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Notre Dame players impress at pro day

Thursday, March 19, 2009

By TOM COYNE

AP Sports Writer

SOUTH BEND -- When former Notre Dame safety David Bruton saw that his former teammate, cornerback Terrail Lambert, posted a pair of 4.3 40-yard dashes while NFL scouts watched on Thursday, he was ready to race.

Bruton, who was timed at 4.46 at the NFL Scouting Combine in February, said he wanted to race Lambert to see who was faster, but decided on the advice of coach Charlie Weis to let his combine time stand instead of running again during Notre Dame's pro day.

"I said Terrail, 'Me and you should race. We're going to finish this right now," Bruton joked. "Maybe next week him and me will race."

Weis said both defensive backs helped their draft hopes with their speed. Lambert, who was 10th on the team with 33 tackles, was timed at 4.37 and 4.36 on Thursday.

"I think similar to Bruton at the combine, he had measurables that went through the roof," Weis said. "He got everybody's attention."

Lambert said he could have posted an even faster time.

"I was hoping to get a 4.2, but I kind of slipped at the start," he said. "But I'll take a 4.3. It's cool."

Lambert also drew a chorus of "Oooos" from Irish players watching the workouts when he made a one-handed catch with his left hand when in one drill, he was running with backwards, spun around and someone from the other direction fired a pass at him.

Scouts from 21 of the NFL's 32 teams attended the workouts.

Defensive end Justin Brown, linebacker Maurice Crum Jr., defensive tackle Pat Kuntz, fullback Asaph Schwapp and offensive tackle Mike Turkovich participated. Also working out were former Irish tight end Marcus Freeman, St. Francis defensive back Paul Carter and Valparaiso offensive lineman Ryan Kozy.

Notre Dame wide receiver David Grimes, who is recovering from back surgery, attended but didn't work out.

Bruton, who was second on the team with 97 tackles, probably has done the most to improve his draft status since the end of the season, Weis said. Bruton was originally projected as likely to be picked in the middle rounds, but now could go as high as late in the second round, Weis said.

"I don't know that, but I'm saying he could get into the bottom of the second round because the arrow with everybody with him is pointing up," he said.

Bruton said he's hoping to go in the first round.

"If I don't go first day it's not the end of the world. But it would be great to go first day and see my name announced that very first day and my whole family just going nuts with me," he said.

Schwapp and Kuntz impressed the scouts with their strength, Weis said. Schwapp bench pressed 225 pounds 33 times, while Kuntz did 31 repetitions.

The scouts also measured and weighed Notre Dame juniors who will be draft-eligible next season and gave them an aptitude test. Weis said scouts already were asking him about more than a dozen players from the junior class, saying he predicts the Irish will have more likely draft players in the future.

"Even back up guys here were people they were asking about. They didn't ask that going into this year," he said.



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