Wisconsin pro day notes

Alex Lewis

Five Badgers and three additional athletes worked out for NFL scouts Wednesday afternoon

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Wisconsin Pro Prospects

 

Player Height Weight 40-yard dash Bench (reps at 225) Vertical jump Broad jump
Alex Lewis 5-11 1/4 228 4.50 25* 41 1/2 10-5
Jeff Mack 6-0 241 4.70 16 31 1/2 9-1
Jim Sorgi 6-3 207 4.63 NA 32 1/2 10-0
Lee Evans 5-11 195 4.31* NA 35* 10-0*
Ryan Aiello 6-0^ 195^ 13 31 1/2 9-1

*score  from NFL Combine
^unofficial

Eight athletes took part in Wisconsin's pro day workouts Wednesday afternoon – the five Badger seniors listed in the chart above and three from other programs: Ben Nauman, a 6-3, 188-pound safety from Augustana College in South Dakota, Casey Cramer, a 6-1 1/2, 243-pound tight end from Middleton, Wis. who played at Dartmouth, and UW-Stevens Point quarterback Scott Krause.

 

Though a rather large contingent of current Wisconsin players was in attendance to watch the events, not a single underclassmen worked out for the pro scouts, of which there were many. Approximately 50 NFL coaches or scouts milled about the McClain Center turf Wednesday. At the very least, the following NFL teams were represented:

 

Carolina Panthers

Chicago Bears

Green Bay Packers

Cincinnati Bengals

Kansas City chiefs

Indianapolis Colts

Baltimore Ravens

Minnesota Vikings

Jacksonville Jaguars

Detroit Lions

New York Jets

Pittsburgh Steelers

New York Giants

San Francisco 49ers

Houston Texans

Miami Dolphins

 

 

The Giants sent along general manager Ernie Accorsi, while offensive coordinator Sherman Lewis was part of the Detroit Lions' contingent.

 

Green Bay was well represented with offensive coordinator Tom Rossley, quarterbacks coach Darrell Bevell, receivers coach Ray Sherman and linebackers coach Mark Duffner all in attendance.

 

Wisconsin linebacker Alex Lewis was the showstopper and quarterback Jim Sorgi and receiver Lee Evans also had very impressive workouts. Lewis and Jeff Mack did some extra work with Duffner after the regular sprints, jumps, lifts and position drills were complete.

 

Evans competed in the 3-cone drill, 20-yard shuttle and 60-yard shuttle after completing the 40 and the jumps at the Combine. He ran well Wednesday and was quite impressive running pass patterns, showing his explosiveness coming in and out of breaks.

 

Sorgi seemed to enjoy firing passes to Evans again. He made his throws with authority, rifling the ball to his target for each of the throws the NFL scouts asked him to perform.

 

Though a time was unavailable, Nauman reportedly had the fastest 60-yard shuttle of the players who took part Wednesday. He also recorded 15 repetitions with the standard 225 pound weight in the bench press, scored a 34" vertical leap and broad jumped 9-10.

 

Cramer had 21 bench press reps, a 32" vertical a 9'2" broad and a 4.69 in the 40. Krause had a 9'9" broad and a 31 ½" vertical.

 

After the drills and exercises were complete, a Baltimore Ravens scout took Nauman and Cramer aside and had them do an agility drill that was unlike the others they had been working on. Cramer said afterward that the scout wanted to test them in a drill that they could not have practiced for.

 

In addition to Bevell, of course, former Badgers Wendell Bryant, Ben Johnson, Cecil Martin and Matt Unertl were in attendance.

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