PRO DAY: 2018 Rutgers Scarlet Knights [On Location Exclusive]

Due to inclement weather, this year’s pro day was moved to the New York Jets training facility in Florham Park. While the workout was moved to a pro venue, the event was still operating on a college budget, as the heat was not in use on this day. Temperatures for the workout creeped around 40 degrees, which wasn’t an ideal situation for the players (or the scouts). In all, over 30 scouts were in attendance, including Jets GM Mike Maccagnan and at least 20 NFL teams were confirmed, including: ARZ, ATL, BUF, CLE, DEN, DET, GB, IND, JAX, MIA, MIN, NE, NYG, NYJ, OAK, PIT, SEA, TB, TEN, WAS.

[NOTE]: Media access was extremely limited. Handheld forty-yard dash times were recorded by Ric Serritella, otherwise all other numbers were confirmed with NFL scouts.  

Kyle Bolin, Quarterback

Number: #9 | Hometown: Lexington, KY | HT: 6-2 | WT: 205 | 40-YD: 4.89 | 10-YD: 1.68 | 20-YD: 2.88 | VJ: 30.5” | BJ: 9-0 | L-DRILL: 7.41 | SS: 4.31 | Agent: Mike Celli, Aggressive Sports Inc

Had about as good a workout as one could have, dropping dime after dime in the bucket, executing on deep balls, short balls, on the run and making sure to get the full route tree in with his various receivers. Test Football Academy QB guru Tony Racioppi conducted the throwing session, which included approximately 50 throws. Very few balls hit the ground, one long ball that sailed just past the end zone but can’t recall any others, as he demonstrated great velocity. A few passes were late but overall it was an exceptional day, giving scouts agita on trying to figure out his playing career. A top recruit coming out of high school, he began his career at Louisville, where he made six career starts before transferring to Rutgers for his final year, where he made five starts and was named team captain. He certainly gave teams a reason to re-check the film.

Gus Edwards, Running Back

Number: #13 | Hometown: Staten Island, NY | Agent: Pat Capra, Lunar Sports

Timed an impressive 4.47 and 4.50 in the forty-yard dash, to go along with a 7.20 L-drill time. A between the tackles bruiser, he averaged 4.4 yards per carry this past season, gaining 713 rushing yards on 164 attempts, while adding 13 catches for 103 receiving yards and seven total touchdowns. He will be in a NFL camp come August.

Robert Martin, Running Back

Number: #7 | Hometown: Harrisburg, PA | HT: 5-11 | WT: 210 | 40-YD: 4.67 | 10-YD: 1.63 | BP: 19 | VJ: 32” | BJ: 9-6 | L-DRILL: 6.89 | SS: 4.07 | SIXTY: 11.19 | Agent: Shaun O’Toole

Timed 4.62 and 4.66 in the forty with a 7.06 mark in the L-drill. He experienced a streaky career that began with a bang, as he capped off an impressive freshman year with 100 yards rushing and two touchdowns in a win over North Carolina in the Quick Lane Bowl. But as the revolving door of Scarlet Knights offensive coordinators continued to turn, so did his role in the offense. Stuck in a timeshare, he led Rutgers in rushing as a sophomore (763) and junior (625) before giving heed to Edwards as the primary ball carrier under Jerry Kill. In total, he played for four different offensive coordinators, including Ralph Friedgen and Ben McDaniels.

Josh Hicks, Running Back

Number: #8 | Hometown: Palmetto, FL | HT: 5-9 | WT: 197 | 40-YD: 4.44 | 10-YD: 1.58 | BP: 15 | VJ: 35.5” | BJ: 10-5 | L-DRILL: 7.25 | SS: 4.51 | Agent: Cary Fabrikant, World Class Athlete Management

One of the more impressive players on the day, as he followed up excellent testing numbers with phenomenal work in the positional drills, making catch after catch, a nice one handed grab, while lining up in the backfield and as wide out. After rushing for 1,144 yards his first two seasons, he received just 58 carries during his final two years, gaining 237 rushing yards. He possesses speed, quickness and surprising strength that has allowed him to excel in short yardage situations. He filled in at safety as a sophomore, making a start and has played all special teams units, including kick return duties and tallying 12 tackles on special teams during his career. This is a highly undervalued prospect.

Janarion Grant, Wide Receiver

Number: #1 | Hometown: Trilby, FL | Agent: Rob Roche, RSR Sports

His explosiveness was on display today, as he timed 4.47/4.47 on both forty-yard dash attempts and 7.03 in the L-drill. He also added an impressive one-handed catch in the back of the end zone and returned punts after the throwing session was complete. He dealt with an array of nagging injuries as a senior and suffered a lower right leg injury in the fourth game of his 2016 campaign, causing him to miss the remainder of the season. Despite his struggles to remain on the field, he finished first all-time in Rutgers history with 2,857 kick return yards, fourth all-time in punt return yards with 588 and third in school history with 4,851 all-purpose yards.

Damon Mitchell, Wide Receiver

Number: #5 | Hometown: Egg Harbor City, NJ | HT: 6-1 | WT: 213 | BP: 13 | VJ: 32.5” | BJ: 9-9 | L-DRILL: 6.94 | SS: 4.19 | Agent: Cary Fabrikant, World Class Athlete Management

Spent four seasons at Arkansas, splitting time at both wide receiver and running back before transferring to Rutgers, where he primarily played receiver. For his career, he finished with 33 career touches and 319 total yards from scrimmage.

