COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The grades won't be known for about six weeks but 12 former Terrapin football players took a big test on Wednesday afternoon.
Approximately 35 representatives from 27 NFL teams descended on the University of Maryland campus to evaluate the draft-eligible Terps in speed, agility and strength during the Terps' annual Pro Timing Day.
Some players have already been face to face with professional scouts and front office personnel.
Offensive lineman Bruce Campbell and defensive back Nolan Carroll attended last month's NFL Combine in Indianapolis, and running back Cory Jackson (Senior Bowl), defensive back Terrell Skinner (Senior Bowl) and defensive lineman Travis Ivey (Texas vs. the Nation) saw action in postseason all-star games.
But for former players Phil Costa, Jared Harrell, Josh Horton, Jamari McCollough, Richard Taylor, Chris Turner and Anthony Wiseman, Wednesday was an opportunity to enhance what they've done on the field over the last four or five years.
"Personally, I think it is more important to see what their tape shows," Maryland head coach Ralph Friedgen said during Wednesday's three-hour session. "That's the true indicator. But you never know what is going to trigger somebody's excitement. If a guy runs a great time or if he shows how strong he is and has a great workout, it can definitely help their status in the draft."
Carroll, who did not participate in drills at the NFL Combine, was impressive during his workout. He posted the top marks in the 40-yard dash (4.39), pro agility drill (4.21) and L drill (6.81).
Carroll also did 17 reps on the 225-pound bench press and had a vertical jump of 37 1/2 inches.
Campbell, meanwhile, posted some of the best marks among offensive linemen at the NFL Combine. He had the best marks in the 40-yard dash, bench press, vertical jump, 3-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle.
The 6-foot-7, 320-pound tackle did run through on-field drills with the pro scouts at the Terps practice facility.
"It actually feels really good to have done everything at the combine," Campbell said before his individual on-field drills. "I feel real good all about my linemen drills that I'm about to do. It feels good because, three years ago, I didn't expect myself to be here."
Campbell, a projected first-rounder, is trying not to focus on where he might end up after the 2010 NFL Draft (April 22-24).
"A lot of people have said first round," Campbell said. "Some people have said mid-to-late first round. I'm not really setting myself on any position. I'm just keeping myself wide open. Wherever I go, I go."
Costa, one of the strongest players in team history, posted 30 reps on the bench press and had a vertical jump of 35 inches.
Taylor also had some impressive numbers. He had 30 reps on the bench press, ran a 4.49 in the 40 and tied Wiseman for the second-best pro agility drill (4.33).
Wiseman also had the third-best 40-yard dash (4.47) and Skinner posted the No. 2 time in the L drill (7.18).
Jackson also had an impressive time for a fullback, running the 40 in 4.70. Ivey had 29 reps on the bench press, which trailed just Costa and Taylor.
Familiar Faces: A number of former players came out to support the Terps at Pro Timing Day, most of who are currently playing in the NFL. Faces in the crowd included Vernon Davis (San Francisco), Josh Wilson (Seattle), Eric Ogbogu, Jeremy Navarre (Jacksonville), Edwin Williams (Washington), Andrew Crummey (Jacksonville), Moise Fokou (Philadelphia) and Kevin Barnes (Washington). "It's truly a family environment; a lot of our current players are here to support their former teammates," Friedgen said. "[Strength & Conditioning Coach] Dwight Galt does as good a job as anyone in the country of setting this testing venue up."
Terps in the NFL: With the 2009 senior class, Maryland is hoping to build its NFL alumni base. The Terps ended last season with 26 former players on NFL rosters, which ranked third among Atlantic Coast Conference schools, trailing only Miami and Florida State. If Bruce Campbell is selected in the first round, Maryland would have four Terps taken in the first round over the last six years. Shawne Merriman was chosen 12th overall by the San Diego Chargers in the 2005 NFL Draft, Vernon Davis was taken sixth overall by the San Francisco 49ers in 2006, and Darrius Heyward-Bey went with the seventh pick last season (Oakland).
Tossing it Around: Former QB Chris Turner utilized four receivers during his throwing session, though only one – Cory Jackson - was on the squad last season. Former players Josh Allen, Jason Goode and Isaiah Williams also ran routes. Williams, who last played at Maryland in 2008, also participated in the drills. He had the top vertical jump (42 1/2 inches), the best broad jump (10'-9") and the second-best 40 time (4.43). Williams spent time with the Baltimore Ravens during the 2009 preseason.