Safety Davonte Shannon was the player a lot of NFL scouts came to UB's Pro Day to see on Thursday. Unfortunately, they left without seeing as much as they wanted.
Shannon pulled up near the end of his second 40-yard dash after hurting his left hamstring. He called the injury a "tweak,'' but it was bad enough to prevent him from taking part in individual and position drills.
He was having an outstanding morning at the Bills Fieldhouse before the injury. He wowed scouts with a 41 1/2-inch vertical leap. Only three players jumped higher at the combine and none were defensive backs. He also did a 10-foot, 6-inch broad jump and bench pressed 225 pounds 18 times.
Despite the impressive numbers, scouts wanted to see how Shannon ran after he posted a pedestrian 4.75-second 40 time at last year's Pro Day. He did improve on that Thursday on his only attempt as hand times ranged from 4.58 seconds to 4.65.
Scouts were hoping for a little faster time, some of them saw it was about what they expected.
"It’s a little disappointing because you train so hard since the football season was over to now to really showcase your talents to the scouts,'' said Shannon, who is rated as the 15th-best safety by NFLdraftscout.com. "It’s a bummer, but I’m going to try and stay positive and work on the things I can work on and go from there.''
Besides the physical measurables, Shannon on-field production at UB has to carry some weight. He was four-year starter and the school's all-time leading tackler. He also was named first-team, All-Mid-American Conference four straight years, a few accomplished by only three other players in league history.
It's possible the 6-foot, 211-pounder could be drafted, but it's more likely he'll sign as a free agent.
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