Fourteen Football Players Display Skills at Kent State Pro Day
KENT, Ohio - Scouts from nine different NFL teams came to the Kent State Field House Wednesday to watch 14 former Golden Flashes put their skills to the test at KSU's Pro Day. Defensive standouts Cobrani Mixon, Brian Lainhart and Monte Simmons have drawn the most attention from scouts, but several other Flashes had impressive showings Wednesday.
Mixon and fellow linebacker Dorian Wood set the bar on the bench press, putting 225 pounds up 33 consecutive times each.
Lainhart and linebacker Will Johnson each went 10'5" during the broad jump., going three inches further than any of their teamates. Lainhart and Johnson were joined by defensive back Kirk Belgrave as the top three in the vertical jump. Johnson led the way at 38 inches with Lainhart and Belgrave recording heights of 37.5 inches.
Belgrave was also near the top of the list in the 40-yard dash, clocking in at 4.46 seconds. Wide receiver Anthony Bowman recorded the fastest 40 time at 4.45 seconds.
Lainhart registered the best time in the short shuttle run at 4.18 seconds, slightly better than Kent State's other veteran safety Dan Hartman, who came in at 4.21 seconds.
The fastest time in the long shuttle run went Belgrave in 11.22 seconds, just ahead of running back Eugene Jarvis, who touched the required yard lines in 11.31 seconds.
NFL representatives included the: New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts, New York Giants, Baltimore Ravens, Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Buffalo Bills.
Kent State has 10 former athletes currently on NFL rosters, the most among any Mid-American Conference school. The 2011 NFL Draft will take place April 28-30 at Radio City Music Hall in New York.