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Small-school QB works out at TE at Northwestern's pro day


Representatives from all 32 NFL teams -- including New England Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio and a defensive line coach from the Philadelphia Eagles -- were on hand for Northwestern's pro day on Tuesday.


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There were eight Northwestern prospects, plus 37 others from area small schools, who participated in the event, which was run indoors on FieldTurf.

Fullback Dan Vitale -- 6-foot-0 7/8, 240 pounds -- stood on his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine. He caught the ball well working out as a fullback in the positional drills.

Defensive end Dean Lowry -- 6-5 3/4, 295 -- also only went through positional drills, and did well.

Both of those two aforementioned players were at the combine. Another prospect who worked out could get a look by an NFL team, possibly as a free-agent pickup following the 2016 NFL Draft.

Wide receiver Miles Shuler -- 5-9 1/2, 173 -- ran the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds on both attempts. He had a 33 1/2-inch vertical jump and 10-foot-6 broad jump. He did the 20-yard short shuttle in 4.1 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.78 seconds. He's a speed free agent only. He looked good in the wide receiver workout, but will be brought into a camp because of his speed.

One of the prospects from the area small schools also had a noteworthy workout. Ferris State quarterback Jason Vanderlaan was worked out at both quarterback and tight end by the Patriots' Caserio. I was told that he looked very good.

Follow Gil Brandt on Twitter @Gil_Brandt.



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