Report on Louisville’s Pro Day

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Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone

The Louisville Cardinals had their football pro day on Wednesday inside the Trager Center, and there were representatives in attendance from all 32 NFL teams. There were three head coaches there: New England’s Bill Belichick, Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin, and Cincinnati’s Marvin Lewis. The cool thing about that to me is that they easily could have been somewhere else since both Alabama and Southern California also had their pro days on Wednesday. I am sure they sent team personnel to those also, but to have any head coaches here is a pretty big deal.

A familiar name was throwing passes to the wide receivers, tight ends, and running backs: Brian Brohm. It would be pretty awesome if he could land somewhere, obviously in a backup role, but in the league nonetheless. Until then, he is still in the Canadian Football League.

Here is a little bit from the official press release from UofL on how some of the players did.

After a brief break in the action, the Cardinals conducted the 40-yard dash in front of the scouts. Wide receiver DeVante Parker, linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin, Charles Gaines and James Sample didn’t run because of their times at the NFL Combine. The Cardinals had a school record 11 players attend the combine in Indianapolis, Ind., on Feb. 17-23.

Linebacker Deiontrez Mount and wide receiver Eli Rogers ran well in the 40-yard dash and the other agility drills.

Tight end Gerald Christian looked solid day after a decent showing at the combine in February. He ran routes with the wide receivers and running backs and caught the ball well.

“I have been hearing from a couple of teams and have workouts set with the Eagles and Cardinals in the next week,” Christian said. “I felt good today. I got my 40-yard time down today, which made me happy. I wanted to show the ability to run good routes, which I think I did that today.”

The day ended with position drills for each group. That’s where projected first-rounder Parker showed why he deserved to be a high pick with his speed and his ability to catch the football in his hands. Parker showed good balance coming out of his routes and looked smooth in his route running.

“I think I ran my routes well,” Parker said. “I really concentrated on my routes and being precise in what I was trying to do. I was pleased with how I performed today and I look forward to the draft coming up next month.”


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