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As NFL scouts look on, Jayhawks gather to encourage a participant in the bench-press portion of the Kansas University football pro timing day on Friday, March 15, 2013.

As NFL scouts look on, Jayhawks gather to encourage a participant in the bench-press portion of the Kansas University football pro timing day on Friday, March 15, 2013.



Jeff Jacobsen/Kansas Athletics

As NFL scouts look on, Jayhawks gather to encourage a participant in the bench-press portion of the Kansas University football pro timing day on Friday, March 15, 2013.

Pro Day by the numbers

How Kansas University’s football players fared at the Jayhawks’ pro timing day Friday:

LB Tunde Bakare

Height: 5-9

Weight: 202

40-yard dash: 4.60

20-yard shuttle: 4.22

60-yard shuttle: 11.60

Vertical: 33.5 inches

Broad jump: 9-10

3-cone drill: 7.03

Bench Press: 21 reps

WR D.J. Beshears

Height: 5-8

Weight: 183

40-yard dash: 4.61

20-yard shuttle: 4.24

60-yard shuttle: 11.84

Vertical: 36 inches

Broad jump: 10-1

3-cone drill: 7.21

Bench Press: 10 reps

CB Greg Brown

Height: 5-10

Weight: 188

40-yard dash: 4.58

20-yard shuttle: 4.26

60-yard shuttle: 11.43

Vertical: 34 inches

Broad jump: 9-6

3-cone drill: 7.04

Bench Press: 16 reps

LS Justin Carnes

Height: 6-1

Weight: 246

40-yard dash: 5.38

20-yard shuttle: 4.80

60-yard shuttle: N/A

Vertical: 23 inches

Broad jump: 7-9

3-cone drill: 7.76

Bench Press: 10 reps

QB Dayne Crist

Height: 6-4

Weight: 239

40-yard dash: 4.97

20-yard shuttle: 4.46

60-yard shuttle: N/A

Vertical: 29 inches

Broad jump: 8-11

3-cone drill: 7.48

Bench Press: 15 reps

OL Tanner Hawkinson

Height: 6-5

Weight: 298

40-yard dash: N/A

20-yard shuttle: N/A

60-yard shuttle: N/A

Vertical: N/A

Broad jump: N/A

3-cone drill: N/A

Bench Press: 13 reps

OL Trevor Marrongelli

Height: 6-2

Weight: 300

40-yard dash: 5.46

20-yard shuttle: 4.90

60-yard shuttle: N/A

Vertical: 23.5 inches

Broad jump: 8-0

3-cone drill: 8.09

Bench Press: 25 reps

S Bradley McDougald

Height: 6-0

Weight: 211

40-yard dash: 4.49

20-yard shuttle: 4.31

60-yard shuttle: 11.78

Vertical: 33 inches

Broad jump: N/A

3-cone drill: N/A

Bench Press: N/A

DE/LB/FB Toben Opurum

Height: 6-1

Weight: 249

40-yard dash: 4.61

20-yard shuttle: 4.34

60-yard shuttle: 11.77

Vertical: 34.5 inches

Broad jump: 10-4

3-cone drill: 7.28

Bench Press: 24 reps

WR Daymond Patterson

Height: 5-7

Weight: 177

40-yard dash: 4.46

20-yard shuttle: 4.41

60-yard shuttle: 11.77

Vertical: 33.5 inches

Broad jump: 9-3

3-cone drill: 7.09

Bench Press: 12 reps

WR Kale Pick

Height: 6-1

Weight: 203

40-yard dash: 4.68

20-yard shuttle: 4.22

60-yard shuttle: 11.68

Vertical: 31 inches

Broad jump: 9-6

3-cone drill: 7.22

Bench Press: 8 reps

TE Mike Ragone

Height: 6-3

Weight: 246

40-yard dash: 4.90

20-yard shuttle: 4.59

60-yard shuttle: 12.18

Vertical: 25 inches

Broad jump: 8-3

3-cone drill: 8.00

Bench Press: 11 reps

S Lubbock Smith

Height: 5-10

Weight: 200

40-yard dash: 4.80

20-yard shuttle: 4.37

60-yard shuttle: 11.89

Vertical: 30 inches

Broad jump: 9-4

3-cone drill: 7.34

Bench Press: 14 reps

DE Josh Williams

Height: 6-4

Weight: 257

40-yard dash: 4.84

20-yard shuttle: 4.60

60-yard shuttle: N/A

Vertical: 29.5 inches

Broad jump: 9-7

3-cone drill: 7.93

Bench Press: 18 reps

OL Duane Zlatnik

Height: 6-3

Weight: 312

40-yard dash: 5.26

20-yard shuttle: 4.88

60-yard shuttle: N/A

Vertical: 25 inches

Broad jump: 9-1

3-cone drill: 7.87

Bench Press: 24 reps

Safety Bradley McDougald shaved two-tenths of a second off his 40-yard dash time to highlight Friday’s football pro timing day at Kansas University.

