March 21, 2013
STANFORD, Calif. –Twelve former Stanford football players showcased their talents in front of 45 scouts and representatives from all 32 NFL teams as well as a live national ESPN3 audience on Pro Timing Day, held Thursday at the Elliott Practice Fields
Stanford’s participants included: Harold Bernard, Terrence Brown, Alex Debniak,Zach Ertz, Jamal-Rashad Patterson, Sam Schwartzstein, Terrence Stephens, Stepfan Taylor,Drew Terrell, Chase Thomas, Levine Toilolo and Daniel Zychlinski.
The day consisted of classroom testing, weight room evaluations, on-field speed and agility drills and football specific position drills. Pro Timing Day at Stanford operates with a similar format to The NFL Combine held annually in Indianapolis each February.
Former NFL stars Joe Montana and Brent Jones were also on site to watch the numerous impact players from Stanford’s Rose Bowl Game winning team.
What was clear to those in attendance was that every player in attendance improved upon his performance from the NFL Combine or answered questions that needed addressing coming into the day’s testing.
Along with a 38.5 showing in the vertical jump, Harold Bernard had the day’s best times in the 40-yard dash, with an average timing of 4.53, and the 10 split with a 1.57.
Terrence Brown helped himself overall with impressive numbers across the board; A 36.5 vertical jump was followed by a 10 foot 2 broad jump, the fastest 60-yard shuttle time (11.41) and the closest grouping of 10 splits at 1.61 and 1.63.
Alex Debniak had a great all-around day and perhaps helped himself the most among players who did not attend the NFL Combine. He also showed himself to be extremely versatile, working out as a linebacker, showing soft hands on pass routes as a potential fullback, and providing looks for teammates in their position-specific drills as well. Debniak logged the day’s best mark with a 10 foot 3 broad jump and he was also impressive in the 40-yard dash with most scout watches showing in the low 4.6 range and several in the 4.5.
Jamal-Rashad Patterson completed was one of only three players to surpass the 10 foot mark in the broad jump with a 10 foot 1 showing. He was also impressive on a 35 inch vertical and consistent times in all events. Consistency also described Zach Ertz, who joined Debniak in the low 4.6-range in the 40-yard dash.
Terrence Stephens, who weighed in at 307 pounds, was impressive in the weight room, recording 34 reps at 225 pounds.
Stepfan Taylor also had a good day coming off a bad ankle at the NFL Combine with workmanlike numbers in the low 4.6’s while showing his versatility catching passes out of the backfield.
Many scouts commented on how good Drew Terrell looked in the agility events as the wide receiver helped himself immensely in the measurable (36 inch vertical) while making a highlight catch in pass routes.
Chase Thomas improved upon his Combine numbers and had many scouts registering a the of 4.78 in the 40-yard dash.
Levine Toilolo may have helped himself the most among all players, with some big jumps and impressive measurements including 82’ 1/8’’ wing span and 34’ ¼’’ arms. Many scouts also commented on his agility throughout the day.
Lastly, Daniel Zychlinski picked up right where he left off this season. With impressive games against Oregon (45.7 avg., 5 inside the 20) and Wisconsin (45.5 avg., 2 inside 20) in the Rose Bowl Game behind him, Zychlinski boomed the ball while continuously pinning kicks inside the 10-yard line on directional kicks into the wind.
Stanford has seen 11 players drafted over the past three years. Last year, Andrew Luck and David DeCastro were selected in the first round with Luck becoming the fourth Stanford QB to be selected first overall. Stanford is the only school in the country with four No. 1 quarterback draftees.