March 10, 2010
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MADISON, Wis. -- In front of scouts from various NFL teams, six former Badgers worked out at Wisconsin’s Pro Day on Wednesday afternoon at the McClain Center.
Garrett Graham, Jeff Stehle, Jaevery McFadden, Mickey Turner, Chris Maragos and Dan Moore all participated in drills, while fellow 2009 senior O’Brien Schofield was in attendance but did not participate due to a knee injury.
The event began around 12:30 p.m. in the weight room where the players had their "measurables," recorded, including height, weight, hand size, wingspan and reach.
They then proceeded to the practice field and, after warming up, begin the physical tests. Those included the 40-yard dash, broad jump, vertical jump, sprint agility, pro agility, long shuttle (skill players) and the 225-pound bench press. Once those were finished, the group broke up to do some individual position drills for specific scouts that wanted to see them up close.
The experience was different for many of the players.
For Schofield, he didn’t get a chance to show his physical abilities so he had to showcase himself in other ways.
“Knowing I couldn’t do anything physical, I knew my mental presentation had to be there,” he said to reporters. “That’s how I approached it. Every interview I had to give them my best and be honest and let them know exactly what they were going to get in O’Brien Schofield.”
Certain reports have possibly linked Schofield to the Green Bay Packers. Schofield joked that it wouldn’t be a far move, but ultimately he’d be willing to go anywhere.
“Wherever I get drafted though, whether it’s in a 4-3 scheme playing defensive end, outside linebacker, cornerback, whatever they want me to do, I’ll do it,” he added.
For players like McFadden and Maragos, they were not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, so Wednesday’s Pro Day was their biggest chance to impress scouts.
Both players felt they performed well.
“I feel really good,” said McFadden, who was told he likely would be a late-round pick or a rookie free agent. “I thought I tested out pretty well as far as what I can do and got some good feedback from the scouts and coaching staffs. A scout from Philadelphia called in when he wasn’t even here, so it was a pretty good day today.”
Maragos has been training at a facility in Milwaukee called NX Level. He too thought the hard work paid off.
“I was really pleased,” Maragos said of his day. “That was definitely what I wanted to come out and do. My 40 was good; they had me in the 4.4s, so that was really good. My shuttles were great. The biggest thing for me to is that I wanted to come out and do position work and felt really confident in that. I got good feedback from all the scouts. I just wanted to come out here and showcase what I got.”
The story was a little different for Graham. He did receive an invite to the Combine, so he did not participate in all drills.
“I feel comfortable,” he said. “I’m sure the other guys were a little bit nervous, but I’ve seen most of these scouts and had interviews with them so it just made that easier.”
That said, he’s still not sure what lies ahead or where he may end up.
“I’ve interviewed with a bunch of teams, but it’s really hard to tell at this point who’s interested,” Graham added. “Hopefully I’ll get more feedback as we get closer to the draft.”