McDougald, one of two KU players (offensive lineman Tanner Hawkinson was the other) invited to the NFL cCombine last month in Indianapolis, ripped off a 4.49-second sprint in the area he focused on most since the combine and followed it up with a fluid showing in the on-the-field position drills that took place in front of representatives from 20 NFL teams.

“That just kind of set the tone for the rest of the day,” a pleased McDougald said. “It got that monkey off my back, let me take a deep breath and just go play football.”

McDougald was one of 18 players who worked out for pro scouts at the Anderson Family Strength and Conditioning Center and Memorial Stadium on Friday — 15 graduating seniors, one former Jayhawk (punter Alonso Rojas) and two players from nearby Washburn University and Ottawa University. The day began in the weight room, where the players were measured and weighed by scouts and then tested their vertical and broad jumps and also flashed their strength on the bench press.

The bench was by far the loudest portion of the day, as the Jayhawks crowded around the last station in the southwest corner of the weight room and yelled and screamed for their teammates. KU strength coach Scott Holsopple spotted the exercise and also did a fair amount of screaming and encouraging.

“I think that really helped a lot of guys,” said McDougald, who also weighed five pounds less (210) than in Indianapolis. “It definitely helped me. Guys at the combine kind of cheer for you, but it’s half-hearted. Here, guys are yelling, ‘Let’s go, let’s go,’ and you really feel like you gotta show up for guys you’ve been showing up with for years.”

Several current Jayhawks and a few former KU stars (Mike Rivera, Chris Harris, Steven Johnson, Marcus Henry) showed up to watch Friday’s action and offer support. While the camaraderie aided in their efforts, it also offered one more chance to compete together on their home field.

“There wasn’t anybody in the stands,” said Toben Opurum, whose broad jump of 10 feet, 4 inches was the best of his life. “But there were guys out here who I’ve been with since 2009, guys I’ve grinded with, guys I’ve grown with, and I’m proud of everybody out here. I’m proud to have played here.”

Opurum was another player who helped his stock tremendously. In addition to getting 24 reps on the bench press and a 34.5-inch vertical jump, the running-back-turned-defensive-end was able to show his offensive skills. Many believe Opurum’s best shot at the NFL is as a fullback, the position at which he was recruited to Notre Dame by current KU coach Charlie Weis.

“I feel good about today,” Opurum said. “I would’ve liked to do some pass-rushing stuff, but film will show that. I was able to do some things in some situations I haven’t been in, dropping back, catching balls. I haven’t done that since ’09, but I was just trying to make sure it looked natural.”

Asked if he would be open to a return to offense, the former KU ball carrier did not hesitate to answer.

“I’m perfectly fine with that,” he said. “Fullback. H-Back. I still think I can do some things with the ball in my hands.”

The guy who got the ball to Opurum, former KU quarterback Dayne Crist, also had a solid day. He performed fairly well in the testing — 4.97-second 40, 15 reps on bench — but looked his best during the positional drills, where he threw to teammates Kale Pick, Daymond Patterson, Mike Ragone and D.J. Beshears for the final time.

“It was a great day,” said Crist, who participated in a 54-play scripted throwing session that tested his arm strength on all of the NFL throws.