Dorian Miller, Offensive Guard

Number: #60 | Hometown: Metuchen, NJ | HT: 6-2 | 295 | 40-YD: 5.27 | 10-YD: 1.80 | BP: 22 | VJ: 26.5” | BJ: 8-4 | L-DRILL: 8.00 | SS: 4.69 | Agent: Pat Capra, Lunar Sports

A team captain in 2017, he has made 34 starts over the past three seasons and was named Big Ten All-Conference Honorable Mention as a senior.

Myles Nash, Tight End/Defensive End

Number: #12 | Hometown: Sicklerville, NJ | HT: 6-4 | WT: 253 | 40-YD: 5.03 | 10-YD: 1.74 | BP: 14 | VJ: 27” | BJ: 8-10 | L-DRILL: 7.53 | SS: 4.55 | SIXTY: 12.44 | Agent: Seth Schlessel

Played primarily defensive line during his first three seasons, before seeing action at tight end as a senior, where he made three starts and had three catches. He totaled 17 tackles for his career on the defensive side of the ball.

Kemoko Turay, Defensive End

Number: #58 | Hometown: Newark, NJ Agent: Jason Chayut, SportStars

Suffered an ankle sprain at the combine and did not workout. Had seven and a half sacks and three blocked kicks as a freshman but never found a way to win a starting job over the five-year span he spent in Piscataway. However, his athleticism is freakish, which is why he was invited to the Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine. He finished his Scarlet Knights career with 20.5 tackles for loss, including 15.5 sacks.

Sebastian Joseph, Defensive Tackle

Number: #51 | Hometown: Stroudsburg, Pa. | HT: 6-3 | WT: 299 | 40-YD: 4.96 | 10-YD: 1.68 | BP: 24 | VJ: 31.5” | BJ: 9-4 | L-DRILL: 7.40 | SS: 4.56 | Agent: Pat Capra, Lunar Sports

His rare athleticism for a man of his size was on full display and could turn out to have the longest career of any Rutgers player in this year’s class. He notched 35 career starts at nose tackle and made significant improvement each season. He tallied 41 tackles as a senior, including four and a half tackles for loss.

Darnell Davis, Defensive End

Number: #59 | Hometown: Union, NJ

A team captain this past season and three-time Big Ten All-Academic selection, he finished with 46 career games, making twelve starts, while tallying 101 tackles over the past three seasons.

Ross Douglas, Safety/Linebacker

Number: #21 | Hometown: Avon, OH | HT: 5-9 | WT: 192 | 40-YD: 4.63 | 10-YD: 1.65 | BP: 15 | VJ: 33” | BJ: 10’ | L-DRILL: 7.39 | SS: 4.27 | SIXTY: 11.87 | Agent: Vince Calo

Spent three seasons at Michigan as a running back and defensive back before transferring to Rutgers, where he played 10 games at safety (one start) as a junior and twelve games at strong-side linebacker as a senior. He collected 38 tackles and had four pass deflections in 2017.

Ryan Anderson, Punter

Number: #96 | Hometown: DeWitt, MI | Agent: Jill Baxter

The D-III Olivet transfer product dropped the boom on the scouts with consistent hang-time well above the league average of 4.40, consistently hanging the ball up in the 4.5-range with a handful of punts in the 4.7’s. His directional punts and inside the twenty were on the money. This is a NFL punter.

ETC,.

A handful of players from last year also participated, including safety Anthony Cioffi, who timed 4.44 in the forty and 6.62 in the short shuttle, with a 32” vert … defensive lineman Darius Hamilton, who benched 23 reps, with a 27” vertical, 8-1 broad jump and 5.22 forty … wide receiver Vance Matthews and linebacker Greg Jones did positional drills … TEST Football Academy in Martinsville, NJ trained nine of the Scarlet Knights leading up to the workout … Rutgers Spring Game is schedule for April 14th.

 

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Rick Serritella

Established in 2002, NFL Draft Bible Founder Ric Serritella began his independent scouting service as a publication used by all 32 NFL teams. Eventually, it would evolve into an online scouting resource that reaches millions of people each month. An early adaptor to technology, the NFL Draft Bible produced the first ever livestream video show and live podcast on location from the NFL Draft. The NFL Draft Bible network extends to professional football leagues all over the world and includes general managers, executives, scouts, coaches, agents, trainers, advisors, along with other media outlets and draftniks. In addition to owning the NFL Draft Bible, Serritella has also served as executive producer of the T.Ocho Show (2010) on NBC Sports, producer for The Mike & The Mad Dog Show (2002) on YES Network, producer for NFL Now with Mike Francesa, one of the only nationally syndicated NFL shows at that time (2003), producer on ESPN Hollywoood (2005) and helped start up the Wall Street Journal YouTube channel (2007). He has interviewed the likes of Donald Trump, Roger Goodell, Archie Manning, Shaquille O'Neal, Allen Iverson, Danica Patrick, Venus Williams, Howard Stern, Don King, Jay-Z, Madonna, Bon Jovi and hundreds of other celebrities/athletes. Other involvements include helping build the fiber-optic system for MLB Network during his time as manager at HTN Communications, writing for USA TODAY, working for CBS and AEG Live. Since 2015, he has served as the Director of Media for the Parabolic Performance NFL Draft Prep program. In 2017, Serritella served as the Director of Player Personnel for the College Gridiron Showcase & Symposium. A graduate of Johnson & Wales University (JWU) in Providence, RI, Serritella earned a B.A. in Sports Entertainment & Event Management and was honored with the Inaugural Sports Entertainment & Event Management Success Board Achievement Award by the school in 2009. While attending JWU, he interned for the New England Patriots and ESPN X-Games. A proud member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Serritella currently resides in his home state of New Jersey.

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