In just 4 weeks the 2016 NFL Draft will commence inside the Auditorium Theater in downtown Chicago. A month ago the NFL Combine welcomed some of the country's top talents to Indianapolis and today it was the turn for all of Notre Dame's eligible pro prospects to stretch out and show off their skills.
As I'm sure you've heard the former Irish quarterback was back on campus for the first time since transferring to Florida State for his final year of eligibility. Golson met with the media afterwards and had a bunch of nice things to say about the experience, including that Brian Kelly contacted him to come back for the Pro Day.
Golson appeared to have a solid time throwing the ball and put up a best 40-time of 4.82. He was always quick-twitched but that proves he was never a fast runner.
Ex-#NotreDame, #FSU QB Everett Golson felt at home at #NDProDay. https://t.co/wAsxRjx4nu pic.twitter.com/Ca66XPLBpV— Irish247 (@NotreDame247) March 31, 2016
DeShone Kizer in the background, looking like a hulking tight end next to Ron Powlus.
The slot receiver hybrid running back did pretty well with a top 4.46 in the 40 to go along with a 35" vertical and a not-too-shabby 17 reps on the bench press.
No need for the Virginia native to do much on Thursday following his strong performance at the Combine. However, he did run the 3-cone drill and put a time of 7.19 seconds.
This was a big day for Brown who was limited at the Combine and wasn't able to show off his speed and athleticism. Listed at 6-2 and 193 pounds he ran a 4.44 in the 40 which feels about right for his known speed. Brown also had a 4.35 shuttle, 7.37 time in the 3-cone, and 33.5 in vertical.
Chris Brown 40. #NDProDay pic.twitter.com/2vI2Cs9Zjc— Matt Freeman (@mattfreemanISD) March 31, 2016
Day also kept his workout to a minimum. He put up 26 reps on the bench press and left it at that.
The former 5-star hasn't suited up for the Irish in two years but got his chance on Thursday to impress scouts. The reports out of campus indicate that Williams impressed with his physical stature. He ran a 4.83 in the 40, had a 31-inch vertical, and put up 25 reps on the bench press.
Pretty good day for the lumbering linebacker whose 4.75 time in the 40 wasn't so lumbering. Grace also showed off his strength putting up 26 reps in the bench press.
The injured linebacker put up 24 reps on the bench press and did no more. Smith has a big physical coming up with NFL teams in a couple of weeks.
This was supposed to be Russell's sweet spot as an athlete and he did not disappoint. His workout was cut short after running his first 40-time and injuring his hamstring but Kei'Varae got in enough work beforehand. Most of his posted numbers were elite for his position.
Run FAST— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) March 31, 2016
The KeiVarae Russell way.#NDProDay #LeagueBouND pic.twitter.com/XB0uruCPof
Shumate didn't run the 40 but measured in at 6-0 and 213 pounds. He posted a 4.1 shuttle and 7.06 in the 3-cone drill.
The former Irish safety was back on campus following a graduate season at Bowling Green where he totaled 82 tackles and 2 interceptions. He had a nice day with a 4.61 time in the 40-yard dash at 194 pounds.
The biggest surprise of the day came in the form of Farley and some eye-popping numbers. I always thought he was a little more athletic than he got credit for but not by as much as he showed the world at this Pro Day.
Safety Matthias Farley had himself a Pro Day.#NDProDay #LeagueBouND pic.twitter.com/O193ZJiVCv— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) March 31, 2016
Farley's got plenty of good tape as a defensive back, and with his special teams skills, he just did himself a solid in order to improve his stock. He's probably still not a draft pick but has a chance to stick on a roster down the road.