2014 Pro Days: Trio of Wolverines star at Michigan Pro Day
With star offensive tackle Taylor Lewan electing to stand on his Combine numbers, the pressure was on other Wolverines to jump up and seize the attention. Several -- including wideout Jeremy Gallon, safety Thomas Gordon and offensive tackle Michael Schofield -- did precisely that.
In front of representatives from 29 NFL teams a trio of former Michigan Wolverines demonstrated exciting athleticism during Wednesday's Pro Day, improving their chances at getting drafted.
Michigan's top-rated prospect, first round cinch Taylor Lewan, was not among them, as the highly regarded offensive tackle elected to stand on his impressive showing at the Combine and instead participate only in positional drills. Considering that some clocked him as fast as 4.79 seconds in the 40-yard dash at 6-foot-7, 309 pounds in Indianapolis, Lewan's lack of participation in timed drills Wednesday was expected.
Wideout Jeremy Gallon built upon his own sparkling showing in Indianapolis during the Pro Day workout, however, recording a 10-10" broad jump and a 39.5" vertical -- explosiveness which complements the 4.49-second 40-yard dash he ran at the Combine.
At just 5-foot-7 (1/2), 184 pounds, Gallon lacks the size scouts would prefer and he is competing against a receiver group that is as deep and talented as any position in the draft. He's a proven playmaker who recorded a career-high 80 receptions for 1,284 yards and nine scores as a senior and could prove a steal if still on the board in the late rounds.
While Gallon's production steadily increased as the Wolverines shifted to a pass-friendly offense under head coach Brady Hoke, running back Fitzgerald Toussaint watched his yards-per-rush average drop each of the past four seasons. As such, it was critical to his draft stock that he impress during Wednesday's workout. Fortunately for Toussaint that is precisely what he did, matching Gallon's Combine with a 4.49-second 40-yard dash of his own, according to Michigan's official athletic website.
Along with Touissant's surprising speed, he recorded solid times in the 3-cone drill (6.59) and short shuttle (4.10), posted a 35.5" vertical jump and lifted the bar 24 times in the bench press.
Four-year starting safety Thomas Gordon also enjoyed a strong performance Wednesday, recording a 40.5" vertical jump, as well as a 4.49-second 40-yard dash amd 4.10 second short shuttle of his own.
"That was my best vertical jump ever," Gordon told MGoBlue.com. "Today can be looked at as pressure or you can look at having all of these people out here as an advantage. Having all of these people watch helped me focus on each event in and give it my all."
One final result of note was the improvement shown by Michigan's "other" tackle, Michael Schofield, a Combine invitee who soared a full 15 inches longer during his Pro Day attempt at the broad jump than he did in Indianapolis.
Schofield ranked second to last among offensive linemen (ahead of only Baylor's Cyril Richardson) with a 7'8" broad jump at the Combine. On Wednesday, he made it to nine feet, which would have matched two highly athletic tackles in Boise State's Charles Leno, Jr. and North Dakota State's Billy Turner for sixth among the 38 offensive linemen tested in Indianapolis.
Lewan led all offensive linemen in this event at the Combine with a broad jump of 9'9".
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