Notre Dame pro day took place yesterday, giving players one last chance to showcase their skills to NFL scouts.
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— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) March 20, 2014
16 former Irish players worked out at Loftus Sports Center in an attempt to impress NFL teams. These players included George Atkinson III, Carlo Calabrese, Dan Fox, Bennett Jackson, T.J. Jones, Zack Martin, Troy Niklas, Louis Nix III, Tommy Rees, Kona Schwenke, Prince Shembo, Nick Tausch, Stephon Tuitt and Chris Watt. Also, Mike Golic Jr. and Robby Toma from the 2012 Irish team worked out as well.
All 32 NFL teams were represented at pro day, which included three general managers. Head coaches Mike Tomlin and Gus Bradley were in attendance as well.
After not being selected to participate at the NFL Combine, linebacker Dan Fox had a big day at pro day. He ran 4.59 40-yard dash time, which would have ranked him third among linebackers at the combine. Also, he posted a 4.31 in the 20-yard shuttle.
One of the highlights of the day was Bennett Jackson’s 40-yard dash. He posted a time of 4.40 seconds improving his time of 4.51 seconds from the NFL Combine.
This time would have ranked him fifth among cornerbacks at this year’s NFL Combine.
Louis Nix III also improved on his marks from the NFL Combine. After running a 5.42 at the combine, Nix posted a 5.36 at pro day. He also dropped his time in the three-cone drill from 8.29 to 7.94.
Tommy Rees had a strong showing at pro day. He completed 32 of 34 passes, and one of his incompletions was a drop. Rees also posted a 5.09 in the 40-yard dash as well as a 4.54 20-yard shuttle.
George Atkinson III participated in the 20-yard shuttle and three-cone drill. He bested his 20-yard shuttle time of 4.46 by posting a 4.38. He posted a 7.10 in the three-cone drill just off his 7.07 from the combine.
Due to a fracture in his left foot, defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt was not able to participate in the drills.
It was a great opportunity for many Irish players to impress NFL teams one last time. Here is a picture of the full results of Notre Dame’s Pro Day.
— Aaron Horvath (@NDSportsBlogger) March 20, 2014