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Kansas' workout wonder completes impressive draft season


Representatives from 27 NFL teams were present for Kansas' pro day on Wednesday, when 15 players worked out outdoors.

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Inside linebacker Ben Heeney (6-foot 1/8, 231 pounds) had a good pro day workout, capping what has been an impressive draft season. Heeney was a standout at the East-West Shrine Game practices.

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Heeney followed that up by posting fantastic numbers at the NFL Scouting Combine. He was among the top performers in his position group in the 40-yard dash, and he posted the best time among linebackers in the 20-yard short shuttle, 60-yard shuttle and three-cone drill. His 6.68-second three-cone time is unheard of for a player at his position (in fact, it was the fifth-best posted by a linebacker at the combine since 2006). At his pro day, Heeney had 19 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press, which matched the total he posted in Indianapolis.

Cornerback Dexter McDonald (6-0 3/4, 203) ran the 40 in 4.42 and 4.43 seconds. He had a 40 1/2-inch vertical jump and an 11-foot-2 broad jump. He had a three-cone time of 6.93 seconds and a 20-yard short shuttle time of 4.56 seconds. He performed 10 strength lifts. McDonald -- who wasn't at the combine -- is a very talented athlete who just needs to be more aggressive.

Cornerback Jacorey Shepherd (5-10 5/8, 194) ran the 40 in 4.65 and 4.68 seconds. However, he's dealing with a hamstring issue that he's not 100 percent recovered from. So, he did not do the shuttle runs or the jumps. He made a great effort in running the 40 and working out on the field for his positional drills.

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Wide receiver Nigel King (6-2 1/8, 214) ran the 40 in 4.56 and 4.54 seconds. He had a 39 1/2-inch vertical jump and 10-foot-8 broad jump. He also did the short shuttle in 4.36 seconds and performed 15 strength lifts.

The pro day at Kansas -- which just completed its first season under new coach Clint Bowen -- was an extremely well-organized event. The program made the scouts from 27 NFL teams very happy by serving breakfast in the morning and pizza after the workout.

Follow Gil Brandt on Twitter @Gil_Brandt.



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