LinkedUp: Oregon Ducks Pro Day, Clay and Barner Impress NFL Scouts


Pro Day for the Ducks on Thursday was a day for players who didn’t have the chance to perform atthe NFL Combine to do so for NFL personnel at the Moshofksy Center.  Several players who were invited to the NFL Combine last month were also working out for scouts on Oregon’s Pro Day including Kenjon Barner who ran the 40 yard dash

"At least one scout had @KBDeuce4 at 4.39 on one of his 40s. The other was closer to 4.5. That 4.39 is the low end of multiple scouts’ times. Tweet from @DuckFootball (Rob Moseley, Register Guard)"

One of the more impressive performances of the day was from Offensive Lineman Ryan Clanton who bench pressed 225 pounds forty two times, more reps than any athlete at the NFL Combine. Some of the other highlights of the day included the performance of Michael Clay and a limited performance from Kiko Alonso, who ran the 40 yard dash at 4.68 and 4.71 seconds.

Scouting Ducks: NFL Pro Day at Oregon (via the Register Guard)

Barner was asked about where he would like to go in the draft. He gave the same answer he gave me in a chat he had with EA Sports earlier this month in saying, “anywhere that I can sign a contract.”

Michael Clay, who wasn’t invited to the NFL Combine, probably made the most solid impression physically, adding some muscle to his frame over the last few months as he prepared for his shot at the next level. On Thursday impressions were made with NFL teams, including Kansas City Head Coach Andy Reid who was at the Mo Center. We should know in a little over a month who may have helped their own cause when it comes to the NFL Draft and also in Free Agency.

All it takes is one player on a roster to get injured for an opportunity to play ball at the next level for some of these Ducks. From the sound of it, they are all ready to step in and contribute if asked.

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