Sure, there's a certain big basketball tournament starting tomorrow, but there was another big event today that went a little under-the-radar: Pro Day.
Ah, Pro Day: the Combine for people that didn't make the Combine.
The rest, though - joined by Nolan Carroll, who made the combine but didn't participate in drills - took to the field today for Maryland's Pro Day, participating in a variety of drills in front of scouts and coaches. Details on the event have been sparse with seemingly every journalist in the world preparing for the ACC tournament; one of the only articles I've found on it is from the AP (via Yahoo) and is Chris Turner focused.
The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Turner ran the 40 in 5.16 seconds, then in 5.10. He pressed 225 pounds 11 times. Those numbers aren't as important as the fact that he was a three-year starter, threw 30 touchdown passes, had four 300-yard games and was 5-2 against teams in the Top 25.
"He's got the body type they're looking for, he's a smart guy," Franklin said. "I've coached in that league. It wouldn't surprise me if he made a team. Where he gets drafted, I don't know all that. But his arm is strong enough and he's more athletic than you think. So I think he's got a chance."
Said Turner: "I think with good performances, good interviews, with good tryouts with different teams I can get drafted. It's just a matter of doing it."
Methinks they got it right on the career thing - Turner isn't going to dazzle with his athleticism or arm strength, but he's a good leader with an accurate enough arm. He'll probably get a camp invite if not a full-out draft pick, and hopefully he can make something of it and have a career in the pros. If he can't, I have a sneaking feeling he'll end up on Capitol Hill in some form or fashion.
The other big name there for Maryland was the indomitable Cory Jackson, the hard-hitting FB from Morgantown. Patrick Stevens has been maintaining a record of Jackson's pro journey, and it was understandably a big day for CJ. He posted a 4.7 in the 40, a pretty good time for a FB; hopefully some scouts saw it, because he deserves a future in the league.
It was Carroll's numbers, though, that jumped out at me the most: he ran a 4.39 in the 40, under the golden 4.4 time, and had a 37.5 inch vertical. Considering that he's coming back from a season-ending leg injury, I'm very surprised he posted times that good. Despite never being a #1 corner, he'll likely get drafted at a decent position. He's currently ESPN's 29th CB, and 39 were selected last year. Looks good for Nolan.
A WBOC article has a few more times and stats, and is where I got the times listed in this post.
Update: Frequent commenter here and author at the SBN Ravens blog Baltimore Beatdown (don't UrbanDictionary that) Mr MaLoR attended the Pro Day and had some short impressions, pictures, video, and a list of teams that sent scouts. A partial list of attendance includes Washington, unsurprisingly, alongside Oakland, Green Bay, New England, and a few more. Check it out if you have the time.
This was the last (public) stop for NFL-hopeful Terps before the draft, which kicks off on Apr. 22. Bruce Campbell is expected to go early in the first, and Turner, Jackson, and Carroll are possible 2nd/3rd day picks. Hopefully they can make a living despite the rough senior season.