Six Eagle NFL hopefuls worked out for scouts from 22 teams Tuesday at the Yawkey Athletic Center, and Inside the bubble at Alumni Stadium.
After participating in the NFL Scouting Combine, both safety John Johnson and linebacker Matt Milano took part in BC's Pro Day, though neither did a full workout. Content with the majority of his Combine numbers, Johnson only participated in the broad jump (10'0'') and 60-yard shuttle (11.41 seconds). Milano, meanwhile, only participated in position drills due to hamstring stiffness.
Both Milano and Johnson acquitted themselves well at the Combine, and each will likely be selected come draft time, though there is no consensus on exactly when that will be.
Three other graduating Eagles worked out, including defensive end Kevin Kavalec, running back Myles Willis and quarterback Patrick Towles. Among that bunch, Towles probably did himself the most favors, running both a 4.59 second and 4.61 second 40-yard dash. Though both those times are unofficial, flirting with a 4.6 forty is darn impressive for a guy who measured in at 6-foot-4 and 7/8ths, and 241 lbs.
Towles also leaped 33.5 inches in the vertical jump and posted impressive times in his shuttle and cone drills.
While he was uneven at times as a passer, there is no question that Towles is an unbelievable athlete for a quarterback of his size. It seems doubtful he will get drafted, but perhaps his measurables will lead to some team taking a flyer on him as an undrafted free agent.
Kavalec measured in at 6-foot-2, 249 lbs, undersized for an NFL defensive lineman, but did run his 40-yard dashes in the mid-4.7 range. After a strong finish to his senior year, where he collected four sacks in his final five games, perhaps Kavalec can catch on somewhere as a situational pass rusher, or transition to outside linebacker.
Running back Myles Willis had the fastest 40-yard dash of the day. though that might have been expected, clocking in at 4.50 and 4.53 seconds, unofficially. Willis tipped the scales at 192 lbs on a 5-foot-8 frame, and performed 17 reps of 225 lbs on the bench press. All impressive numbers for a small back, and he showed explosive potential with a 36-inch vertical jump.
Willis is in a tough spot because, though he does pack a punch for his size, he wasn't a tremendously productive back, nor was he ever really able to showcase his abilities as a receiver. Add in the fact that his 40 was good, but not great, and the senior will likely have to prove himself in camp somewhere.
BC's other participant was 2015 graduate David Dudeck. During his time at BC, Dudeck played wide receiver and running back, along with starring on special teams, but he worked out as a receiver Tuesday. Dudeck recorded the day's best vertical jump at 37.5 inches, and ran the forty in 4.68 and 4.70 seconds. Dudeck originally signed as an undrafted free agent with Seattle last season, and hopes that Tuesday's workout will give him another chance to catch on with a team in the league.
Perhaps just as interesting as Tuesday's results were the players who did not participate in Boston College's Pro Day. Defensive tackle Truman Gutapfel, a standout for the BC defense the last few years, did not participate, nor did running back Tyler Rouse. Both are draft eligible recent grads who would seem to be of interest to NFL teams, especially Gutapfel, so it will be interesting to see if either pursues an NFL career.