Deacons Conduct Timing Day For NFL Scouts
March 14, 2006
Winston-Salem, N.C. - Wake Forest conducted its annual Pro Timing Day on Tuesday. All of Wake Forest's draft eligible players, plus a handful of area prospects worked out for 10 NFL teams in Wake Forest's weight room and practice facility.
The players' tests included bench presses, vertical leap, the 40-yard dash, agility drills and the Wonderlic Test. The morning session included 2005 seniors such as Chris Barclay, Chris Davis, Cory Randolph, Ryan Plackemeier and Goryal Scales.
The NFL teams on hand were the Bears, Bills, Chargers, Colts, Giants, Panthers, Ravens, Rams, Saints and Steelers. The temperature was in the low-60's with winds between 10 mph and 20 mph. The outdoor portion of the workouts were conducted on Wake Forest's FieldTurf.
Barclay, Wake Forest's all-time leading rusher and the 2005 ACC Player of the Year, was not invited to the NFL Combine in Indianapolis last month. Tuesday was his first workout with NFL scouts since the Las Vegas All-American Classic in January and he posted impressive numbers. In the weight room, Barclay displayed a 42-inch vertical leap and a 10' 6" standing broad jump. In the 40-yard dash on FieldTurf, Barclay ran a 4.35 with the wind at his back. Against the wind, he recorded a 4.4 40-yard time. The fastest time among running backs at the NFL Combine was UCLA's Maurice Drew, who ran a 4.39 indoors.
Barclay has been getting ready for the draft at a workout facility in Atlanta. Later this spring, Barclay will have a private workout in Louisville at Male High School, his alma mater.
The gusty winds made for less than ideal conditions for punting, but the Rams and Ravens, in particular, were present to watch Wake Forest's Ray Guy Award winner. Plackemeier took 27 snaps and handled all 27 from Wake Forest long snapper Nick Jarvis. Into the wind, Plackemeier's punts went in the 30 to 50 yard range. With the wind at his back, Plackemeier's punts were traveling in the 50 to 70 yard range. His longest punt of the day was a 67-yard blast.
His workout concluded with situational punting. Of his six pooch punts, five of Plackemeier's punts landed inside the five yardline. In simulated "late game situations," punting out of his own endzone, Plackemeier kicked a 45 yard punt into the wind with 4.57 second hangtime. With the wind at his back, he nailed a 61-yarder with 4.65 second hangtime.
Plackemeier attended the NFL Combine in Indianapolis last month in front of executives from all 32 teams. He has a personal workout with five additional NFL teams scheduled for next week.
The afternoon session gave Wake Forest's rising seniors an early chance to impress the NFL teams in attendance. That group of players were measured, weighed and ran the 40-yard dash.