OXFORD, Ohio – Cold and windy weather provided less-than-ideal conditions for Miami University’s 2013 Pro Day Thursday afternoon at Yager Stadium, where eight former RedHawks turned in solid performances, including quarterback Zac Dysert.
“It’s unfortunate for all these guys that they had to deal with this weather,” said former RedHawk wide receiver and current Cincinnati Bengals offensive assistant Brayden Coombs about the 30-degree temperatures and 20 mph wind gusts. “It’s cold and with the wind like that for a quarterback workout is never going to make things easy.”
Coombs represented one of the nearly 20 teams in attendance, which included the Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs, Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers, just to name a few.
In addition to Dysert, Miami seniors DJ Brown (CB), Andy Cruse (WR), Luke Swift (WR), Evan Harris (LB), Pat Hinkel (S), Luke Kelly (LB) and Jason Semmes (DE) also performed at Pro Day.
Cruse and junior Luke Swift, ran various scripted routes for Dysert, who threw 64 passes in his segment of Thursday’s workouts.
“Zac has a strong arm and was accurate for the most part,” Coombs said. “He was a little inconsistent today, had a few get away from him, but in general he showed the same things we’ve seen.”
Dysert, who sustained a slight hamstring tear last month training at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., didn’t participate in any other drills, as he’s not yet cleared to run at full speed.
"The fact that he didn't run probably hurts him a little bit because he’s an athletic guy," said Coombs. "Compared to most other quarterbacks, that’s going to work to his advantage .”
“It’s probably like 85 percent,” Dysert said about his hamstring. “It feels fine. It doesn’t hurt when I jog or when I run, but I haven’t sprinted.”
The 6-foot-3, 228-pound signal caller said he would wait another week before he starts to push it more. He’ll also workout for NFL Scouts again on April 15 in Oxford.
Dysert, who completed 62.9 percent of his passes for 3,483 yards with 25 TDs during his senior season at Miami, is projected to be drafted anywhere from the second round to the sixth round of next month’s NFL Draft.
“It’s so tough to say (where he’ll be drafted) just because the way this year is with quarterbacks,” Coombs said. “There are teams that need them and there is a very limited pool. It’s not like last year where you had four or five first-round guys. A team could fall in love with him and he could go in the second round or nobody could take him until the fifth. I think he could go anywhere in that range.”
Dysert said he had six formal and about 20 informal interviews at the NFL Combine last month in Indianapolis. His formal interviews were with the Bengals, Bears, Bills, Cardinals, Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars.
“I can’t really control (where I’ll be selected), so I don’t worry about it,” Dysert said. “It used to drive me crazy. I used to think about it all the time, but it was driving me insane, so I just stopped worrying about it.”
Local athletes Cruse and Brown also caught the eye of NFL scouts.
Cruse, a 6-4, 215-pound receiver, recorded a vertical jump of 34 inches and had a broad jump of 10-feet, 6-inches. The Cincinnati native also ran an unofficial 40-yard dash time of 4.56 and put up 13 reps in the 225-pound bench press.
“I’ve been training for two and a half months pretty hard, so it’s just nice to put it all together in this one day,” he said. “Luckily, I put up some good numbers. I was pretty happy with today and I had some fun too.”
Cruse, who tallied a team-high 74 catches for 681 yards with six touchdowns in his final year at Miami, will put his talents on display one more time before the draft in the Bengals’ local workout on April 16.
“There are other guys here who will definitely get brought into training camp,” Coombs said. “I don’t know if anyone else other than Zac will get drafted, but I would say Cruse would definitely be a guy who would be in a training camp somewhere and maybe DJ, too.”
Brown had one of the fastest 40-yard dash times on Thursday, as he was clocked unofficially in the 4.4-second range.