Indiana safety Jamar Johnson wanted to run his 40-yard dash in less than 4.6 seconds.
Mission accomplished during Friday’s pro day.
The 6-foot-2, 205-pound safety’s best attempt in the 40 was a 4.58-second time, according to senior bowl director Jim Nagy. His other time was exactly 4.6.
For a player who has been rated as a possible Day 2 pick, Johnson’s performance did nothing to take away from those evaluations. The first-team All-Big Ten selection also logged a 35-inch vertical jump, a 4.41-second short shuttle, and a 7.22-second three-cone drill.
Both the 40 time and his vertical leap would have ranked in the top 12 among safeties at last year’s combine. His short shuttle would have ranked seventh, while his 17 bench-press reps of 225 pounds would have ranked 10th.
Whop Philyor, on the other hand, didn’t have a particularly fast day for a receiver, registering a 4.57-second 40-yard dash. That would have placed just inside the top 30 of last year’s receiver crop. His vertical jump of 31 inches would have placed 45th.
But Philyor, who officially measured at 5-9 1/2 and 184 pounds, did flash some short-area quickness. His short shuttle of 4.34 seconds would have been good enough to rank in the top 10 amongst receivers at the 2020 combine. His three-cone time of 7.20 seconds would have placed 16th.
IU running back Stevie Scott, who weighed in at 225 pounds, logged a 4.66-second 40-yard dash. That would have been just outside the top 25 of running backs at last year’s combine. His three-cone of 7.14 seconds, though, would have been eighth. His 18 bench-press reps would have ranked in the top 15.
One of the surprise stars of IU’s pro day may have been defensive tackle Jovan Swann. The former Stanford grad transfer registered 34 bench-press reps Friday, which would have ranked tops among defensive linemen at last year’s combine. At the 2020 event, Ohio State’s DaVon Hamilton was able to lift 225 pounds 33 times.
Swann, who weighed in at 292 pounds, also ran the 40-yard dash in 4.90 seconds. For comparison, first-team All-Big Ten defensive tackle Jerome Johnson ran a 5.12-second 40 and put up 21 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.
IU got another impressive performance on the bench from center Harry Crider. The senior from Columbus raised the 225-pound bar 31 times, which would have ranked fifth at last year’s combine. For comparison, IU offensive lineman Simon Stepaniak, who went on to be a sixth-round draft pick of the Packers, was able to bench-press 225 pounds 37 times at the 2020 combine.