Notre Dame pro day

March 31, 2021

The Irish had a ton of prospects for the 2021 draft at their pro day; the guy that most NFL teams came to see was versatile LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, who is generally considered to be a top 20 prospect for this year’s draft, although nobody is really sure what is his best position fit. In fact, Owusu-Koramoah is something of an tweener-sized 6-1.5, 221, although he does have nice long 33-inch arms. And he’s certainly athletic, although in the end he didn’t run the 40 as he was experencing some hamstring tightness. Owusu-Koramoah did post a 36.5-inch vertical and a 10-4 LJ while his shuttle times of 4.15 seconds in the SS and 6.81 in the 3-cone would have been the fastest among LBs at the 2020 combine.

Irish DEs Daelin Hayes and Ade Ogundeji also had pretty good days. Hayes is a little small at 6-3.5, 253, but tested well with a 4.69 40 clocking, along with very good times of 4.25 in the short shuttle and 7.19 in the 3-cone. For his part, Ogundeji was more physically imposing at 6-4.5 and 270 pounds with long 35.5 inch arms. Like Hayes, he also tested well with a 36.5-inch vertical, a 4.71 40 and a quick 7.19 in the 3-cone drill. For some reason, though, Ogundeji was only able to time the short shuttle in 4.65 seconds which isn’t bad but didn’t seem to be in line with his other numbers.

The fact that Notre Dame also had four quality offensive linemen working out appeared to attract several offensive line coaches from around the NFL. Heading the Irish’s OL list was long-time starting LT Liam Eichenberg who measured in at 6-6, 306, but with only 32.5-inch arms. Eichenberg, though, did put up an impressive 33 reps in the BP and very good times of 4.57 seconds in the short shuttle and 7.53 in the 3-cone, but did not run the 40. For his part, OG Aaron Banks looked the part at 6-5.5, 325 with 33.5-inch arms and 10-inch hands, but only ran in the 5.3 range in the 40. Fellow OG Rob Hainsey came in at 6-5.5, 309, but with only 32-inch arms, but 10.5-inch hands. He ran the 40 in 5.22 seconds. OG Tommy Kraemer measured in at 6-5.5, 309 with 33.5 inch arms and 10.5 inch hands, but didn’t work out. Neither did veteran WR Ben Skowronek who measured in at 6-2.5, 220 with 33 inch arms and 10 inch hands.

At the same time, TE Tommy Tremble was a little undersized at 6-3.5, 241, with 32 inch arms, but tested well enough with a 36.5 inch vertical and a 4.59 40 clocking. Size was no problem for WR Javon McKinley who came in at 6-1.5, 215 with 33-inch arms but only ran the 40 in 4.57 seconds.

Lastly, Ian Book also had a pretty good day running the 40 in 4.59 and testing well in the other on-field activities but the number that jumps out on Book is 6-0, which is how not-tall he is; for the record he weighed in at 211.