Jayhawks Workout At NFL Pro Timing Day
March 10, 2010
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Twelve former Kansas football players worked out in front of 11 National Football League scouts as the Jayhawks held their annual Pro Timing Day Wednesday.
Among the group were nine of last year’s seniors, junior wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe, who declared early for the draft, and two 2008 Jayhawks – wide receiver Marcus Herford and linebacker Joe Mortensen.
The seniors included long snapper Kayl Anderson, defensive tackle Caleb Blakesley, wide receiver Kerry Meier, defensive end Maxwell Onyegbule, wide receiver Raimond Pendleton, quarterback Todd Reesing, running back Jake Sharp, safety Justin Thornton, and linebacker Arist Wright.
Briscoe and Meier participated while trying to improve their scores from the NFL Combine in Indianapolis last month. Safety Darrell Stuckey, who performed at the Combine, did not participate Wednesday other than to get measured and weighed.
The players were measured and weighed and tested for flexibility before performing vertical jumps, horizontal jumps and the bench press. The players also ran the 40-yard dash along with several cone and shuttle drills before doing position work in front of the scouts. Questionnaires and other testing also took place.
NFL teams represented included Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Miami, Minnesota, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
Briscoe performed better in most drills Wednesday than he had done at the NFL Combine.
“I feel like I helped myself a whole lot, especially with the bench press,” Briscoe said. “At the combine they gave me nine and I ended up getting 13 today, so that helped me a lot. I feel like I bettered myself in everything today.”
Sharp felt good about his day as well. The speedy running back also showed his strength with strong performances in the vertical jump and the bench press, with 19 repetitions of the 225 pounds.
“Overall I came out and put down a good performance for the scouts,” Sharp said. “I would have liked to run a little faster on the 40. Today I probably ran, in my opinion, the slowest I thought I would run, but that is o.k. – a high 4.3.”