6-5, 298-pound Hawkinson, who participated in the timing portion of the combine with the rest of the offensive linemen on Saturday, the scout was most impressed by his mobility.

Hawkinson’s 5.07-second 40 time was fifth-fastest among O-linemen — “I would say that’s very good,” the scout said — and his three-cone time (7.52) and 20-yard shuffle time (4.51) both put him in the top 10.

“That guy’s intriguing,” said the scout, who did not have either KU player on his list at the combine. “Sounds like you’re gonna get a big left tackle one day. I think it was a very good showing for KU football.”

Next up for both Jayhawks, should they choose to participate, is KU’s annual pro timing day on March 15, when a handful of NFL scouts come to Lawrence to test those players not invited to the combine in preparation for the NFL Draft, April 26-28.


steelerjhawk 1 year, 1 month ago

I love how everyone has a comment. But I hope this helps. We have scouts saying McDougald improved his stock and we have Hawkinson who showed that he should be in the middle of all OL talks because of what he did. I say its great because why do HS players goto certain colleges because they produce professionals. So if we don't point out the weaknesses that our players have then maybe they start getting drafted higher and then we start winning and getting the 4 and 5 star players. We should show the love and passion that we have for those players and KU football will become that powerhouse that we all want. Great job players I say and way to represent yourselves and the University of Kansas. Rock Chalk Jayhawk!


phog1004 1 year, 1 month ago

maybe he does need to improve his 40 time, but again, he isn't a corner, playing match up man. He is going to be a strong safety that plays downhill and near the line of scrimmage. So like others have said, the bench press reps were what helped him. No the 40 didn't help him, but it didn't necessarily hurt him either. What also was left out, was that multiple scouts commented, after the Safety's group was over, about how impressed they were with his ball skills and mentioned a bunch of times about his abilities as a WR early in his career put him in the top of the group in terms of ball hawking, which is a luxury with downhill safeties.

he'll get drafted off of his combine, it just remains to be seen if his pro-day 40 time improves and he moves up the draft board at all.


Ferd Magellan 1 year, 1 month ago

The scout was being kind. That 40 time is going to have to improve dramatically at pro day. He needs to find a different trainer because his form on the run was terrible.


Jason Keller 1 year, 1 month ago

People throw around 40 times a lot but that really isn't a bad time for McDougald. Some no talent idiots will tell you they ran a 4.6 in high school or something but in reality only elite athletes are able to run times like that. Like the scout said, the kid is 215. He's not 190 lb corner who is expected to run 4.5

It's going to be hard to drop .05 seconds but if he does, he'll probably be drafted.


doolindalton 1 year, 1 month ago

McDougald should be able to improve his 40 time by the time the KU pro day rolls around. It is, however, a very deep safety class. He'll be fortunate to be taken on the last day of the draft.
Hawkinson might be a fit for a team like the Redskins who are looking for right tackle help and use smaller more athletic guys in their zone blocking scheme.


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