Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Job interview day for 2015 UConn seniors

Just wrapped up nearly three hours of watching, interviewing and shooting video of UConn's pro day.

While there weren't as many scouts as last year when Byron Jones brought out representatives from nearly every team as well as a pair of head coaches, more than 20 NFL teams and the Major League Baseball's Kansas City Royals (who certainly deserve credit for thinking outside the box) made their way to Storrs..

The star of the day was clearly safety Junior Lee. I was standing next to a pair of scouts as Lee walked up for his first of two vertical jumps. "Watch this, this will be a 36" one of them said. Two jumps later and Lee had the best leap of the day at 37 inches and the scout basically delivered a "I told you so" line.

Lee also a 10-6 in the broad jump and 4.50 in the 40. His numbers would have tied him for third in the 40, fourth in the broad jump and fifth in the vertical among safeties had he gone to the NFL scouting combine.

"I came out and performed, exactly what I was striving for," Lee said. "It is amazing, when you are in position and adrenaline starts to rush through your boy, you do better than you thought you could do."

Safety Andrew Adams and defensive lineman Kenton Adeyemi were the two players I thought were at the top of the list of UConn prospects at today's pro day and I think they both did well enough to keep the interest from the pro scouts.

Adams ran 4.54 and 4.53 in the 40, did 24 reps at 225 pounds in the bench press, had a 9-10 broad jump and 32 inches in the vertical (not 37 as I previously posted on Twitter).

Adeyemi had a 31-inch effort in the vertical, 9-5 in the broad jump and a 4.90 40-yard time.

There was a strong showing in the bench press led by Julian Campenni's 31 reps. Adeyemu had 29, Tyler Samra 27, Paul Nwokeji and Marquise Vann 25 each and Adams checked in a 4.

The news wasn't all good. Graham Stewart, who had a 35-inch vertical, tweaked his left hamstring running a 4.68 in the 40 so he didn't do any of the other running events or the position drills. He was obviously devastated to have his day cut short.

"It is tough to really grasp how I feel about it right now," Stewart said. "I am devastated but at the same time I am cheering on these other guys.

"This is kind of your last chance to show what you've got, do your thing. I am sure it means a lot to these other guys, they are doing awesome."
Here are the videos I shot


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