The Big Ten endured quite the rollercoaster during 2020. Due to the pandemic worsening in various parts of the country, the Big Ten voted to indefinitely suspend all fall athletics on August 11. However, after the ACC, Big 12, and SEC started their seasons on time, the Big Ten reinstated a shortened eight-game season on September 16, which would begin on October 24. While the virus took its toll on the team in 2020, a few Purdue prospects have eyes on the 2021 pro day to boost their NFL Draft stock.
Purdue’s 2021 Pro Day
It was a fast day at Purdue’s 2021 NFL Pro Day as Rondale Moore and several of his Boilermaker teammates scorched the indoor turf. Here are the results.
Rondale Moore’s performance
Let’s start with Rondale Moore, who I’ve been tweeting about all day. He measured 5-feet-7-inches even and 180 pounds. His arm came in at 28.25 inches and his hand 8.75 inches. Those two latter marks will be a point of contention for some teams.
Moore’s forty times ranged between 4.28 seconds to 4.34 seconds. The 10-yard split came in between 1.55 to 1.58 seconds, a bit slower than I expected. For comparative purposes, Henry Ruggs had 10-yard split results that ranged between 1.44 to 1.52 seconds at last year’s combine.
His vertical jump was 42.5 inches, three-cone 6.65 to 6.68 seconds, and short shuttle 4.06 seconds. I am getting verification on Moore’s broad jump as the number I received is exceedingly low which leads me to believe he fell backward during his attempts.
For comparative purposes on the three-cone, just four receivers timed under 7 seconds during the 2020 NFL Combine, with Denzel Mims posting the fastest with times of 6.66 and 6.69 seconds.
Other 2021 Purdue Pro Day numbers
Linebacker Derrick Barnes measured just under 6-feet ½ inch and 238 pounds. His forty times came in as fast as 4.57 seconds, vertical jump 37 inches, broad jump 9-feet-11-inches with 29 reps on the bench. His short shuttle timed 4.27 to 4.32 seconds.
UConn transfer Tyler Coyle had a sensational day. The safety timed as fast as 4.36 seconds in the forty, 4.00 in the short shuttle, and 7.14 in the three-cone. His vertical touched 39 inches with 11-feet-1-inch in the broad jump, and 24 reps on the bench. His measurements came in at 6-feet-0.5-inch and 209 pounds.
Coyle is an interesting case. He entered the season with sixth-round grades from scouts but was used on a rotational basis after transferring to Purdue. Unlikely to be selected in the draft, Coyle could be a find as a PFA.
Offensive tackle Grant Hermanns showed power and size during his workout. He measured 6-feet-7.5-inches and 300 pounds. Hermanns completed 29 reps on the bench (33.5-inch arms), touched 27 inches in the vertical jump and 8-feet-11-inches in the broad jump. His short shuttle time was 4.81 seconds and three-cone 7.76 seconds. Both were solid marks. Hermanns played left tackle for Purdue but is a terrific developmental right tackle for the next level.
Defensive tackle Lorenzo Neal times the forty at 5.59 seconds at 318 pounds (1.84s ten yard split) and 27 reps on the bench press.
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