Cornerback Julian Love improved his 40-yard dash time, and punter Tyler Newsome ripped off an insane 30 repetitions of 225 pounds during the bench press at Notre Dame’s Pro Day Wednesday.
Representatives from all 32 teams were present to see the 17 hoping to hear their name called during the NFL Draft in April, according to the football program.
Guard Alex Bars and defensive tackle Jerry Tillery, recovering from injuries, did not participate in measurements, testing or on-field drills. Wide receiver Miles Boykin participated in on-field drills and was measured, but did not submit to any further testing after capturing eye-popping figures at the NFL Combine. Linebacker Drue Tranquill was measured, but did not undergo any further testing.
Former @NDFootball CB Julian Love, a 2018 consensus All-American and Thorpe Award finalist, was clocked with a 4.45 40-yd dash at today's ND Pro Day (improvement from his 4.54 at NFL Combine)...#BertschyBits #NDProDay— Michael Bertsch (@NDsidBertschy) March 20, 2019
Love’s fastest 40-yard time at the NFL Combine was 4.54, which was 24th best out of 32 cornerbacks that participated. Had he run a 4.45 at the Combine, it would have been tied for eighth best among cornerbacks with Michigan Wolverines’ David Long Jr., the Miami-Florida Hurricanes’ Michael Jackson Sr. and the Texas Longhorns’ Kris Boyd.
The Notre Dame running back failed to improve on his 40-yard time, posting identical 4.59 second times in both heats. The Florida native posted a 4.57 at the NFL Combine. Williams did not participate in the vertical, broad jump, twenty-yard shuttle, three-cone drill and bench press, as he did earlier this month in Indianapolis.
Coney, who opted to test today instead of at the Combine, posted identical 4.72 40-yard dash times. Had the Palm Beach Gardens product done that in Indianapolis, it would be been 17th best among the 22nd linebackers who participated.
Tranquill ran a 4.58 second 40-yard dash at the Combine.
Coney had a 32 1⁄2 inch vertical, 116 inch broad jump, 4.45 second 20-yard shuttle, 7.33 second three-cone time and 11.81 second 60-yard shuttle time, as well as putting up 225 pounds 18 times on the bench press.
Had they come at the Combine, Coney would have had the:
- 17th best vertical (out of 25 linebackers)
- 20th best broad jump (out of 25)
- 16th best 20-yard shuttle (out of 18)
- 14th best three cone drill (out of 16)
- fourth best 60-yard shuttle time (out of five)
- 19th best bench press (out of 29 linebackers)
Thirty reps would have put former #NDFB P Tyler Newsome tied for 13th among the 256 #NFLCombine invitees who participated in the bench press. https://t.co/UG6Vbc8d4R— Jude (@andrewwinn) March 20, 2019
— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) March 20, 2019
Count ‘em up — Tyler Newsome hit 3️⃣0️⃣ reps in the bench press.#GoIrish #NDProDay pic.twitter.com/VvoNkP2VeF
Justin Yoon ends his session with a 55-yard FG. Good performance. Missed 2 from over 50+ but consistent inside 50 yards. #NDProDay— Matt Freeman (@mattfreemanISD) March 20, 2019
Kicker Justin Yoon hitting from 55 yards at #NotreDame's Pro Day. pic.twitter.com/690lH65kF8— Matt Freeman (@mattfreemanISD) March 20, 2019
After tearing up the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Boykin opted to just do positional work at Notre Dame’s Pro Day. Catching balls from Tommy Rees is an easy afternoon.
Irish WR Miles Boykin catching passes at Pro Day. Boykin is just doing position work today after running a 4.42 40 and jumping 43.5” at the NFL Combine. pic.twitter.com/B0XBnPb6Tb— Alex Wilcox (@AlexWilcoxWNDU) March 20, 2019
Due Tranquill was one of the big winners at the NFL Combine, and his performance there seems to have improved his draft stock by leaps and bounds. Because of those test scores, Tranquill chose to just do positional work on Wednesday.
It wasn’t highly publicized, but Alize Mack had himself a fairly good NFL combine performance. Mack placed 2nd among tight ends in the bench (22), 7th in the 40 (4.7), 5th in the broad jump (120), and 5th in the vertical (36). At Notre Dame’s pro day, Mack opted to just do positional work, because really... that’s the biggest question with Mack. He had a decent day catching the ball, with just a few drops.
Holmes, a wide receiver from Florida, transferred away from Notre Dame to the Purdue Boilermakers, but then finished his college career at Morgan State. Holmes had a nice little pro day at Notre Dame with a 4.52 40 yard dash time that would have placed him about 20th in the NFL Combine in a WR group that had about 40 runners.
Weishar is one of those Irish football players that was not invited to the NFL Combine. His performance at pro day would have placed him in last place in most categories. Still... Nic is a “glue guy” and catches everything thrown in his direction. He’s a throwback, and he will still most likely get a camp invite.
Tommy Rees (Notre Dame QB coach) throwing passes to Miles Boykin, Corey Holmes, Nic Weishar, Alize Mack and Dexter Williams pic.twitter.com/FTJIbrUidw— Austin Hough (@AustinHoughTGN) March 20, 2019
Another player that needed the pro day to show off his skills is Nick Coleman. A versatile player, Coleman played cornerback, safety, and nickel at Notre Dame and it’s that versatility that may come in handy at the next level. Coleman ran a 4.59 40 yard dash which would have put him in the middle of the pack with the defensive backs at the combine.
Brent transferred away from Notre Dame to the Nevada Wolfpack where he became a defensive back — and played on their Sweet 16 basketball team. Brent is an extremely athletic player, but only clocked a 4.71 in the 40.
Watkins used a graduate transfer to play his final year for the Houston Cougars. In South Bend on Wednesday, Watkins had a performance similar to Nick Coleman. Watkins ran a 4.52 40 yard dash and put up 15 reps on the bench. He too has some versatility as he has played some nickel in the past.
A lot of people felt that Mustipher not being invited to the NFL Combine was a massive snub by the league. This pro day was crucial in that he would be his chance to really show what he can do (besides the massive amount of game tape). His 40 time of 5.59 would have been dead last at the combine, and his 20 reps on the bench would have placed him 40th.
Sort of a weird factoid from Notre Dame’s Pro Day. At least one former Irish player from all nine of Brian Kelly’s seasons at Notre Dame participated.— Pete Sampson (@PeteSampson_) March 20, 2019