Louisville pro day

March 30, 2021

Louisville’s pro day last year was all about size, aka huge OT Mekhi Becton. This year, though, it was more about speed and skill. And there was plenty of the former at the Cardinals’ workout today. WR Dez Fitzpatrick, for example, the Card’s big play threat who averaged over 19 yards per catch this past season, also ran well with a 40-clocking of 4.43 seconds, along with shuttle times of 4.26 seconds in the SS and 7.06 in the 3-cone drill. That’s running at a good-sized 6-1.5, 208 with 33-inch arms.

WR Tutu Atwell was even faster with an unofficial 4.32 40 clocking, which included a very quick 1.49 10-yard split; he then posted quick enough times of 4.24 seconds in the short shuttle and 6.87 in the 3-cone drill. However, the rest of his resume wasn’t necessarily all that impressive as he measured in at under 5-9 and just 155 pounds with short 29-inch arms, while neither of his leaps – 33 inches in the vertical and 9-9 in the long – were particularly explosive for such a fast player.

Size – or at least the lack of it – may also be a factor for RB Javian Hawkins, who averaged over 100 yards per game for the Cards over the past couple of season. Hawkins measured in at just 5-8, 183, but like his mates, ran well with a 4.44 40 clocking which included a 1.53 split. Hawkins also put up a solid 36-inch vertical and had decent times of 4.23 in the short shuttle and 6.96 in the 3-cone.

Meanwhile, DT Jared Goldwire might have earned himself some second looks from NFL scouts after playing somewhat out of position for the Cards. Goldwire, though, is actually built more like a 3-4 5T DE as he measured in at 6-4.5 with 33.5-inch arms and 10.5 inch hands. And he ran well enough with a 5.08 40 clocking, a 33-inch vertical and good agility times of 4.45 in the SS and 7.32 in the 3-cone.