UK Pro Day draws NFL attention

03/12/2015 06:45 PM

The University of Kentucky Pro Day drew plenty of NFL attention this morning. 26 of the 32 NFL teams were represented, including 36 scouts and three head coaches. Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer and Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin were all in attendance.

Bud Dupree was the main reason for the NFL attention, but that gave other UK football players a chance to impress in front of a large group of professional scouts.

Other defensive lineman and linebackers working out included Za’Darius Smith, Mike Evans-Douglas, and TraVaughn Paschal. Eric Dixon, Ashely Lowery and Nate Willis represented the secondary players.

Braylon Heard was joined in the running back group by fullback D.J. Warren and 2013 seniors Ray Sanders and Jonathan George.

Darrian Miller was the only offensive lineman working out, Steven Borden and Ronnie Shields represented tight ends in drills, and Javess Blue and Demarco Robinson were the lone wide receivers.

Kicker Craig McIntosh, who was a senior in 2012, was also at the event.

Dupree participated only in the individual football drills after putting up solid numbers at the NFL Combine. He used Pro Day to showcase his versatility and prove he’s healthy after a minor groin injury.

Meanwhile, Za’Darius Smith used Pro Day to improve his 40 time, and he accomplished that, running a 4.72 today to top his 4.85 at the Combine.

Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops spoke with KSTV during the events to explain why Dupree will be a special player for whatever team drafts him.

Kaci Kust

Kaci is a Production Specialist based out of the Northern Kentucky Spectrum News bureau. When she’s not working at the station she is covering high school sports, Bengals or EKU games for Sports Night, which airs weeknights at 6:30 and 10:30 on Spectrum News. She played basketball for Hope College in Michigan where she earned a degree in journalism. She says if she wasn’t covering athletics for a living, she’d still be up early checking scores and stats. You can get the latest on the Bengals, EKU or high school sports in Northern Kentucky by following Kaci on Twitter @Kacikust.


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