NFL notables check out two Kentucky defensive standouts

Representatives from 18 NFL teams -- including Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer and Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, as well as Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees -- were present for Kentucky's pro day on Thursday.



The workout was held indoors and run on FieldTurf.

Outside linebacker Alvin "Bud" Dupree (6-foot-4 1/8, 257 pounds) ran the 20-yard short shuttle in 4.47 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.49 seconds. He stood on his other numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine, which were outstanding. Dupree posted the top broad jump among linebackers, and was a top performer among linebackers in the 40-yard dash and vertical jump. Dupree's broad jump was spectacular, going 11 feet, 6 inches. Connecticut defensive back Byron Jones broke the combine and world broad-jump marks with a jump of 12 feet, 3 inches. Given Dupree's size, his broad jump might have been even more impressive than Jones'.

Defensive end Za'Darius Smith (6-4 5/8, 271) ran the 40 in 4.75 and 4.78 seconds. He had a 28 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-4 broad jump. He also had a short shuttle time of 4.63 seconds. He was worked out at both outside linebacker and as a hand-in-the-ground pass rusher at the pro day. His best NFL position, however, is as a pass rusher. His combination of weight and speed will be appetizing for NFL teams.

Offensive lineman Darrian Miller (6-5, 296) ran the 40 in 5.38 and 5.39 seconds. He had a 22-inch vertical jump and 8-foot-6 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.95 seconds and the three-cone in 7.71 seconds. He also performed 16 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. He had a good workout, but he has to get a lot stronger to play offensive tackle in the NFL.

Running back Braylon Heard (5-9 3/4, 192) ran the 40 in 4.57 and 4.53 seconds. Then, he chose not to do a positional workout without a reason given as to why.

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