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Afternoon Duck fans, super-intern Joe Waltasti here, filling in for Andy Mac, who is on the road with baseball this weekend filling in for Andria Wenzel, who is with the women's basketball team in L.A at the Pac-10 Tourney. We're very versatile in the media services office, like a Steve Greatwood-coached offensive line.
It was Pro Day today for former Oregon football players, taking place in both the Casanova Center weight room and on the turf under the sun at Autzen Stadium. Oregon's graduating seniors, along with former Ducks Kwame Agyeman and Cameron Colvin, were first weighed and measured before rotating through the vertical jump test, broad jump and bench press inside the weight room. The Ducks then went outside to run the 40-yard dash, 20-yard short shuttle, three-cone drill and 60-yard shuttle. All drills were hand-timed by the NFL scouts in attendance, representing 22+ teams (not including the British Columbia Lions, which also had a scout on hand).
One of Oregon's top performers at the Pro Day, without question, was Nick Reed. Reed did every test, having not been invited to the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.
But perhaps he should have been. The Walter Camp first-team All-America and Pac-10 leader in sacks the last two seasons ran well, jumped well and even showcased his skills and agility in linebacker individual drills.
Reed measured in at 6-foot-1, 245 pounds and put up some impressive numbers in the drills:
40-yard Dash: 4.71
Vertical Jump: 31.5 inches
Bench Press Reps (225 pounds): 24
Broad Jump: 9.0 feet
Short Shuttle: 4.27
Three-Cone Drill: 6.96
60-yard Shuttle: 12.02
If Reed was at the combine, here is how he would have stacked up against the 11 inside linebackers:
40 yard dash: 4th (4.71)
Notables: Rey Maualuga (4.83), Brian Cushing (4.79), Darry Beckwith (4.77), Aaron Curry (4.56)
Bench Press: 6th (24)
Notables: Maualuga (23), James Laurinaitis (22), Curry (25), Cushing (30)
*40-yard dash and bench were the only tests done by all middle linebacker prospects at the combine*
Short Shuttle: 4.27
Notables: Jasper Brinkley (4.32), Laurinaitis (4.24), Cushing (4.22)
Three-Cone Drill: 6.96
Notables: Brinkley (7.03), Scott McKillop (7.00), Laurinaitis (6.93)
Another Duck that performed very well at Pro Day was Jaison Williams.
J-Will measured at 6-foot-4, 231 pounds and posted these numbers, improving greatly over his showing at the combine:
40-yard Dash: 4.47
Vertical Jump: 36.5
Broad Jump: 9.8 feet
Short Shuttle: 4.34
Three-Cone Drill: 6.97
60-yard Shuttle: 11.97
Overall 12 former Ducks worked out before scouts at the combine Ė and here are the top-3 times/marks in each drill. (Note: Jairus Byrd did not participate and not everyone did all the drills)
40-yard Dash: Jaison Williams (4.47), Jerome Boyd (4.53), Terence Scott and Jeremiah Johnson (4.56)
Notables: Patrick Chung did not run the 40 at Pro Day but Matt Evensen posted a blistering 4.57!
Bench Press Reps: Nick Reed (24), Jerome Boyd (23), Mark Lewis (18)
Notables: Those three were the only ones to lift at Pro Day, but Chung lifted 225-pounds 25 times at the combine, tops for the Ducks at either day.
Vertical Jump: Jaison Williams (36.5), Nick Reed (31.5), Terence Scott and Matt Evensen (30.5)
Notables: After those three, only Ra'Shon Harris (27), Fenuki Tupou (26) and Josh Syria (23) jumped.
Broad Jump: Jaison Williams (9.8), Jerome Boyd (9.5), Matt Evensen (9.5)
Notables: Cameron Colvin went 9.4 in the drill while Tupou jumped 8.3 feet, impressive for a big man
Short Shuttle: Nick Reed (4.27), Jeremiah Johnson (4.28), Patrick Chung (4.3)
Notables: At the NFL combine, Reed’s shuttle time would have ranked him second amongst DEs behind Cincinnati’s Connor Barwin (4.18).
Three-Cone Drill: Jeremiah Johnson (6.87), Nick Reed (6.96), Jaison Williams (6.97)
Notables: Reed would have ranked second in this drill at the NFL combine amongst DEs, again behind Barwin. He would have been third out of the inside linebackers, just behind Cushing (6.84) and Laurinaitis (6.93).
60-yard Shuttle: Patrick Chung (11.64), Jerome Boyd (11.68), Terence Scott (11.77)
Notables: Georgia's Knowshon Moreno posted an 11.63 in the drill at the combine while Ohio State receiver Brian Hartline registered a combine-best 10.92 in Indianapolis.