According to Gil Brandt of NFL.com, eight NFL teams were on hand to scout some Duke seniors at their recently held Pro Day. Even though Brandt doesn’t mention the blazing 4.36 40-yard dash time that wide receiver Eron Riley apparently posted last Monday, he does make some notable commendations and predictions regarding a few Blue Devils.
Linebacker Michael Tauiliili didn’t blow anyone away with his times and measurements, but he did have a solid showing in a well-rounded workout. It was enough for Brandt to call the productive middle linebacker, who earned a reputation for having a nonstop motor during his tenure at Duke, a “future special teams star in the pros.”
Maybe the biggest surprise was offensive tackle Cameron Goldberg, who, at 286 lbs, may be a little light to anchor an NFL line. But as Brandt pointed out, Goldberg showed some outstanding upper-body strength for the scouts. Goldberg put up a whopping 37 repetitions at the 225 lbs bench press–a number that would have made him the second strongest offensive lineman at the NFL Combine, behind only Texas Tech’s Louis Vasquez and his 39 reps. Though it is just a number, there’s no doubt that Goldberg’s measurable strength could persuade an NFL team to take a flyer on him in the sixth or seventh round.
Check out Brandt’s full blog post, which includes more testing results from Tauiliili and Goldberg along with some commentary on safety Adrian Aye-Darko and tackle Fred Roland.