March 14, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan football program hosted its Pro Day today (Thursday, March 14) inside Schembechler Hall and Al Glick Field House, where 12 former Wolverines worked out for NFL coaches and scouts.
Thirty-four scouts from 30 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.
Safety Jordan Kovacs registered outstanding performances in several drills on the day, most notably running the 40-yard dash in 4.58 seconds along with recording a blazing three-cone drill at 6.62 seconds, which would have been the best among all participating safeties at the NFL Combine. Kovacs also scored the fastest 20-yard shuttle time of the day at 4.19 seconds and the second-best vertical jump of all participants at 35 inches.
Wide receiver Roy Roundtree ran the fastest 40-yard dash of the day, clocking in at 4.50 seconds, while also impressing in the vertical jump (34 inches) and the broad jump (10 feet, 1 inch).
In the bench press, several players registered notable performances, with defensive tackle William Campbell tallying 35 repetitions to lead all participants. Center Elliott Mealer posted 29 reps, linebacker Brandin Hawthorne benched 225 pounds 27 times, and linebacker Kenny Demens notched 26 reps.
Cornerback J.T. Floyd pulled off a stellar broad jump with a distance of 10 feet, 4 inches, while also recording the highest vertical jump of the day at 36 inches. Other players were not far behind in the vertical jump, with defensive tackle Craig Roh and Kenny Demens each jumping 33 1/2 inches.
Denard Robinson was the lone former Wolverine who participated in the NFL Combine that took place Feb. 23-26 in Indianapolis, Ind. Robinson's Pro Day consisted of positional drills, and he looked impressive, not dropping a ball while receiving punts and passes.
Former members of the Michigan football team participating in the Pro Day were Ricky Barnum, Campbell, Demens, Floyd, Hawthorne, Kovacs, Mealer, Patrick Omameh, Robinson, Roh, Roundtree and Vincent Smith.
The 2012 NFL Draft will take place Thursday through Saturday, April 25-27 in New York.
Check back for video features and player interviews from Pro Day.
Q U O T E S
Quarterback Denard Robinson
On how he felt overall about his Pro Day workout ... "I think I did pretty well. I didn't drop any balls and caught all the punts, but I still have room for improvement. I still have to improve and work on coming out of routes -- just getting my head around faster and locating the ball faster. I'm still working at it."
On how much he has improved since the Senior Bowl ... "A lot -- that's the thing -- improving from the Senior Bowl to the Combine to Pro Day. And now it's on to the private workouts. Those are the things I'm trying to do right now. I think I got better from the Combine to the Pro Day, and I will continue to do that."
On what he has done to improve his catching on punt returns ... "Just catch and catch -- keep doing it. Every time I got the chance to catch punts I was catching them. I try to catch punts every day for probably 30 minutes to an hour -- every day until the kicker's leg gets tired."
Wide Receiver Roy Roundtree
On what he heard from the scouts today ... "They told me that they don't really know what is going to happen but that I had a complete, solid day -- caught the ball well and ran well. I was just out there having fun. I took the day as game day so I had my game day face on. I'm happy with what I did today -- solid."
On what his expectations are going into the NFL Draft ... "I'm just going to take a day off and start back up Monday and get back into my rhythm -- two months of grinding every day. Finally today it was over and I get to relax -- take a hot shower and get my muscles relaxed. My expectations are high -- I feel like today showed that I can compete at the next level. It only takes one team to like you, and I will be truly blessed if I get drafted or even have a phone call to get to camp -- even mini-camp. I'll continue to prove to them that I am great."
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