March 7, 2013
Bronx, N.Y. -
In what is becoming a rite of March in the Bronx, the Fordham University football program hosted its NFL Pro Day on Wednesday, March 6, where seven Rams had a chance to showcase their talents to the NFL scouts.
Seven Rams participated in Fordham's 2013 Pro Day: quarterback Ryan Higgins, defensive lineman Stephen George, defensive back Brendan Melanophy, offensive lineman Lloyd Morrison, kicker Patrick Murray, wide receiver Nick Talbert and wide receiver Greg Wilson. Mike Martin was also slated to compete but declined due to injury.
The seven Rams were joined by eleven other players from eight other schools, including Marist, Columbia and Albany.
The NFL scouts ran the players through various drills, which started with recording height, weight, hand size and arm length. After the measurements were recorded, the players had a chance to bench press 225 pounds as many times as possible in the Walsh Athletic Training Center. Morrison led all competitors with 35 reps while George was second with 26.
The group then moved into the Lombardi Fieldhouse for the 40-yard dash, vertical jump and broad jump drills.
The 40-yard dash was conducted using a hand start and a laser finish, similar to the method used at the NFL combine. Fordham utilizes the Brower Speed Trap Timing System .
Wilson turned in the top 40-yard time with a 4.49 clocking while Melanophy was right behind him with a 4.50, the fastest among all defensive backs present. Both Rams also had the fastest 10-yard time with a 1.58.
In the vertical jump, Melanophy easily out jumped the competition with a jump of 36", 2.5" better than Kean's Darius Kinney and Albright's Scott Pillar. Wilson also surpassed the 30" mark with a jump of 31.5".
Melanophy paced the field in the broad jump with a leap of 10' 6", while the only other player to hit the ten-foot mark was Kinney with a 10-foot jump. Wilson came up just short, with a 9' 9" bound.
Participants moved out to Murphy Field for the agility drills and were greeted by a strong, cold northerly wind. Despite the conditions, Wilson breezed through the pro agility drill in 4.04 seconds, tops among the players, while Melanophy clocked a 4.28, the fourth best time of the day.
In the three cone L drill, Wilson again led all players with a 7.08 finish, while Melanophy turned in a 7.34.
The day ended with Higgins throwing for the scouts, which began in a steady, cold rain. He threw to Wilson and Fordham teammate Blake Wayne.