March 3, 2014
The University of Minnesota football team held its pro day today for NFL scouts, coaches and general managers. Representatives from 19 NFL teams were in attendance, as the former Gophers worked out for their hopeful future employers.
The 19 NFL teams in attendance were: Atlanta, Baltimore, Carolina, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Green Bay, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Minnesota, New Orleans, Oakland, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle.
The former Gophers who worked out for the teams were: Jeremy Baltazar, Jake Filkins, Ra'Shede Hageman, Aaron Hill, Roland Johnson, Victor Keise, James Manuel, Martez Shabazz and Brock Vereen. Derrick Engel, who is recovering from an injury suffered during the season, was also in attendance.
Roland Johnson put on a show for the scouts on the bench press. The defensive lineman notched 40 reps on the 225-pound bench press, which would have led all defensive players at the recent NFL Combine and would have been second overall.
Baltazar did 27 reps on the bench press and ran a 4.44 forty, while Manuel also impressed with a 4.53 forty, 37-in vertical and 10.6 broad jump.
Hageman and Vereen, who were standouts at the combine, participated in position drills only.
Former Gophers Traye Simmons, Troy Stoudermire and Adam Weber also worked out for the NFL teams.
Gophers Headed To NFL
The Gophers had two players – Eric Murray and De’Vondre Campbell – selected in the NFL Draft on Saturday.
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Three Gophers Honored by NFF
Christenson, Mortell, Thomas awarded for outstanding academics by the National Football Foundation