Friday, March 19, 2010
Virginia pro day highlights
By ESPN.com staff
Ten former Virginia players auditioned on Thursday for representatives from more than two dozen NFL teams on campus, including former fullback Rashawn Jackson, who is listed as the No. 1 fullback in this year's NFL draft by ESPN's Mel Kiper. Virginia does not release its pro day results, but Jeff White reported on the event, as did Jay Jenkins.
Other former Cavs who participated included defensive lineman Nate Collins, cornerback Chris Cook, offensive lineman Will Barker, linebackers Denzel Burrell and Darren Childs, running back Mikell Simpson, quarterback Jameel Sewell, safety Brandon Woods and athlete Vic Hall. Both Cook and Jackson participated in last month's NFL combine and didn't fully participate in Thursday's drills.
We'll go ahead and consider these unofficial results, but here are a few highlights, according to both reports:
- Hall bench-pressed 225 pounds 19 times, only three fewer than Barker and Collins. He ran his second 40-yard dash in about 4.4 seconds.
- Collins ran the 40 in about 4.9 seconds.
According to the Daily Progress:
"Sewell posted a 4.58 according to one stopwatch and Collins added another in 4.93. Mikell Simpson was timed unofficially at 4.69 and 4.60, numbers that do not compare well to running backs who were invited to the NFL combine."
Jackson actually played tailback for most of his senior year and led the team in rushing with 461 yards on 96 carries, but he told White "I think I'm a fullback." Kiper seems to agree:
Jackson gets a nod here because he had to step in and carry the ball a lot. He's had better production than the tailbacks, with 96 carries for 461 yards. His ability to block well is a bonus. Versatile fullbacks are valued commodities in some systems.