Chapel Hill, N.C. - More than 40 NFL personnel – including scouts, position coaches, head coaches and general managers – attended Carolina's annual Pro Timing Day Tuesday. They were on hand to put the Tar Heels' pro prospects through a series of tests, jumps and workouts.
Among those working out was offensive guard Jonathan Cooper who is projected to be a first round pick. Cooper, a native of Wilmington, N.C., has spent the last few months working out in Arizona. Cooper was a finalist for the Outland Trophy and was a consensus first-team All-America in 2012.
"It was a good day," said Cooper. "It was different than the combine because of the personal attention here, and I enjoyed the experience. I really enjoyed being back in Chapel Hill and being around my old teammates."
Cooper was joined by 14 other Tar Heels who finished their careers last year, including PK Casey Barth, TB Giovani Bernard, OG Travis Bond, WR Jheranie Boyd, B Dion Guy, WR Erik Highsmith, DB Pete Mangum, FB Kenny Owens, FB Devon Ramsay, LB Kevin Reddick, DB Gene Robinson, DS Parker Thomas, OT Brennan Williams and DT Sylvester Williams. Three former Tar Heels - FB Curtis Byrd, WR Brooks Foster and LB Quan Sturdivant - also participated in the pro day.
Boyd, a native of Gastonia, N.C., had an outstanding workout, running the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds and registering a 41 1/2 inch veritcal and an 11-foot broad jump. On his vertical jump, he touched the highest measure mark available on the device, and many observers thought the actual jump was higher than 41 1/2.
Another of the most observed propects was Bernard, who declared for the NFL draft after rushing for more than 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons.
"It's good to be back and representing North Carolina," he said. "I don't really worry about where I'm projected. I just want to be selected as high as possible and go play football."
Scouts from 30 of the 32 teams were in Chapel Hill, and included head coaches Marvin Lewis (Cincinnati) and Gus Bradley (Jacksonville). General managers from Detroit, Jacksonville and the New York Jets were in attendance.