CORAL GABLES — Keep it locked here for coverage of the Hurricanes’ Pro Day, which begins at 8 a.m. Wednesday. On-field drills, the portion reporters are allowed to watch, start at 10:45 a.m. We’ll have live updates beginning then.
Click here for a list of 15 participants, including Brad Kaaya and David Njoku, and the major questions each one has to answer to improve their stock with NFL types. You’ll also find a draft/pro projection for each.
The weather is beautiful, unlike last year when driving rain hampered much of the on-field action and left Mark Richt commenting how “sad” it was players didn’t have an indoor facility for refuge. Temperatures today are in the low 80s, the sun is shining, and the skies are peaceful.
Best hand-timed 40-yard dash results (note: via a consensus of reporters using mostly iPhones):
Jamal Carter: 4.6
Adrian Colbert: 4.44
Stacy Coley: 4.33
Stan Dobard: 4.74 (according to his reps: 4.68)
Al-Quadin Muhammad: 4.78
David Njoku: 4.49
Corn Elder: 4.45
Jermaine Grace: 4.50 (at a bulked-up 223 pounds)
Joe Yearby: 4.73
Malcolm Lewis: 4.44
Marquez Williams: 4.70 (which drew shouts from teammates and coaches)
A few stray observations:
Those who made significant physical transformations include Stan Dobard (looks as trim as ever), Marquez Williams (leaner) and Jermaine Grace (said he weighs 223 pounds).
All 32 NFL teams are here, though nearly all the coaches and executives are in Arizona at the NFL owners’ meetings. Bill Belichick is a notable exception.
In the on-field drills …
Brad Kaaya, as expected, looked good throwing. The questions NFL types have, reportedly, are about his ability to process against the rush. Those concerns won’t be addressed today.
David Njoku had a concentration drop early, before recovering and catching the rest of his targets. Scouts realize they’re getting an immensely talented project, not a finished product.
Malcolm Lewis had several excellent catches and probably opened some eyes today.
Marquez Williams had a nice snag on a short sideline route.
Click here for videos of everyone running the 40
Click here for thoughts from Brad Kaaya