Trojans hold Pro Day

Published 7:25 pm Thursday, March 5, 2020

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Despite battling rainy conditions, Troy players put on a show for NFL and CFL scouts Thursday at Troy’s annual Pro Day. Ten Troy players, in addition to select players from other area schools, participated in various drills both in Troy’s North End Zone Facility and on the turf in Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Cornerback Will Sunderland stole the show with a 4.46 40-yard dash, 36-inch vertical jump and 4.16 20-yard shuttle, all of which would have ranked among the leaders at last week’s NFL Combine. Registering in at 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds, Sunderland’s 40 time would have been 10th at the Combine among cornerbacks, his vertical would have ranked 11th and his 20-yard shuttle would have been the fifth best.

Sunderland earned All-Sun Belt First Team honors last season and was selected to play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl at the Rose Bowl in January. Industry leader Pro Football Focus (PFF) rated Sunderland as Troy’s top coverage player in the secondary and opponents were successful on just 68.3 percent of targets against him. PFF also placed Sunderland as the ninth best overall cornerback and the 14th best cover cornerback among players in Group of Five conferences.

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Defensive end Marcus Webb also had a productive day with a 35-inch vertical jump, 20 bench press reps at 225 pounds and a 4.63 40-yard dash after measuring in at 6-foot-2 ¼ and 247 pounds. His 40 time would have been the second best by a defensive lineman at the Combine and his vertical would have ranked third.

Quarterback Kaleb Barker did not participate in any of the drills following offseason surgery but did throw approximately 30 routes to receivers at the end of the workout. Outside linebacker / edge rusher Jarvis Hayes also performed well with a 36-inch vertical, 10.1 broad jump, 4.44 20-yard shuttle and 20 bench press reps.