Indiana defensive tackle Adam Replogle wasn’t invited to the NFL Combine in February, but on Monday at Indiana’s Pro Day, he proved that he probably should have been.
In front of more than a dozen NFL scouts, Replogle bench pressed 225 pounds 38 times, which matched the best mark by any player at the NFL combine. He also ran a 40-yard dash that, hand-timed, appeared to be under 5.0 seconds.He also had a vertical leap of approximately 31 inches. He also appeared to perform well in agility drills.
Replogle recorded 5.0 sacks and 71 tackles, including 13.0 for loss last season to earn inclusion on the All-Big Ten second team, but that wasn’t enough for a combine invite. He’s been working out on campus at IU since, however, and hopes that the scouts that game to Bloomington on Monday will be impressed enough to use a draft pick on him anyway.
“(I think I proved) that I can stand with the guys that got invited to the combine,” Replogle said. “I think if you compare my numbers to theirs, it’s pretty comparable, my stats are pretty comparable. I think I went out here and proved myself a little bit.”
Indiana strength and conditioning coach Mark Hill certainly thought so as well.
“I think he proved what he is,” Hill said. “He proved that what you see on film is what you get with him. Strong, athletic guy. Intelligent. He’s obviously going to graduate. He’s rugged. He’s durable, hasn’t missed a lot of games. Doesn’t miss a practice. Does what he needs to do. He proved what he needed to do, it’s not just on film. He can get it done in the weight room, out here on the field and everything else.”
Defensive tackle Larry Black Jr. and Will Matte had solid outings as well. Matte benched 225 31 times. Black finished at about 22 in part because he hit the weight rack early. Black was at about 4.9 in the 40 and had a solid performance otherwise in agility drills.
“The bench I’m very disappointed, I wanted to go about 27,” said Black, who said he has been working out at a facility called Ignition in Naples, Fla. “… But other than that, I felt like I dominated everything else and was right around what I was projected and what I was running.”
Matte ran the 40 in about 5.2 and was solid in the agility drills. His vertical leap was shaky at best, but jumping isn’t something centers are often asked to do.
“I might not be able to jump out of the building,” Matte said. “I’ll play as hard as I can all the time. It’s a low-risk opportunity. I’m not going to screw around. I come to work, It’s business. I’ll give it my all, you’re not gonna get any issues with me. … I’ve always kind of been a shaky jumper. But I trained at it the best I could. I’m not gonna get 20 rebounds a game, but I’ll step up and do it.”
Former running back Darius Willis also worked out at the pro day and looked explosive. He ran several 40s at approximately 4.4 seconds according to hand times. Willis rushed for 885 yards and 10 touchdowns in two seasons as Indiana’s starting tailback, but hasn’t played since 2010. In 2011 he became a medical non-participant because of an ankle injury, maintaining his scholarship but leaving the team. He appeared to be healthy on Monday, though, and was just as explosive in agility drills as sprints. He did not speak with reporters at Pro Day, though it was unclear that he was aware reporters would want to speak to him.