March 12, 2014
• NFL Pro Day Highlights
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan football program hosted its Pro Day today (Wednesday, March 12) inside Schembechler Hall and Al Glick Field House, where 12 former Wolverines worked out for NFL coaches, general managers and scouts.
Forty team personnel members from 29 NFL teams showed up for the event to assess the players in various drills, which included the vertical jump, broad jump, bench press, 40-yard dash, shuttle run, long-shuttle and three-cone drill. Players also split into groups and ran specific positional workouts, such as route running, pass blocking and defensive drills.
Running back Fitzgerald Toussaint and safety Thomas Gordon both registered standout performances in several drills on the day. Toussaint tallied 24 bench reps and a 35.5-inch vertical leap, in addition to his standout 4.49-second 40-yard dash time. He also recorded the top times of the day in the three-cone drill (6.59) and the 20-yard shuttle run (4.10).
Gordon had the highest vertical jump of any player, recording an impressive 40.5-inch jump. He also had a 10-foot, 5.5-inch broad jump, and he tied Toussaint for the best 40-yard dash (4.49) and 20-yard shuttle (4.10) times of the day.
Wide receiver Jeremy Gallon recorded the day's best broad jump at 10 feet, 10 inches. He also finished with the second-best vertical jump with his 39.5-inch leap. Gallon's participation was limited on the day after he competed in last month's NFL Combine in Indianapolis, where he ran an official 4.49 second 40-yard dash.
In the bench press, defensive lineman Jibreel Black led all participants with 29 repetitions, while fellow defensive lineman Quinton Washington finished with 26.
Wide receiver Joe Reynolds and defensive back Courtney Avery recorded vertical leaps of 37.5 and 36.5-inch jumps, respectively. Reynolds also posted a stellar broad jump with a distance of 10 feet, 5 inches. Linebacker Cam Gordon posted a 36-inch vertical and ran the 40 in 4.65 seconds.
Offensive lineman Taylor Lewan only participated in offensive line drills after his showing at the NFL Combine late last month. Fellow offensive lineman Michael Schofield came in with a nine-foot broad jump, greatly improving upon his seven-feet, eight-inch mark from the NFL Combine.
The 2014 NFL Draft will take place Thursday through Saturday, May 8-10, in New York.
Q U O T E S
Wide Receiver Jeremy Gallon
On his preparation for the draft ... "I've been training at St. Vincent's in Indianapolis. I've been working on everything we did here today; the 40-yard dash, broad jump, vertical, and of course positional work. Everything that I felt that I needed to improve upon."
On participating in U-M's Pro Day ... "It's really been about me competing against myself. It's me being out here with all of my teammates. That makes me more comfortable being around them. I'm out here just trying to compete and catch someone's eye."
Offensive Lineman Taylor Lewan
On his preparation for the 2014 NFL Draft ... "My preparation has went really well. I've really been working on my nutrition, my diet and my work ethic. I'm just trying to move forward and get better each and every day."
Offensive Lineman Michael Schofield
On participating in U-M's Pro Day ... "The only two things I wanted to improve upon from the combine were my vertical jump and my broad jump, so I tried to do those again. I improved my marks on both of them, so I was pleased with that. I was also able to work on position drills with Taylor (Lewan) and Q (Quinton Washington). The three of us came to Michigan together in the same recruiting class, so it felt great to be back here in Glick with those guys."
Safety Thomas Gordon
On participating in U-M's Pro Day ... "All of my numbers were where I was expecting them to be. During training I had a high on the bench press of 22, my vertical was around 40 and my 40-yard dash was in the 4.5 range, so today was just about hitting my highs in each event."
On having the best vertical jump of the day ... "That was my best vertical jump ever. Today can be looked at as pressure or you can look at having all of these people out here as an advantage. Having all of these people watch helped me focus on each event in and give it my all."
Running Back Fitzgerald Toussaint.
On participating in U-M's Pro Day ... "I worked very hard and I felt like I laid it all out of the line. I think my work ethic and my training showed today, so I'm pretty satisfied with my performance."
On his plans following Pro Day ... "My plan is to maybe take off a day or two and then get back on the grind and transform myself before I work out for individual teams."