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Oregon Football

Oregon Pro Day Recap

March 14, 2019

At the University of Oregon Duck Pro Day, current and former Ducks put their skills on display for a group of scouts and media representatives gathered in Eugene.

Of those 11 athletes, eight were listed as current players, including Ugochukwu Amadi, Justin Hollins, Dillon Mitchell, Tony Brooks-James, Kaulana Apelu, Pou Peleti-Gore, Kano Dillon and Jalen Jelks. They were joined by former Ducks Vernon Adams Jr., Charles Nelson and Jimmie Swain.

Watching those players was a large collection of scouts from NFL teams, including the Arizona Cardinals, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Rams, Los Angeles Chargers, New England Patriots, New York Giants, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tennessee Titans.

The players participated in a bench press, vertical jump, broad jump, 40-yard dash, pro shuttle, 3-cone drill, long shuttle and position drills.

The four players who represented the Ducks at the NFL combine all had strong days, but I was really impressed with Tony Brooks-James' strong performance. He later admitted during his interview that he had a chip on his shoulder after he wasn’t invited to any of the bowl games or the NFL Combine, and he used today’s opportunity to show off his speed and special teams skills.

Adams, who has been playing in the Canadian Football League since 2016, also had a strong performance, showing media and scouts alike that he could still throw the deep ball.

It could have just been a coincidence, but I did see the Steelers' and Chargers' scouts talk to Mario Cristobal after Amadi completed his DB position drills. I couldn’t hear what they were saying, but after the events Cristobal talked about how many positive things the scouts had to say about the players.

After the pro day was done, the news media got the opportunity to talk to Cristobal and Mitchell, Hollins and Amadi. All three seemed happy with their performances and optimistic about their futures.

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