'Dores impress scouts at Pro Day

March 16, 2017

Nashville - Several former Commodores likely saw their chances of a future in the National Football League improve Thursday by impressing at Vanderbilt Pro Day.

Eleven former standouts participated in the activity, which mirrors strength, speed and agility tests administered at the NFL Scouting Combine. More than 60 pro personnel from 26 teams attended the private workout in Vanderbilt's indoor facility.

Defensive linemen Torey Agee, Adam Butler and Nehemiah Mitchell, offensive linemen Barrett Gouger, Will Holden and Andrew Jelks, linebackers Zach Cunningham and Ja'karri Thomas, receivers Latevius Rayford and Darrius Sims, and cornerback Torren McGaster worked out in front of the NFL contingent. Cunningham and Holden, who attended the NFL Combine two weeks ago, were the least active Commodores, limiting their participation to agility tests and position drills.

Cunningham, the unanimous first team All-America, was guided through position drills by a collection of coaches that included New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. Cunningham and Thomas were put through a strenuous 30-minute workout.

"I'm pretty pleased with how everything went today. I was able to show my athleticism to all the scouts and I feel like the reaction was positive," Cunningham said. "I'm also happy for all the guys because I felt like they did a really good job of making the most of this opportunity."

Jelks, who hasn't played a snap in two years after suffering back-to-back knee injuries, went through every drill to show scouts that he was on the road to full recovery. Jelks posted a 29-inch vertical jump, ran an unofficial 5.27 40-yard dash, and 21 repetitions of the 225-pound bench press.

Agee and Butler both had impressive results. Agee did 24 bench press repetitions, the most of any Commodore, and posted two sub-5.0 times in the 40-yard dash. Butler had 23 bench press reps, and did well in agility tests and position drills.

McGaster and Sims were the fastest Commodores in the 40, clocking unofficial times of 4.48 and 4.49, respectively.

Rayford's 36" vertical jump and 10'2" standing long jump topped all participants.



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