Penn State linebacker Navarro Bowman had a lot riding on his Pro Day performance today after struggling a bit at the Combine. The 6-0, 242 pound outside linebacker was clocked at 4.74 in the 40-yard dash and only posted a 29.5" vertical jump in Indianapolis.
Bowman looked much more athletic today, running the 40-yard dash in 4.61 seconds, according to sources in attendance.
Bowman wasn't the only one who helped himself. Fellow all-conference linebacker Sean Lee was timed in the mid 4.5s in the 40-yard dash.
Defensive tackle Jared Odrick also impressed, clocking in at at 4.93 seconds.
The most impressive all-around performance was put forth by tight end Mickey Shuler, Jr, who was not invited to the 2010 Combine.
Shuler, the son of former Penn State standout and NFL veteran Mickey Shuler (New York Jets, Philadelphia), wasn't particularly productive for the Nittany Lions. He caught only 27 passes over his career for 300 yards and 3 touchdowns.
While his numbers are hardly eye-popping, that might be the way to describe his workout Wednesday.
The 6-4, 251 pounder clocked in at 4.61 seconds in the 40-yard dash, a 37.5" vertical jump and a 10'11 broad jump. He also posted 28 repetitions of the bench press, a time of 4.25 seconds in the short shuttle and a 6.7 seconds in the 3-cone. All would have ranked among the elite results posted by any tight end at the Combine.