Boston College had two athletes workout in front of NFL scouts at this years NFL Combine in Indianapolis. Linebacker Matt Milano, and defensive back John Johnson performed drills in front of NFL teams on Sunday and Monday.
Milano a 6’1 220 lb linebacker went first, performing with the linebackers on Sunday.
As you can see above, Milano finished with a 4.67 40 time, 11th best for linebackers who performed. In his other events Vertical - 35” (5th) 40 - 4.67 (8th) Bench - 24 (T-3rd) Broad jump - 10’6” (4th). Not a bad combine overall for Milano who was projected to be a 6th or 7th round pick before the draft. What did scouts have to say about him? According to a scout to NFL.com "I love watching him on tape. You just know he wishes he were bigger so he could hit even harder. He's not as good as (Brian) Cushing, but that's the same kind of mentality he plays with." I have to imagine that his draft stock was helped with his performance on Sunday, as right now NFL.com has his listed as a possible special teamer.
John Johnson worked out on Monday, and his results were solid.
At a position that needs speed he ran a 4.61, he finished 15th out 18, the leader being Obi Melifonwu of UConn who finished with a 4.4. Johnson did however finish 4th in the vertical jump, which is definitely an important drill for defensive backs. Even though he didn’t finish high on any particular drill, scouts raved “He's really caught my eye out here. Had to go look him up with one of our scouts to find out more about the kid. Way more athletic than a lot of the safeties you see out at this game.” His NFL draft profile also predicts he could be an early starter in the NFL.
Congratulations to both men, hopefully their workouts for teams go as positively as their Combine experiences.