Northwestern’s Pro Day was on March 12th, but we didn’t have the full sheet of measurements and drill results until now. Montre Hartage, Jared McGee, Nate Hall, Flynn Nagel, Tommy Doles, Brad North and Jordan Thompson all participated in some combination of drills, while Clayton Thorson and Jake Collins were measured before running through on-field drills. Thorson ended up completing 48 of 50 throws, including several to retired running back Jeremy Larkin.
Jeremy Larkin is running routes here at Pro Day as Clayton Thorson throws in front of all 32 NFL teams. pic.twitter.com/Sjzvad7PxB— Inside NU (@insidenu) March 12, 2019
Below, you can find capsules on each player with some analysis as to where their Pro Day performance compares to their peers at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Hartage didn’t participate in most drills at Pro Day, but he did improve on his 40-yard dash time. Hartage ran a 4.68 in Indianapolis, which was second-worst amongst defensive backs. The turf at Ryan Fieldhouse must have been extra short. He shaved his time down to 4.60 at Pro Day, which doesn’t answer a ton of questions about his speed, but is more impressive nonetheless.
McGee’s 35.5-inch vertical jump was the highest of the five NU prospects who participated in the activity. It bested Montre Hartage’s 34.5-inch leap at the NFL Combine, but still left McGee in the lower half of defensive backs who jumped in Indianapolis. The safety bench-pressed 225 pounds 16 times, which would have tied for 20th among defensive backs in Indianapolis.
The safety’s hand size is among the top 20 defensive backs measured at the Scouting Combine, but his other measurables aren’t particularly outstanding. McGee’s 40-yard dash time (4.77) and his shuttle times (4.28 and 11.77) point to his lack of elite straight-line speed when compared to smaller, quicker defensive backs. It’s possible that McGee gets moved down to linebacker at the next level, like Dallas Cowboy Kyle Queiro.
Hall’s rehab from shoulder surgery precluded him from bench-pressing, but he participated in every other drill. His 33-inch vertical leap would have put him in the top 20 linebackers at the Scouting Combine. Hall also impressed with his 20-yard shuttle (4.21) and his three-cone drill (6.85), especially given his size. Interestingly enough, Hall weighed in at 224 pounds, seven less than his listed 2018 playing weight.
Nagel seeks to follow the path of Austin Carr as a slot receiver at the next level. He has also said he hopes to get a shot at punt returner, at which he saw plenty of time in Evanston. Nagel averaged 5.6 yards per return during his career, with a long of 47 yards.
His measurables limit him to slot receiver — prospects like Hakeem Butler and D.K. Metcalf have wingspans nearly two feet longer than Nagel’s and hands almost two inches larger. Nagel won’t blow anyone away with his vertical or his straight-line speed, but his shuttle time (4.21) and three-cone drill (6.95) place him in the top half of receivers participating at the Scouting Combine.
Nothing about Doles’ measurables pop off the page when compared to the offensive linemen who were measured at the Scouting Combine. He managed 21 reps on the bench press, 18 short of the most by an offensive lineman in Indianapolis.
Tommy Doles benches 225 pounds 21 times, spurred on by Alex Spanos. pic.twitter.com/mGaHtCSwm5— Inside NU (@insidenu) March 12, 2019
Doles is definitely quicker than most offensive linemen, though. His 4.59 20-yard shuttle time would have been 10th among offensive linemen at the Scouting Combine, and his 40 time of 5.22 is faster than significant prospects like Beau Benzschawel and Greg Little.
The tackle impressed with a Pro Day-best 27 bench press reps. He’s got good height and decent length for a tackle, but his measurables were not particularly remarkable.
Thompson is still recovering from surgery, so he only participated in the bench press. His 26 reps would have ranked 14th among defensive linemen at the Scouting Combine.
Here’s the full spreadsheet of results: