Football: Pro day quick hits

I’ll have thorough coverage of today’s Pro Day, including interviews with Cameron Jordan, Shane Vereen, Mike Mohamed, Chris Conte, Derrick Hill, Darian Hagan, Kevin Riley and Jeremy Ross. But first here are a few quick nuggets:

  • Ross ran a 4.39 in the 40-yard dash. That would have placed him in a tie for third among wide receivers at the NFL combine. Ross looks to be in terrific condition and had an extensive talk with a Chicago Bears scout afterward.
  • Conte has been a workout fiend since the end of the season. His body is all muscle and he ran a 4.56 in the 40 today after clocking 4.53 at the combine.
  • Jordan, Vereen and Mohamed all declined to participate in the timed tests, mostly because they were satisfied with their performance at the combine and there is no sense riskng hurting your stock. They did go through position drills.
  • Riley is fully recovered from his knee/calf injury that ended his season prematurely. He said he’s been running at full strengh for about a month. 
  • Hagan looks like he could be a Giants relief pitcher, now sporting a thick beard.

More to come…

Jonathan Okanes

Jonathan Okanes is in his fourth year covering Cal's football team. Previously, he covered Cal's men's basketball team for four years. He can also be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/OkanesonCal.

  • ScottyBear

    Where the heck was Conte his first three years of eligibility? All Pac-10 first team safety as a senior, used sparingly as a defensive halfback before that. Thank you Clancy! Keep it going!!

  • David

    IIRC, I think Conte asked to be a CB when he got here. Clancy had none of that.

    … But Ross’ 4.39?! That’s remarkable.

  • dailycal02

    happy for J-Ross. 4.39 is the sort of time that takes a guy from the free agent pool into draft pick land, no?

  • milo

    4.39 is FAST…but please no more hurdling players. That will get you killed in the NFL. Line him up near Hestor and that’ll drive opposing special teams a bit nuts.

    So what’s it look like 4-5 players getting drafted?

  • calbear

    I know Shane could have improved his 4.50 time especially since he was busy bulking up to lift his 225 THIRTY ONE TIMES. That’s the sign of a true work horse. Compare him to Justin Forsett who also put up huge numbers in the bench – tied with that weirdo Fullback from West Virginia Owen Schmitt. Shane is a model Golden Bear and I look forward to seeing him excel in the pros. He has the work ethic of Forsett but is faster and dare I say more talented? That is the type of Cal back I love – self-less, team oriented and hardworking. Great player and person.

  • Beasty

    Fish Stats
    288.5 lbs
    32.5 Arms
    32.5 Vertical jump at 10’8″
    9′ Broad jump
    …27 @ 225lbs bench
    1.81 10yrd 2.97 20yrd 5.37 40yrd
    4.56 Shuttle 20yrd

    Well done…..only two other Olinemen at the combine did a 32.5 vertical and that is the max