Spikes, Cunningham, James, DBs at Pro Day

By Adam Silverstein
April 7, 2010

Former Florida Gators defensive end Jermaine Cunningham, kick returner Brandon James and defensive backs Wondy Pierre-Louis and Markihe Anderson all participated in the team’s second Pro Day on Wednesday as linebacker Brandon Spikes looked on and showed his support. The Gainesville Sun‘s Robbie Andreu caught up with each player after their workout was completed though, as per usual, Spikes declined an interview request. Check out some notes and quotes (after the jump):

LB Brandon Spikes
– Has been receiving a great deal of interest from the Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots, Washington Redskins, Buffalo Bills, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Cleveland Browns.
– Spikes’ agent, Terry Watson, on what teams think of him: “They say he is an A-plus in terms of linebacker instincts. They’re putting a lot into what they’re seeing on tape. They’re seeing that Brandon is a player, and that’s a big thing.”

DE Jermaine Cunningham
– He did not work out at the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine or the first Pro Day because he was recovering from shoulder surgery he had after the 2010 Sugar Bowl.
– On competing in the second Pro Day: “It was very important. I had to push it back due to my shoulder. I wanted to come out and show that I could do the defensive line stuff. I feel fortunate. I feel like I did pretty good.”
– He completed the broad jump, vertical jump, 40-yard dash (4.92 seconds) and a “variety of agility drills,” according to Andreu.
– On what scouts told him after he was done: “Oh yeah, [I got some positive feedback]. I wasn’t 100 percent, but I did what I can. I knew I would be able to come back out. I got a little whirlpool and loosened [my quadriceps muscle] up and tried to push through it. In the end, I felt I did pretty good.”

KR Brandon James
– He did not work out at the combine or the first Pro Day because he was recovering from a broken foot he suffered late in the season.
– 40-yard dash: 4.45 seconds
– On his performance: “Coming out and running a 4.45 at 85 or 90 percent with some more healing to do, you can’t beat that. I just wanted to show I’m healing and back running around and doing stuff. I’m definitely pleased. There are guys who are 100 percent who can’t run a 4.45. And I feel like I caught the ball well. Overall, it was a good workout.”

DBs Wondy Pierre-Louis and Marihe Anderson
– 40-yard dash: 4.45 seconds, 4.48 seconds
– On his performance: “I came out here and got a [40-yard dash] time and showed them I can run. Hopefully, some team will like me and draft me.”
– Anderson has the New York Giants and Jacksonville Jaguars interested in his services. The Giants are also intrigued by Pierre-Louis.

Notes
– Other current and former Gators watched their former teammates workout including center Maurkice Pouncey, DE Carlos Dunlap and LB Ryan Stamper.
– The event was held on Florida’s practice field, not Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Special thanks to The Gainesville Sun for the quotes above.

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