I went by UNT’s Pro Day this morning and picked up a host of information and even some video.
There were 20 scouts in attendance in one of the bigger turnouts in recent years. There were a lot of familiar faces in terms of scouts, former players and coaches on hand. Former UNT players Lance Dunbar and Craig Robertson were there.
Former UNT player, assistant coach, recruiting coordinator and all-around good guy Bruce Bell was on hand.
Jeff Rodgers was also there. Rodgers played for UNT and has coached in the NFL for several years. He is with the Broncos and came to town to take a look at Brelan Chancellor. I talked to Rodgers for a minute or two. This was his first trip to UNT in years.
As far as how things went, the big winner of the day was Chancellor. The wide receiver put up a huge 41-inch vertical jump that would have tied for fourth overall at the combine. Chancellor also put up a very respectable 15 reps on the bench.
Perhaps most importantly, he also ran a 4.55 and a 4.50 in the 40-yard dash.
Rodgers put Chancellor through some punt return drills at the end of the day. Chancellor said they were nothing like he experienced before. He had to try to field punts while already holding a ball in one drill. In another, he had to try to throw the ball he was holding in the air, field the punt, toss the punted ball aside and catch the ball he had thrown in the air.
Chancellor struggled with some of those drills, but still seemed to stand out.
Zach Orr was his typically solid self, but only put up 14 reps on the bench. Michigan State’s Max Bullough put up 30 at the combine, the top number of an inside linebacker. The gut feeling among UNT’s coaches and people around the program is Chancellor has a chance to be the first player drafted from UNT since Cody Spencer in 2004.
Here are the unofficial results.
Richard Abbe — 25 1/2 vertical, 19 bench reps, 40 times: 5.44, 5.36
LaChris Anyiam — 27 vertical, 16 bench reps, 40 time: 5.5
Aaron Bellazin — 30 vertical, 14 bench reps, 40 times: 4.83, 4.81
Ryan Boutwell — 32 vertical, 19 bench reps, 40 times: 4.91, 4.59
Brandin Byrd — 32 vertical, 17 bench reps, 40 times: 4.76, 4.61
Brelan Chancellor — 41 vertical, 15 bench reps, 40 times: 4.55, 4.50
Brandon Johnson — 39.5 vertical, 21 bench reps, 40 time: 4.5
Brandon McCoy — 30 1/2 vertical, 21 bench reps, 40 times: 5.30, 5.23
Drew Miller — 27 vertical, 12 bench reps, 40 time: 5.28
Zach Orr — 33 vertical, 14 bench reps, 40 times: 4.80, 4.71
Daniel Prior — 32 vertical, 18 bench reps, 40 times: 4.97, 4.67
Darnell Smith — 28 1/2 vertical, 12 bench reps, 40 times: 4.76, 4.68
Derek Thompson — 32 vertical, (did not bench), 40 times: 4.93, 4.84
Marcus Trice — 31 vertical, 16 bench reps, 40 times: 4.73, 4.63
Will Wright — 32 1/2 vertical, 12 bench reps, 4.96, 4.89