There were about 35 representatives from 27 NFL teams at Maryland on Wednesday watching 12 former Terps in a three-hour audition for a possible career at the next level.
Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen said he puts more stock into the players' game film than their timed drills.
“Personally, I think it is more important to see what their tape shows,” Friedgen said, according to the team's practice report. “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.”
That could be the case for a player like Nolan Carroll, who was injured this past season and didn't participate in the NFL combine drills. On Wednesday, Carroll had the best times in the 40-yard dash (4.39), pro agility drill (4.21) and L drill (6.81). He also did 17 reps on the 225-pound bench press and had a vertical jump of 37.5 inches.
Offensive tackle Bruce Campbell, a projected first-round pick, didn't have much to prove after earning some of the best marks among offensive linemen at the combine last month. Campbell led all offensive linemen in the 40-yard dash, bench press, vertical jump, three-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle.
On Wednesday, he ran 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. “... It feels good because, three years ago, I didn’t expect myself to be here.”
Offensive lineman Phil Costa, one of the strongest players in team history, recorded 30 reps on the bench press and had a vertical jump of 35 inches.
Cornerback Richard Taylor had 30 reps on the bench press, ran a 4.49 in the 40 and tied Anthony Wiseman for the second-best pro agility drill (4.33). Wiseman also had the third-best 40-yard dash (4.47) and Terrell Skinner posted the No. 2 time in the L drill (7.18).
Cory Jackson had an impressive time for a fullback, running the 40 in 4.70.