UK Pro Day 2019
By Nick Roush on ©April 08th, 2019 @ 5:00pm
Delayed by health problems, a pair of former Wildcats had to wait until today to complete an NFL Pro Day.
This morning Mike Edwards and C.J. Conrad participated in position and combine style drills in front of NFL personnel at Kentucky’s Joe Craft Football Training Facility. Completely healed from a broken thumb, Edwards unofficially ran a 4.5 40-yard dash and posted a 37-inch vertical leap.
Cleared to participate in all football activities following a cardiovascular scare, Conrad unofficially ran a a 4.7 40-yard dash, a mark that would have tied him for seventh among all tight ends at the NFL Combine. His 21 bench press reps would have been the sixth-best mark if he did not get sent home from Indianapolis.
He has since been cleared. CJ: "I'm trying to get my name back out there." pic.twitter.com/rVtKaI7340
— Alex Walker (@AlexWalkerTV) April 8, 2019
As you saw in the video, Jack Pilgrim was representing KSR at Pro Day pt. 2. Before he checks in later with more, take a look at Edwards and Conrad’s final unofficial numbers.
By Nick Roush on ©March 25th, 2019 @ 10:45pm
While many of you were busy fretting over P.J. Washington’s injured foot, Kentucky football players were making money. Personnel from all 32 NFL teams were in attendance for UK Pro Day 2019, and now that I’ve had some time to digest what went down at the Joe Craft Football Training Facility Friday morning, I can safely say it was one of my favorite experiences on the job.
On New Year’s Day we saw the culmination of the players’ hard work in the form of a Citrus Bowl win. For some, Friday morning gave them a chance to prove to NFL officials how much they are worth. For everybody else, it was a comic-con for football nerds. Before I nerd out, here’s who made serious money.
There Goes Lonnie
Not many of the players who attended the NFL Combine attempted to improve their numbers at UK Pro Day. Benny Snell retried the vertical leap, Darius West ran the 3 cone drill and Derrick Baity and Lonnie Johnson Jr. ran the 40-yard dash.
Johnson captured every scouts’ attention at the Senior Bowl. His size and physicality set him apart from the rest of the pack. The only question mark on Lonnie’s rap-sheet was his speed. Confident he could post a 4.4 40-yard dash, he failed to meet that mark at the NFL Combine, coming in at 4.52. Unlike the laser-timed combine, pro day times are all clocked by hand. The slowest time was 4.45, with his best cracking a new milestone at 4.39.
When I saw the time on my stopwatch, my jaw dropped. I turned to Freddie Maggard who was wide-eyed in disbelief. NFL scouts shared that sentiment. The once quiet bleachers were buzzing with conversation until the next participant went to the line. Days later they’re still talking about it.
Might have been a record number of top NFL personnel men for a @UKFootball pro day last week. And they saw CB Lonnie Johnson (6-2, 210) put on a show. I think he has chance now to go Round 1 with teammate Josh Allen. Tall corner with speed (4.45 40).
— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) March 25, 2019
If you thought people were shocked at Johnson’s time, they were floored when Westry crossed the finish line. The undeniable MVP of UK Pro Day, as soon as Westry exploded out of his stance, you know something crazy was happening. Vince Marrow’s reaction sums it up best:
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) March 22, 2019
On Westry’s second attempt he ran a 4.37, no big deal. His vertical leap may have been more impressive than either run. The cornerback nearly cleared the entire rack on his second jump. His teammates could not have been happier.
Chris Westry’s teammates went nuts when he jumped 38 inches in the vertical leap. pic.twitter.com/9RWtMGQYnZ
— Nick Roush (@RoushKSR) March 22, 2019
After an excellent start to his Kentucky career, Westry failed to finish with a bang. Even so, his athleticism is undeniably amazing, especially for a 6’4″ cornerback. His raw numbers will get him a shot at playing for an NFL team, whether it’s as a late round draft pick or a free agent, somebody is going to take a chance on Westry.
Eli Capilouto, Cheerleader
Before Kentucky’s president departed for the NCAA women’s basketball tournament in Raleigh, Eli Capilouto stopped by the Nutter Field House to supports UK’s outgoing seniors. Capilouto wasn’t just making an appearance, he was cheering on the Wildcats.
Seated on the turf near the finish line, I heard somebody behind me say under their breath, “Come on George. Beat five seconds. Come on!”
When I turned around, I was surprised to see Capilouto was the person cheering on “Big” George Asafo-Adjei. I wasn’t surprised to hear Capilouto cheering on the players. I was surprised he knew what George needed to surpass. After posting a 5.03 in his first 40-yard dash, a sub-five second 40 would make him one of the fastest offensive linemen in the draft.
With a little help from President Capilouto, Big George ran a 4.93. Compared to those who were invited to the NFL Combine, he would have been the fourth-fastest offensive lineman.
Big George’s 40-yard dash wasn’t even his best drill. The offensive tackle logged 34 benchpress reps, rather easily too, which would have tied him for second at the NFL Combine. He also had a 30-inch vertical leap. That’s a half-inch higher than Benny Snell, and George is a hair shy of 6’5″ 300 pounds. Incredible.
Right Where C.J. Conrad Belongs
It’s difficult to articulate how great it was to see C.J. Conrad back on the football field with a smile on his face. A consummate professional and an excellent teammate, even though he was limited to just route running, his energy was infectious. Just watch him while Big George hits the bench.
That enthusiasm is the perfect reflection of Conrad’s character. When I spoke to Conrad after he picked up a sweat on the football field, he spoke about the tumultuous two and a half weeks where his football future was up in the air. He was distraught not because of what could potentially be lost. He was heartbroken for his parents. Thinking of others first, that’s the kind of guy C.J. Conrad is.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©March 22nd, 2019 @ 9:15pm
Today was a huge day for the Kentucky football program, as representatives from all 32 NFL teams were in attendance to see 16 former Wildcats participate at UK’s annual Pro Day.
After the event, Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops, along with several players, talked with the media about the event and how they felt it went.
More specifically, Mark Stoops talked about how big this day is for our program, which players raised their stock, and why Josh Allen should be the No. 1 pick.
Linebacker Josh Allen talked about why he decided to not participate in any testing or drills, how happy he is to be in attendance supporting his former teammates, and what he feels about his current NFL Draft stock.
Tight end CJ Conrad talked about how tough these last few weeks have been for him, how he feels now that he’s been cleared to play, and how happy he was to work out in front of scouts today.
Running back Benny Snell discussed his decision to not participate in any testing, what he thought about his NFL Combine performance, and why he feels so confident in his abilities.
And finally, cornerback Chris Westry talked about his impressive performance today, how glad he was to be able to perform at a high level in front of NFL scouts, the feedback he’s receiving, and his expectations moving forward.