Nebraska Football: Complete Pro Day Analysis and Results
For Nebraska football alumni who are looking to play in the NFL, pro day is one of the most important days of their careers. NFL scouts descended on the Hawks Championship Center to see former Nebraska players work out.
Here’s a snapshot of at least some of their performances. Participating in the pro day were Jason Ankrah, Quincy Enunwa, Ciante Evans, Andrew Green, Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Spencer Long, Taylor Martinez, Cole Pensick, Brent Qvale, Thad Randle, Andrew Rodriguez, Mohammed Seisay, Ben Cotton, Kyler Reed and Baker Steinkuhler, according to Grant Muessel of Hail Varsity.
How Did Taylor Martinez Do?
One of the most fascinating parts of Nebraska’s pro day was how Taylor Martinez would perform. The quarterback was a polarizing figure for Nebraska fans. After he missed most of the 2013 season due to injury, it was easy to forget the athletic gifts that made him a Heisman contender in his freshman year.
So how did he do for the NFL scouts? According to Grant Muessel of Hail Varsity, Martinez reported logging a 4.28-second (!) 40-yard dash, a 3.83-second shuttle drill, a 39” vertical leap and a 10’9” broad jump.
Martinez worked out at quarterback, as well as wide receiver and defensive back, according to Muessel, although the QB said he hadn’t prepared for the receiver drills.
“I didn’t realize it was coming, but I went out there, and I’ve done it when I was little,” Martinez said, as reported by Muessel.
How About the Combine Invitees?
Stanley Jean-Baptiste improved his 40-yard dash time from 4.61 seconds at the combine to 4.45 seconds on more familiar home turf. He also participated in position drills for a defensive back.
Spencer Long was able to do some bench presses, putting up 28 reps of 225 pounds. But he did not participate in any other drills; he is saving that for an individual pro day he will have in April.
Quincy Enunwa, who is still bothered by the hamstring injury suffered at the combine, did not participate.
How About the Non-Invitees?
Mohammed Seisay drew quite a bit of attention both with his 40-yard dash (one of the fastest in his group) along with his general athleticism, according to Grant Muessel of Hail Varsity.
Baker Steinkuhler worked at offensive tackle after playing defensive tackle at Nebraska.
Brent Qvale ran a 5.1-second 40-yard dash, according to Brian Christopherson of the Lincoln Journal-Star, which should get him some notice since he weighs 318 pounds.
One of the primary drills that NFL scouts use is the bench press, which measures how many times a player can lift 225 pounds. Here’s how the Nebraska alumni did at the 2014 pro day:
- Cole Pensick 29
- Spencer Long 28
- Andrew Rodriguez 24
- Kyler Reed 24
- Brent Qvale 24
- Jeremiah Sirles 21
- Jason Ankrah 20
- Ben Cotton 19
- Thad Randle 19
- Taylor Martinez 17
- Baker Steinkuhler 17
- Andrew Green 15
- Mohammed Seisay 13
- Ciante Evans 8
Martinez was one of the big winners at the pro day. He not only showed that his speed is back but put up impressive numbers in other areas—perhaps most notably having an equal bench press output to Baker Steinkuhler.
The pro day was also critical for players like Mohammed Seisay, who did not get a chance to put a lot of game tape down at Nebraska. His solid performance could make the difference in getting a free-agency offer from an NFL team.
The pro day also represents another chance for seniors from 2012, like Kyler Reed and Ben Cotton, to put themselves in front of NFL scouts.
Pro-day statistics courtesy of Brian Christopherson of the Lincoln Journal-Star.
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