ATHENS, Ga — The annual Georgia NFL Pro Day took place in Athens, Georgia on Tuesday headlined by potential first round picks A.J. Green and Justin Houston.
Former Bulldog great David Pollack alongside Cassidy Hubbarth provided analysis on ESPN3.com throughout the day’s activities.
Scouts from 30 of the 32 NFL teams were represented, San Diego and Minnesota were the only two that were not in attendance. Carolina Panthers GM Marty Hurney was the highest ranking team official in attendance.
Fourteen former Georgia Bulldogs practiced in front of NFL scouts headlined by Justin Houston and A.J. Green.
A.J. Green did not participate in drills such as the 40-yard dash, bench press, shuttle, broad jump, and vertical jump, but did participate in positional drills.
In an interesting twist, NFL scouts were not allowed to be on the sidelines during Green’s wide receiver drills. The reason, the quarterback that was scheduled to throw to him.
Justin Roper, former quarterback of the Oregon Ducks, was scheduled to throw to Green, Kris Durham, and Shaun Chapas.
The problem was that Roper lives 46.2 miles away from Athens, Georgia, and to be able to throw in Georgia’s Pro Day, the quarterback has to live within a 40-mile radius of Athens, Georgia.
Don’t ask me to explain the reasoning behind this rule.
However, Roper was still allowed to throw to Green, Durham, and Chapas, but the NFL scouts were forced to leave the field, and watch the rest of the action on a live stream from ESPN3.com in the Georgia football facility.
Other than that interesting tidbit, not a whole lot went on during Georgia’s Pro Day.
Justin Houston, another potential first round pick, participated in both defensive lineman and linebacker drills.
Houston is a versatile defender, and he has the ability to play a defensive end in the 4-3 scheme, or a outside linebacker in the 3-4 scheme.
Kris Durham weighed in at 216 pounds, performed very well in positional drills, and impressed scouts running an unofficial 4.43 40 yard dash.
Only five players participated in the bench press and Kiante Tripp led the Bulldogs with 24 reps of 225 pounds. Darryl Gamble recorded 22, DeMarcus Dobbs recorded 20, and Durham and Chad Gloer recorded 17.
Besides Green and Houston, other players that participated included: Clint Boling, Shaun Chapas, Vance Cuff, Chris Davis, Josh Davis, Akeen Dent, Demarcus Dobbs, Kris Durham, Darryl Gamble, Chad Gloer, Derek Rich, and Kiante Tripp.
Clint Boling, another top prospect from Georgia who is expected to go in the second or third round, participated in Georgia’s Pro Day.
“Every day is a big day when you get out here in front of all these scouts and everybody,” said offensive lineman Clint Boling. “The combine helped me prepare for this. Got both of them out of the way now, and glad that they’re over now.”
Boling is an offensive lineman, that has versatility to play both guard or tackle in the pros, and Boling said following Pro Day that he does not have a preference to which position he plays.
Coming later today, a look at Georgia’s second spring football practice with quotes from players and Mark Richt.
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