Hawkeyes Show Off Their Talents at Annual Pro Day

March 26, 2018

Written by Rob Howe

IOWA CITY, Iowa – As a group, the Hawkeyes felt they put their best foot forward Monday during their annual pro day here at the football performance center. The NFL scouts filled up the facility with 31 of 32 teams sending representation.

Cornerback Josh Jackson and linebacker Josey Jewell, both unanimous first-team all-Americans this past season, reportedly improved their 40-yard dash times from what they ran at last month’s combine in Indianapolis. The media was not provided testing results on Monday.

Jewell said he ran it in 4.68 seconds on Monday, an improvement over the 4.82 he logged at the combined. Jackson did not partake in interviews here Monday and there were mixed reports on his time. They were better than the 4.56 in Indianapolis.

Blair Sanderson of Hawkeye Report Tweeted that Jackson ran 4.52 and 4.54. Tony Pauline of DraftAnalyst.com reported that Jackson’s times were in the 4.4s.

It remains to be seen how the pre-draft testing will impact where Jackson, Jewell and the rest of the Hawkeye prospects are selected. There’s a lot of information out there predicting how the draft will go, but usually those that matter, the NFL player personnel people, say very little, if anything.

Iowa offensive lineman Sean Welsh, who participated in the Senior Bowl, the combine and the pro day, said it best Monday when asked how he felt he performed during the process.

“I don’t know if I’m the one to judge that. I thought I’ve done well, but that’s up to folks who will make the decision. I’ve got some positive feedback but these guys do a really good job of really kind of having a poker face. They don’t give you a whole lot to go off of,” he said.

Iowa linebacker Ben Niemann wasn’t invited to the Senior Bowl or the combine. He took advantage of Monday’s pro day opportunity. He posted a 4.60 40.

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“I’m happy with it. Testing only goes so far, though. A lot of it us on tape and in meeting with teams,” he said.

Niemann, Jewell and fellow Hawkeye linebacker Bo Bower met with New England Patriots scouts as group after the pro day. Jewell and Niemann started for three years in college with Bower joining them for the last two seasons.

James Daniels, like Jackson a junior leaving early and expected to be a high-round pick, didn’t take part in any testing on Monday. He participated on offensive line drills after testing well at the combine.

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Daniels was interviewed by quite a few teams at the combine. He said Monday that he has set up visits with the Cowboys, Broncos, Rams, 49ers, Bears, Panthers and the Eagles during April.

Ike Boettger and Boone Myers, a pair of offensive linemen who saw their senior seasons wiped out by injuries, were recovered and participated on Monday.

“For coming off an injury, I felt like I did pretty good,” Myers said.

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Said Boettger: “I felt like I did good for being six months out of surgery. I think I proved to myself and everybody out there that I’m going to be healthy. I’m going to be where I was at before I got hurt.”

The Iowa program usually releases the testing results vial social media in the coming days. We’ll be sure to round them up and post them on HN.

Until then, check out what 12 of the Hawkeyes had to say about Monday’s pro day in this HN TV video:

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