PHILADELPHIA - On Wednesday, the University of Pennsylvania football team hosted its Pro Day for NFL Scouts at Franklin Field. Penn seniors Jake Lewko, Joe Goniprow and Chris Wynn as well as several other local players, including Villanova's Osayi Osunde, went through the NFL Combine work out for scouts, coaches, agents and members of the media.
Scouts from the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers, Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers were in attendance as were several agents and NFL assistant coaches, including New England Patriots wide receivers coach Chad O'Shea.
The players met with the scouts prior to the work out and were then taken to have their official height and weight measurements recorded. Identical to the work out at the NFL scouting combine, the players went through several tests of strength, speed and agility. On the bench press, each player tried to complete as many repititions as possible at 225 lbs. They then tested their vertical and horizontal leap before moving on to the 40-yard dash and agility drills.
The final drills at Franklin Field were position based. The players ran through a series of position-specific drills with the scouts. When the on-field testing was finished, the players were then ushered inside to take an intelligence test, much like that of the Wonderlic test at the NFL combine. The 20-minute test was the end of a four-hour day for the eight players in attendance.
Since Al Bagnoli took over as the George A. Munger Head Coach of Football, 12 Penn players have signed NFL contracts. The last of which was offensive lineman Sean Estrada in 2007 when he signed with the San Francisco 49ers.
More about the three Penn Quakers who participated in Pro Day:
Career: Team Captain of the 2009 Ivy League champions ... Three-time First-Team All-Ivy ... Named to the 2009 Buck Buchanan Watch List ... 2009 TSN Preseason Second Team All-American ... 2009 CDS Preseason Honorable Mention All-American ... 2008 TSN Third-Team All-American ... Holds the Penn record for career kick return yards with 1,236 ... Finished fifth all-time at Penn with 12 career interceptions, including one for a touchdown ... First Quaker in Ivy history with back-to-back seasons of five or more interceptions ... Led Ivy League in interceptions and passes defended as a junior ... Penn defense was No. 1 in the Ivy League in each of his last two seasons and No. 1 in the nation his senior season ... Finished career with 99 tackles and 39 passes defended.
Career: 2009 co-Ivy League MVP ... Brooks-Irvine Memorial Football Club FCS College Player of the Year ... AFCA All-American ... Team captain of the 2009 Ivy League champions ... Two-time All-Ivy ... Two-time Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week ... Led the nation's No. 1 ranked defense in tackles in 2009 ... Penn led the Ivy League in total, rushing and passing defense his senior year ... Had a career-best 15 tackles in Ivy title-deciding game at Harvard on Nov. 15 ... Led the team in tackles as a junior when Penn also had the top-ranked defense in the Ivy League ... Finished his career with 174 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, four sacks, four fumble recoveries and four forced fumbles ... Started the last 20 games of his career.
Career: 2009 CDS Preseason First-Team All-American ... Two-time All-Ivy ... Finished fifth in the Ivy League with four sacks for the 2009 Ivy League champions ... Tied a career best with seven tackles in Ivy title-deciding game at Harvard on Nov. 15 ... Started every game his junior and senior seasons-the Quakers finished with the Ivy League's top-ranked defense both years ... Led all defensive linemen with 33 tackles as a senior for the nation's No. 1 ranked defense ... Finished his career with 90 tackles, 25.5 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a blocked kick.