Pro day valuable for ex-Vols

Under normal football circumstances, a 40-yard, straight-line sprint for Nick Reveiz would be a problem.

For the former Tennessee linebacker that would mean he's either chasing down a running back in the clear or getting forced into coverage deep down the field - neither of which are ideal situations.

And considering Reveiz has often been considered too slow or too small for the game, the idea of getting measured solely by a stopwatch isn't the most appealing, either. But like it or not, those 40 yards are one of the most trusted tools for the scouts flocking to UT's Indoor Practice Facility to break down Reveiz and 12 more former Vols at pro day this morning in a handful of different drills.

"There are a lot of positions in football, so for that run, it may be important for one position and for another position it's not as important," Reveiz said during training sessions in Nashville in January. "As a linebacker, I think a drill that is really important is the Pro Agility, talking about your quickness.

"Quite honestly, as a linebacker, you're in trouble if you're running 40 yards every play, really even 40 yards straight in one game."

Times in the 40 or the amount of bench reps or the height of a vertical jump might not be the truest measure of a football player, but it's a valuable part of the equation for NFL teams in the evaluation process.

And with only Luke Stocker and Denarius Moore having participated in the NFL combine a couple weeks ago, the on-campus showcase is a critical part of the process for the rest of the Vols trying to make it to the next level.

Even for a projected second-round pick like Stocker the workouts could be a prime opportunity to solidify his status for the scouts, though he's made clear on several occasions he doesn't stress about specifics with his workouts.

"I'm the type of guy, I don't like to put a number on anything," Stocker said. "I feel like you limit yourself to that number. I'm not a guy that says, 'I want to go down and hit a 30 on the bench press.' Then if you hit 30, you might be able to hit 32 - but in your mind, you're thinking, 'OK, I'm good.'

"I just don't even want to keep count, just run as fast as you can, bench as hard as you can and at the end of the day, you've done your best. That's all you can do."

After that it's up to the scouts to maybe do a bit more than that, like some film study on what Reveiz can do with his speed - or, perhaps, lack thereof.

"It does have its importance, but you can't get discouraged by it because you've got to let the pads do the talking, too," he said. "There is a difference from running the 40 and then getting in pads and having to move around, but it's definitely something NFL scouts and teams are going to look for, so you've got to train hard for it."

Austin Ward covers Tennessee football. He may be reached at 865-342-6274. Follow him at http://twitter.com/Vols_Beat and http://blogs.knoxnews.com/ward

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tree_em_smokey writes:

Good luck to all of the vol seniors trying to make it in the big league!

huntined#565710 writes:

Give it your best shot!!! VFL

tovolny writes:

The reluctance of one of our guys to run the G route will push him down to the 4th round. It does not matter how fast or how strong he is. When the scouts look at tape, they will see a lack of toughness that probably cannot be corrected. I hope I am wrong, I really do.

FarmerVol writes:

No shame in playing north of the border, Nick if this gig doesn't work. 2 of the best QBs of all time played there for a while - Doug Flutie and Warren Moon.

SomeGuy writes:

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All Gerald Jones did at UT was perform as well or better than 99% of his fellow players. He put in four long years here and along comes an internet rumor backed up by NO ONE that accuses him of being a traitor to his school. He publicly denies it but you gossiping old women out there have already decided that he's a bum and a scoundrel. You should all be ashamed of yourselves for turning on a guy like Gerald Jones like that. I'm betting that the ones hating on GJ are the same ones who assured everyone that Peyton Manning was conspiring to have Phildo Fulmer rehired as head coach. No doubt you also believe that global warming is responsible for the Japan earthquake.

Strokevol36 writes:

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Hope Gerald has nice pro day. I was very impressed with what he brought to the team, especially as a third down threat. Good luck to all the former Vols! I can see us getting 3-5 drafted.

tovolny writes:

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The G refers to cutting over the middle by the TE. Does not mean a"wildcat" type formation like the" G Gun." When the TE shows pass block at first step it can cause certain defensive responses. Then the TE makes his reads and if he decides to curl out over the middle he has to make another decision to stop or keep slashing all in a split second. The TE has to be tough enough to make himself vulnerable in these situations.

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