Nebraska’s Pro Day took place Tuesday morning when five Huskers performed both traditional combines and single position exercises. There were 23 of the 32 NFL teams in attendance, including Jaguars, Seahawks, Broncos, Buccaneers, Steelers, 49ers and Titans. Here’s a look at how each of the five Huskers fared.
While other strong shows were showing, it was Bootle who stole the show with an impressive 4.38-meter shot, a 36.5-inch vertical jump, and a 10.6-inch bridge jump. Bootle’s time is impressive, which would have been third fastest in the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine. His vertical jump and long jump numbers weren’t elite, but still higher than the combine averages, which is no surprise as he showed good explosiveness on tape. A strong time of 40 will help show teams that he can go deep with receivers, and when combined with good ball production in 2018, he should be very impressive for teams.
Outside of Bootle, Farniok made the most of all of the timed exercises. A vertical jump of 33 inches at 312 pounds is impressive when it comes to showing your breakout, while his 28 reps on the bench press are better than average for guards and / or centers. Farniok was also good at exercise. Farniok has had high and low seasons, but these numbers should help him when trying to stick with one team as a versatile lineman who can play all five places on the offensive line.
Jaimes, Nebraska’s top NFL draft prospect, chose not to run the 40-yard dash because of the tightness in his calf, but still did much of the measured and rear exercises. His 30.5-inch vertical jump was above average and showed some good explosives, while his 25 bench presses were in line with the combine’s five-year average. During positional exercises, Jaimes moved well and even snapped the ball on some exercises, suggesting that some teams want to see how he could be as the center.
Mills had a lot to gain from Tuesday’s Pro Day and did a number of exercises well. A 40 yard dash of 4.58 was an impressive time for Mills and would have been a top 10 time for returns from the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine. Mills also caught the ball well in positional practice, which he did not bring out particularly well during his time in Nebraska. While these were good, Mills’ vertical jump was only 32.5 inches, which is below average for returns. Mills is considered a one-cut zone runner after Tuesday’s appearance. He’ll likely continue to be seen there.
Dedrick Mills felt he had a lot to prove at Pro Day in Nebraska, especially his speed. Made the 40 yard dash in 4.58 seconds. He also showed off his skills in running the route and catching passes in front of NFL scouts. #Huskers pic.twitter.com/27lXKweIXE
– Kevin Sjuts (@kevinsjuts) March 23, 2021
There were ups and downs for Stoll during the Pro Day exercises. The best thing for him was that he ran a 4.60 40 yard dash which was a lot faster than I thought it would run and quite impressive. From then on, however, it was a small downer. Stoll’s 16 reps on the bench weren’t just below par for tight ends, but also linked to bootle. Add in a 31.5-inch vehicle jump and it doesn’t show much explosiveness. This was not unexpected for Stoll as he did not show on tape that he was an explosive athlete or excessively strong. I’ve long thought that his best chance at staying with an NFL team was a full-back, but nothing but the 40s really stood out for him.