The Vikings, Jets, Packers, Seahawks and Eagles were represented by scouts today at NDSU’s annual Pro Day. Here’s a sampling of what they saw:
- Working out were cornerback Josh Gatlin, offensive tackle Michael Arndt, punter JohnÂ PrelvitzÂ andÂ receivers Gary Williams and Titus Mack from NDSU; linebacker Russ Cochran and and defensive lineman Ty Boyle from UND; wide receiver Johnny Lester from Minot State and defensive back Derion Williams from Dickinson State.
- Gatlin had a couple of 40-yard dash times of 4.40 and, on one scout’s watch,Â 4.37, although they’ll most likely be adjusted, he said, because of the indoor turf conditions and the fact the scouts get together and compare times to come up with the most accurate. Still, it looks like he’ll go into the NFL Draft weekendÂ as a solid 4.4 guy.
- Gatlin didn’t fare as well on his long jump, cranking out his first one at somewhere around 10-5, but he fell forward and therefore it didn’t count. His official jump was 9-10.
- Arndt is getting a private workout from an unnamed NFL team tomorrow. He ran a 5.45 and a 5.48 40. He benched press 225 pounds 19 times. The Eagles scout did an extensive after-drill workout with him, always a positive sign.
- Gatlin measured a vertical jump of 35 1/2 inches. Mack had the top leap at 38, but his 40 time was 4.55, and a sub-4.5 would have helped him better.
- Gatlin’s “pro shuttle,” a drill that Craig Dahl killed at the NFL Combine three years ago, was a pretty good 4.02 seconds.
- One scout worked extensively with Cochran and Boyle afterward. Cochran had the best bench press of anybody with 26 reps. That was Gatlin’s weak spot, with just eight reps.
- The Vikings seemed to be paying the most attention to Prelvitz. He was told his hang time was in the 4.7 to 4.8 second range, which he said if you do that 20 out of 20 times you’re in the Pro Bowl.