The University at Buffalo held its "Pro Day'' inside the Bills Fieldhouse Thursday. No one was sure how many NFL scouts were there because some of them weren't wearing team apparel. But I counted about a dozen teams in the house.
Many of them came to see two guys in particular: cornerback Josh Thomas and safety Davonte Shannon.
Thomas had a terrific showing at the NFL Scouting Combine and could have rested on that. But he opted to participate Thursday and didn't disappoint.
He lowered his 40-yard dash from the combine from 4.46 seconds to 4.43. He also improved in the vertical (from 38.5 inches to 40 inches) and broad jumps (10-6 to 10.8) recorded in Indianapolis.
It says a lot about Thomas' competitiveness that he was willing to work out again. He positioned himself as a likely sixth- or seventh-round draft pick.
Shannon was counting on a good 40 time to improve his stock, but a pulled hamstring on his second attempt ended his day. His only recorded time ranged from 4.58 seconds to 4.65 seconds, according to the scout's stopwatches.
He did make a good impression before getting hurt with a 41 1/2-inch vertical leap, a 10-6 broad jump and 18 reps on the 225-pound bench press. It was believed he needed to run under 4.6 seconds to improve his chances of being drafted. But a guy who was productive as Shannon was (four-time All-MAC, UB's career tackles leader), he'll be in some team's training camp this summer.
Other Bulls who looked pretty good was cornerback Dominic Cook, who ran the 40 in the mid-4.5 range and benched 225 pounds 18 times. He also showed good feet in positional drills. Cornerback Sherrod Lott did some good things in positional work.
The most impressive bench press was turned in by running back Brandon Thermilus, who did 31 reps. Linebacker Justin Winters had 20 reps, the same as guard Peter Bittner.
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