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    NFL Scouts Put Seven Illini Through The Paces

    March 15, 2006


    AUDIO - DB James Cooper on Pro Timing Day
    AUDIO - Chicago Bears Scout Jeff Shiver on Pro Timing Day
    AUDIO - LB J Leman on winter conditioning, spring break and upcoming spring practice
    AUDIO - Former Illini DB Kelvin Hayden on Pro Timing Day and his first season in the NFL

    Seven Illinois seniors went through a battery of tests at Memorial Stadium and at the Irwin Indoor Football Facility Wednesday at the team's annual Pro Timing Day.

    The Orange and Blue was represented by DB James Cooper, FB Jason Davis, WR Kendrick Jones, DT Ryan Matha, DB Morris Virgil. P/K Steve Weatherford and DB Travis Williams.

    Scouts spent the early morning viewing videotapes of the player's collegiate performances, while the players opened up the day's festivities by taking the Wonderlic Personnel Test.

    Then it was off to the weight room, where the heights and body weights were measured, as well as their vertical jump and the number of times they could bench press 225 pounds.

    The actual testing took place in the Irwin Indoor Football Facility. The athletes performed the standing broad jump and the 60-yard dash, in addition to a number of agility drills.


    The players started the day by taking the famed Wonderlic Personnel Test.

    DB Morris Virgil is all smiles as he waits his turn to be measured.

    The NFL scouts are meticulous in how they measure the players. Accuracy and consistency are key. Here, it's Jason Davis who finds out exactly how he "measures up."

    The pro personnel people also like to know how long the players' arms are. WR Kendrick Jones is shown being measured by Matt Terpening of the Indianapolis Colts.

    DB James Cooper stretches in preparation for the vertical jump test.

    DB Travis Williams shows his "hops."

    DT Ryan Matha is tested on the bench press. The players are graded on how many times they're able to press 225 pounds.

    Tony Pashos was among three former Illini who were in attendance at Wednesday's pro timing day. Pashos, an offensive lineman with the Baltimore Ravens, was on hand, as was ex-Bears QB Kurt Kittner and DB Kelvin Hayden of the Indianapolis Colts.

    Jason Davis does his best to impress the scouts with his speed in the 540-yard dash.

    Andy Dengler of the Jacksonville Jaguars measures Morris Virgil's flexibility.

    Ryan Matha is in position to start the shuttle, which shows the player's quickness and lateral agility.

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