“I definitely enjoyed it, and there was some emotion there. It goes so fast, and I was having flashbacks of the first time I was out here throwing with these guys.”

For Crist, the throwing part was by far the most important element. And, although a couple of balls hit the turf or sailed high in the wind, most were on the money.

“I just wanted to show improvement in my footwork and my accuracy and show that I took this time seriously and that I can make all the throws necessary to compete at a high level in the NFL,” Crist said.

Now, in addition to continuing their intense workouts, the Jayhawks will jump back into the waiting game. While many expect McDougald and Hawkinson to be drafted, the rest figure to have to earn a roster spot through free agency and training camp.

“I think all the guys competed really well, and it was a good culmination of this whole draft process,” Crist said. “The next part’s kind of out of your control. Now you just have to stay patient and stay ready.”


texashawk10 5 years, 3 months ago

How many reps did Tanner do at the Combine because 13 for an offensive lineman is just plain awful or is that a typp Matt? If it's not a typo, that's the kind of stat that can drop someone multiple rounds because the bench press for an offensive lineman is probably the most relevant event there because the form is very similar to what is done in actual blocking situations.

Phil Leister 5 years, 3 months ago

Punctuation Nazi, not Grammar Nazi. They're completely different.

Justin Millsap 5 years, 3 months ago

Don't use words Texans aren't likely to understand...

milehighhawk 5 years, 3 months ago

No doubt - that's a pretty terrible number for THawk.

Was also surprised to see Beshears pull a 4.61 40-time.

Billy Smith 5 years, 3 months ago

It has to be a typo. There's no way crist did more ha

bayareajhawk 5 years, 3 months ago

I have read that it's easier for shorter guys to do more reps on the bench press because taller guys have longer arms and have to move the bar so much farther. Supposedly, teams don't expect huge reps from really tall linemen. I don't know if that's true but I remember reading it in an article about the NFL Combine several years ago.

KGphoto 5 years, 3 months ago

It is true but that is a miserable number. His big knock coming into the combine was his strength. He needed to do something about it. Instead he barely beat out a 177 pound WR. Fail.

texashawk10 5 years, 3 months ago

Height's not the biggest factor, but arm length. People with longer arms do tend struggle with bench press just like people with longer legs tend to struggle with doing squats. With O-Linemen though, the size of their chests often helps with bench press because they have bigger chests so that's less distance for the bar to go.

KGphoto 5 years, 3 months ago

If I’m an NFL GM, I’m signing Opurum immediately after the draft, or even using a 6th or 7th on him as my new FB. Even in the NFL you don’t get many 250 pound guys running a 4.6, AND being able to catch like he can. Had he played running back during his career instead of switching, he would have been at the combine, and he would be getting 4th-5th round consideration. He’s too good of an athlete, too good of a FB, not to make a team.

Mark Lindrud 5 years, 3 months ago

Agreed. You saw his potential as a runner and I think he's got a higher ceiling in that area. He doesn't have the cover skills or the burst to be an end rusher. I'd give him a chance in the 7th as a fullback.

Micky Baker 5 years, 3 months ago

With these sorts of number put up by these guys, it says something about how much more speed we'll have this year particularly in the defensive backfield and at wide receiver. I think Thomas runs a sub 4.4 40 yard dash. Beshears and Patterson didn't have the size to accommodate the lack of speed either.

I would be interested in finding out what these stats are for each of the incoming players for a comparison, but hey, if it's really a good improvement don't let the cat out of the bag. Don't want the opponents to know until they find out the hard way.

yates33333 5 years, 3 months ago

JHWKDW may be correct, but wouldn't it be an ironic blast if four or five or six got signed from this "bunch!" I think Opurum is a pretty good bet. Maybe another Bob Newhouse.

Lance Meier 5 years, 3 months ago

Glad these guys have the chance to prove they've got some FB left in them to play...

Randy Bombardier 5 years, 3 months ago

What, no new football articles? As painful and as long as the preseason may seem without them maybe this is a good thing. Make our opponents do their own scouting. Snyder's closed lips and closed practices sure don't hurt the wildcats. Maybe it is time to go to blackout mode.

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