Only four Illini took part in the NFL Combine a few weeks ago, and of those four the two who put up the most impressive results were defensive tackle Akeem Spence and cornerback Terry Hawthorne. Spence showed off his strength by doing more reps (37) on the bench press than all but two other participants. Hawthorne showed off his speed by running a 4.44 in the 40-yard dash.
But while those may have been very impressive efforts in one event, it appears that defensive tackle Glenn Foster may have been Illinois' best all-around performer had he been invited to the combine. Foster put on quite the show at Illinois' Pro Day on Thursday.
From the school's official release:
Defensive lineman Glenn Foster stole the show in the weight room with a 39.5-inch vertical leap and 29 bench press reps of 225 pounds, both the top totals of the day. The 6'4", 286-pound Foster also posted impressive numbers in the board jump (10' 9"), 40-yard dash (4.79), 20-yard shuttle (4.46) and 3-cone drill (7.09). For comparison, all six of Foster's measurements would have ranked in the top-15 among defensive linemen at this year's NFL combine, with his vertical jump and broad jump marks ranking first among his peers at the combine.
The good news for Glenn is that even though this didn't happen at the combine, there were plenty of NFL scouts in Champaign yesterday, and you have to think his draft stock is improving fast after a performance like that.
Which means that we could hear quite a few Illini names called during the NFL Draft.
And all that will do is make everyone wonder how the hell we only won two damn games.