Twitter Timeline, Videos, & Stories: UofL’s ‘Pro Day’

Posted on Mar 11 2015 - 10:02am by Ethan Moore

The Schnellenberger Complex was busy yesterday as all 32 NFL teams representatives were in attendance scouting the talented draft eligible former Cardinals.  Here’s how it all unfolded via the twittersphere:

*A recap of yesterday’s highly successful UofL Pro Day

Three NFL head coaches were in attendance. New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, winner of this year’s Super Bowl, headlined the group. Cincinnati’s Marvin Lewis and Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin came to check out the draft-eligible players.

The executives and scouts watched as the Cardinals in the weight room with the bench press, broad jump and the vertical jump.

After a brief break in the action, the Cardinals conducted the 40-yard dash in front of the scouts. Wide receiver DeVante Parker, linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin, Charles Gaines and James Sample didn’t run because of their times at the NFL Combine. The Cardinals had a school record 11 players attend the combine in Indianapolis, Ind., on Feb. 17-23.

Linebacker Deiontrez Mount and wide receiver Eli Rogers ran well in the 40-yard dash and the other agility drills.

Tight end Gerald Christian looked solid day after a decent showing at the combine in February. He ran routes with the wide receivers and running backs and caught the ball well.

“I have been hearing from a couple of teams and have workouts set with the Eagles and Cardinals in the next week,” Christian said. “I felt good today. I got my 40-yard time down today, which made me happy. I wanted to show the ability to run good routes, which I think I did that today.”

The day ended with position drills for each group. That’s where projected first-rounder Parker showed why he deserved to be a high pick with his speed and his ability to catch the football in his hands. Parker showed good balance coming out of his routes and looked smooth in his route running.

“I think I ran my routes well,” Parker said. “I really concentrated on my routes and being precise in what I was trying to do. I was pleased with how I performed today and I look forward to the draft coming up next month.”

Parker is considered by many to be one of the top wide receivers with West Virginia’s Kevin White and Alabama’s Amari Cooper, with all three, depending on who you talk to, being interchangeable.

“I don’t worry about that at all,” Parker stated. “I just want to get drafted and have the opportunity to make an impact.”

The Cardinals will await their fate until April 30 when the NFL Draft officially begins, and hopefully a large number of Cardinals will hear their names called or their phones will ring.

*The C-J’s Steve Jones reviewed DeVante Parker’s Pro Day

Parker, the tall, freakishly athletic wide receiver who seems destined to be a first-round draft pick, elected not to run a 40-yard dash, satisfied with the solid 4.45-second time he posted at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis last month.

Instead, as scouts looked on, he focused on running routes and catching balls from former U of L quarterback Brian Brohm, who’d volunteered to serve as Pro Day QB. Parker felt strong and confident in his latest audition for the draft, which starts April 30.

“I’ve been thinking about it since I was young, seeing people get drafted and thinking that could be me one day,” he said. “Now it’s going to happen, and I’m going to be glad about it.”

*Brian Brohm returned home to throw to the wideouts. (courtesy of the C-J’s Jonathan Lintner

But Brohm, a Trinity High School and U of L graduate, just signed a new deal with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League. And he said this trip back home was designed to help receivers DeVante Parker, Eli Rogers, Kai De La Cruz and Matt Milton, as well as tight end Gerald Christian, impress the 80 NFL personnel on hand.

“Obviously, they don’t have a senior quarterback coming out, so they’re kind of scrambling to get someone to throw to them,” Brohm said. They wanted to make sure they got some good passes.

“…It’s kind of a two-way street for me, because every offseason I’m looking for guys to throw to, to catch passes, so I can train and get ready for my season.”

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