I’m not there, but I will be tuning in on TV throughout the day, just like yesterday. If you missed the action on Saturday, here’s a running post of what happened.
Today is workout day for Hokies wide receivers Marcus Davis and Corey Fuller. The duo did the bench press Saturday. Davis’ 19 reps were sixth-most among receivers.
As for offensive linemen Vinston Painter and Nick Becton, both look like they had decent days on Saturday. Here are their workout numbers, with their rank among offensive linemen listed in parentheses:
– Painter: 4.95-second 40 (t-4th), 32 reps bench press (t-5th), 30.5-inch vertical (4th), 97-inch broad jump (t-33rd), 7.71-second 3-cone drill (17th), 4.56-second 20-yard shuttle (6th).
– Becton: 5.20-second 40 (t-19th), 19 reps bench press (40th), 29.5-inch vertical (t-8th), 109-inch broad jump (t-8th), 7.77-second 3-cone drill (t-19th), 4.57-second 20-yard shuttle (7th).
That’s about everything you would expect out of Painter, who has always looked. Some called him a riser after Saturday. Here’s what USA Today’s Tony Pauline wrote about Painter:
The 306-pounder flew to 4.95 40-time. Painter also pushed up 32 reps on the bench, a mark which was better than expected. He was slightly inconsistent during position drills yet the arrow is pointing North for Painter, a lineman who started just one season at Virginia Tech.
As NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said repeatedly, though, a player’s body of work — college resume and position drill performance — is a lot more important than sheer workout numbers. Painter might not shoot up draft boards, but at the very least he made teams take note of him.
Check back periodically today for updates.
9:22 a.m.: Davis and Fuller just ran their first 40 times (back-to-back, no less). Fuller clocked a 4.38. Davis ran a 4.40. Those are unofficial times.
Remember, Davis did that at 233 pounds, heaviest of the wide receivers. West Virginia’s Tavon Austin and Texas’ Marquise Goodwin unofficially ran 4.25 times. They’re 174 and 183 pounds, respectively.
Mayock gave the expected breakdown of the two, pointing out Davis’ impressive physical numbers but noting that his effort comes into question. He said Fuller is a late-bloomer who generated “buzz” at the East-West Shrine Game.
9:41 a.m.: Davis and Fuller ran a second time. Davis had a 4.53 time, which was slower. Fuller ran a 4.37, a slight improvement.
Fuller has the third-fastest time of the receivers so far. Davis is fifth. All of this is unofficial, remember, so times will be adjusted later.
Mayock had some concern about Fuller being a “long-strider.” He said it’s tougher for receivers to get out of breaks if that’s how they run.
9:56 a.m.: Here are the best unofficial 40 times from the first group of receivers:
- 4.25 seconds — Tavon Austin, West Virginia
- 4.25 seconds — Marquise Goodwin, Texas
- 4.37 seconds — Corey Fuller, Virginia Tech
- 4.38 seconds — Josh Boyce, TCU
- 4.40 seconds — Marcus Davis, Virginia Tech
11:22 a.m.: The receivers have been doing positional drills, which are hard to quantify, and the other workout numbers haven’t been updated. As soon as I see something, I’ll post it.
In the meantime, here’s the return column of Roanoke columnist Aaron McFarling, who chronicles his recent health scare and the outpouring of support he received in today’s paper.
12:36 p.m.: The NFL has the official 40 times out (the first ones are hand-timed; these are electronic).
Fuller is listed at 4.43 seconds, which is tied for seventh among receivers with converted Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson.
Davis saw a bigger drop when the electronic times came out. His official time was 4.56 seconds, putting him in a tie for 26th among receivers.
12:45 p.m.: The vertical leap numbers are in and Davis was at the top. His 39.5-inch vertical leap was tied for first among receivers with Tennessee’s Justin Hunter (a fellow Virginia Beach native) and Tennessee Tech’s Da’Rick Rogers.
Fuller had a 31.5-inch vertical, which was near the bottom of the receivers who participated.
Both Davis and Fuller had 120-inch broad jumps, which were middle of the pack. It puts them in a tie for 16th.
1:02 p.m.: For those, like myself, wondering how 40 times can vary so much with electronic timing, Mayock on the NFL Network offered some insight. He said the “official” times are only half electronic. The finish is an electronic sensor. The start time is still done by hand. So as “official” as the NFL claims these times are, there’s still probably some variance there.
3:54 p.m.: Here’s the last of the receiver updates.
Davis had a 7.15-second time in the three-cone drill, which was tied for slowest of the receivers who participated. Fuller didn’t do that drill.
Neither Davis nor Fuller did the 20-yard or 60-yard shuttle.
5:29 p.m.: One more update for the day: Linebacker Bruce Taylor did the bench press. He had 19 reps of 225 pounds, putting him tied for 18th among linebackers. Taylor will do the rest of his workouts Monday.