Corbin Bryant, others wow scouts at Northwestern timing day
By Tina Akouris firstname.lastname@example.org
Defensive end Corbin Bryant hasn’t played a down of football since New Year’s Day, when Northwestern lost to Texas Tech in the TicketCity Bowl in Dallas. And it took awhile for him to admit he was nervous before taking part in NFL timing day Tuesday in Evanston.
But Bryant’s nerves certainly didn’t show in the bench press. He did 31 reps of 225 pounds, the most of any Wildcats participant.
‘‘I’ve gotten some good feedback [from the NFL scouts in attendance],’’ said Bryant, who didn’t start playing football until his senior year at Morgan Park High School. ‘‘They said I looked good running out there. They ask about your past, whether you have been in trouble. I’m lucky enough to have a clean record, so they know I’m a good guy.’’
Bryant said he has workouts with the Bears, New England Patriots and Jacksonville Jaguars set up in the coming weeks.
Representatives from 28 of the NFL’s 32 teams attended timing day. Those who didn’t send scouts or coaches were the Patriots, New York Jets, Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys.
With NFL labor uncertainty looming, players were trying not to worry about whether there will be a lockout. The first round of the draft is scheduled for April 28.
‘‘I just blocked out the [NFL’s] future and just worried about what I was doing [in the drills],’’ linebacker Quentin Davie said. ‘‘I try not to even worry about that.’’
Another NU player participating in timing day was kicker Stefan Demos, who had offseason surgery on his left hip. Demos made his first 12 field goals from inside 45 yards but came up short on two 50-yard attempts.
‘‘I wasn’t expecting to be able to kick by this time after the surgery,’’ Demos said. ‘‘I had to get a bone removed from my hip, and I had been rehabbing the last six to eight weeks back [home] in Arizona. My mobility is good, and I just have to work on my strength now.’’