University of Kentucky Pro Day

The Kentucky Football team held their annual Pro Day today in front of media and professional football personnel inside of the Joe Craft Center.

Over 15 players were in-action looking to fulfill their NFL dreams, trying to stake their claim to one of the 256 slots in next month’s draft.

Courtney Love, Garrett “Juice” Johnson, Kendall Randolph, and Austin MacGinnis are four of the prospects with the most eyes on them, and they did not disappoint.

Love had an incredible day, posting 24 bench press reps of 225 pounds.  That would have ranked 5th out of all linebackers at the NFL Combine. His 35-inch vertical leap would have been tied for 12th out of all linebackers, and that was achieved weighing in around 240 pounds.

“Juice” showed off the speed that earned his nickname.  He said one time he heard recorded was 4.38 in the forty-yard dash, while also posting an eye-popping 41-inch vertical leap.  Though he only weight in at 169 pounds, his lightning-fast speed definitely caught the eyes of the 17 teams in attendance.

Randolph was one of the more vocal leaders for the team.  In all of the workouts, he was one of the loudest guys cheering on his teammates.  His teammates reciprocated that love in his workouts, and he did not disappoint.  Randolph leaped 35 1/2 inches in his vertical, but that wasn’t all.  I timed him in the 4.4 range on both of his forty-yard dashes, excellent speed for a nickel corner.

Austin MacGinnis, one of the most prolific players in Kentucky history, received a lot of attention form the scouts in attendance.  He didn’t miss one field goal attempt under 60 yards, and said that he’s even better with competition.  We’ll definitely be seeing him on an NFL training camp roster this summer.

Kayaune Ross had a very good day as well, posting a 35-inch vertical along with 20 bench reps of 225 pounds.  He also posted a 4.6 flat forty.

Cole Mosier participated in all of the drills, despite having surgery to repair his torn ACL just seven months ago.  Though athletically he still needs to heal, he put an impressive 28 reps on the bench press.

Matt Elam, a former five-star high school prospect, disappointed in some of the testing areas, including in bench press, where he only racked up 16 reps.

Charles Walker and Charles Moushay were two of the more fun players to watch through the workouts.

Moushay began the day telling scouts what he has had to do to prepare for today, including passing up on a job opportunity, in order to fulfill his dreams.  He posted a 31-inch vertical along with 18 reps on the bench press, while his forty-yard dash was unofficial at the time of this post.

Walker impressed in several workouts, including the 60-yard shuttle, three-cone drill, and the forty-yard dash.  He also posted a very impressive 36-inch vertical on the day.

Punter Matt Panton may have had the most fun on the day, barking out “Let’s Go!” as he finished his bench reps (he posted 7).  Even better, after being told he only ran a 5.01 after his first forty, he screamed “4.9!” at the end of the his second run.  He hit 4.92.

Mike Edwards, Benny Snell Jr., Jordan Jones, and Lynn Bowden were some of the few current ‘Cats in attendance today cheering on their teammates.

Of the teams in attendance, 16 were from the NFL, while one was from the Canadian Football League. The Indianapolis Colts, Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Chargers, New England Patriots, Tennessee Titans. Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants, and Baltimore Ravens were all in attendance today from the NFL, while the CFL was represented by the Saskatchewan Rough Riders.

If this Pro Day is a sign of things to come, next year will tear down the Nutter Field House.  Josh Allen, Edwards, and Snell are all first-round prospects, with many more players expected to get drafted.

For today, though, these young men took another giant step towards their dream of being an NFL player.