Florida Gators at 2015 NFL Combine: Thursday

By Adam Silverstein
February 19, 2015

For the sixth-straight year, OnlyGators.com continues our coverage of the nine former Florida Gators participating in the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine (National Invitational Camp) at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The event, which is held over a week from Feb. 17-23, consists of more than 300 players being put through a series of drills, tests and interviews while more than 600 NFL personnel in attendance (including coaching staffs, executives, player personnel and medical staffs) look on and evaluate each of them. It amounts to a major job interview for these athletes to participate in ahead of the start of the 2015 NFL Draft on April 30.

Running back Matt Jones (Group: 6 | Camp: RB25) arrived Wednesday but began participating on Thursday when he got measured, completed medical exams, met with the media and continued the interview process he began the previous day. Guard Trenton Brown (Group: 1 | Camp: OL04), punter Kyle Christy (Group: 1 | Camp: PK03), center Max Garcia (Group: 1 | Camp: OL20) and tackles Chaz Green (Group: 2 | Camp: OL25) and D.J. Humphries* (Group: 2 | Camp: OL31) all continued interviewing with teams, took the Wonderlic and other psychological tests, and performed on the bench press.

Linebacker Neiron Ball (Group: 9 | Camp: LB03), defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. (Group: 7 | Camp: DL20) and defensive tackle Leon Orr (Group: 8, Camp: DL36) all arrived on Thursday.

Players remain on a standardized schedule throughout the week (see below).


SECOND-DAY PARTICIPANTS

Running back Matt Jones^ (Group: 6 | Camp: RB25)
Height: 6’2″ | Weight: 231 lbs.
Arm length: 32″ | Hand size: 8 5/8″

Notes:

Detailed player overview and drill times will be added on Saturday.

THIRD-DAY PARTICIPANTS

Offensive guard Trenton Brown (Group: 1 | Camp: OL04)
Height: 6’8″ | Weight: 355 lbs.
Arm length: 36″ | Hand size: 10 7/8″
Wingspan: 87 3/8″

Bench press: 20 reps of 225 pounds

Notes: Brown impressed those in attendance at the combine with his overall size. As OnlyGators.com noted on Twitter, to put his massive wingspan in perspective, Jonathan Ogden measured in at 82 1’2″ back in the day. “They were so eager to tweet I weighed in at 376 at the senior bowl but ain’t nobody told y’all how I lost 21 lbs in 3 weeks and was 355 today,” he wrote on Twitter.

Detailed player overview and drill times will be added on Friday.

Punter Kyle Christy (Group: 1 | Camp: PK03)
Height: 6’2″ | Weight: 202 lbs.
Arm length: 30″ | Hand size: 8 7/8″

Notes: The NFL Combine feels like home from Christy, who is a native of Brownsburg, Indiana. “Some guys are freaking out about how cold it is and all this stuff and I’m kind of used to it,” he said in a media availability. Christy also said he plans to show team executives and scouts how good he is as a player (on the field) and person (both on and off the field).

Detailed player overview and drill times will be added on Friday.

Center Max Garcia (Group: 1 | Camp: OL20)
Height: 6’4″ | Weight: 309 lbs.
Arm length: 33 1/8″ | Hand size: 10 1/4″

Bench press: Did not participate

Notes: To be added

Detailed player overview and drill times will be added on Friday.

Offensive tackle Chaz Green (Group: 2 | Camp: OL25)
Height: 6’5″ | Weight: 314 lbs.
Arm length: 33 3/8″ | Hand size: 10 7/8″

Bench press: 21 reps of 225 pounds

Notes: To be added

Detailed player overview and drill times will be added on Friday.

Offensive tackle D.J. Humphries* (Group: 2 | Camp: OL31)
Height: 6’5″ | Weight: 307 lbs.
Arm length: 33 5/8″ | Hand size: 10″

Bench press: 26 reps of 225 pounds

Notes: Weighing in at 307 pounds, Humphries was 23 pounds heavier than he was initially listed by the NFL. His increase in size has calmed a lot of concerns held by many scouts and analysts, which have him ranked anywhere between second and fifth in terms of available offensive tackles in the draft. Daniel Jeremiah of NFL Network is projecting Humphries to go No. 17 overall as his second-best tackle, while others think he will likely go at the end of the first round or early in the second round. Humphries told reporters that he received a second-round grade back from the NFL Draft Advisory Board, which advised him to return to school, but he had a “gut feeling” that declaring was the right thing to do. “I took it as a challenge almost,” he said. “They were telling me I should come back so I’m going to show ’em why I should come out.” He continued: “[Turning pro] was in the back of my mind for a while during the season, but I was trying to focus on the season and not think about it,” Humphries said, according to SI.com. “My dad told me, ‘You take care of this level, the next level will take care of itself.'”

Detailed player overview and drill times will be added on Friday.

ARRIVED

Linebacker Neiron Ball – Group: 9 | Camp: LB03
Defensive end Dante Fowler Jr.* – Group: 7 | Camp: DL20
Defensive tackle Leon Orr – Group: 8 | Camp: DL36

^ Redshirt junior | * Junior

SCHEDULE

Measurements, Medical Examinations, Media, Interviews
Friday – Groups 7-9 | Saturday – Groups 10-11

NFLPA Meeting, Psychological Testing, Bench Press, Interviews
Friday – Groups 4-6 | Saturday – Groups 7-9 | Sunday – Groups 10-11

On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills), Departure
Friday – Groups 1-3 | Saturday – Groups 4-6
Sunday – Groups 7-9 | Monday – Groups 10-11

OnlyGators.com will offer full coverage of the NFL Combine throughout the event.

One Comment

  1. JBGator says:

    Bench results for Brown and Green are underwhelming. Hats off to Brown for cutting weight, but he seems to be a player that will battle weight issues throughout.

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