Notre Dame Pro Day sightings

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Everyone wanted to know the number of the man who came to Notre Dame Pro Day to do one thing: run 40.

We have the number. 4.56. It wasn’t good enough for him to bow out and leave the facility like Deion Sanders did after running his 40 at the NFL Combine, but the slight improvement in his combine time should be more than enough to satisfy what is evident on film.

Hamilton can run. He can move like very few humans do at 6’4’220, which is why he didn’t have to do any more exercises after what he already did at the combine. If he ran under 4.5, that would have been enough to satisfy any NFL team, but a throw on the film and him running in the mid 4.5 should be more than enough to keep him in the top 5. in the eyes of scouts.

– Kyren Williams ran a 4.54, which is a tenth faster than what he ran in Indianapolis. It certainly helps teams that had questions about his speed. He also had a fantastic day catching the ball for Jack Coan.

Unsurprisingly, he was restless from his breaks and he showed he could even track the deep ball well on a few pitches. That’s something we haven’t seen from him in his Notre Dame career.

After seeing this capture, maybe we should have.

He’s going to be a valuable piece for any lucky team that takes him. I know he don’t want to be labeled as a 3rd back but what a weapon to have as a guy who can work out of the backfield or into the slot

– I thought it was the sharpest course I’ve seen from Kevin Austin. He clearly put in some time with his footwork and he caught the ball well today. There were several throws from Coan where he was forced to get a full extension and snatch the ball away from his body. He did it with no problem.

I know Notre Dame fans will be upset to hear that his best football is ahead of him, but that’s most likely the case for Austin as long as he can stay healthy.

– I thought Coan threw the ball great today. I was there for DeShone Kizer’s Pro Daysand Coan’s was more impressive in my opinion. He threw the intermediate ball with great speed, delivered the ball in motion better than expected, and his ball placement was very good for a high percentage of shots.

The ball hit the ground five times. One was a throw that was a little too far inside Austin that slipped past his fingertips. One was a bullet that Austin might have had on his shoulder. Two misses were for a NAIA receiver practicing today and I would put more on him than Coan. There was only one bad miss today where he went on a crossfade to Williams.

He was very accurate with intermediate throws and was by far the best I had seen of throwing the ball deep to him. He seemed to put more air underneath and he handed some pennies to Wiliams and Austin who had the players and parents cheering him on loudly.

– Kurt Hinish seemed to be in great shape. It’s amazing how much he has transformed his body since arriving at Notre Dame.

– Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa had a problem with his hamstrings when he ran the 3-cone today. Hope it’s nothing serious.

To me it looks like he would be in the best position to gain weight and get back to the 290 range. I see his future as an indoor player at the top level and not at the end.

– Hamilton may have finished the day earlier than everyone else, but he stayed through the entire practice session and chatted with Steve Smith, Jerome Bettis, Marcus Freeman and others from the NFL Network.

– Saw a report that New Orleans head coach Dennis Allen, Washington head coach Ron Rivera, Green Bay general manager Brian Gutekunst and Pittsburgh general manager Kevin Colbert were in attendance today. If they were there, they never set foot on the court during practice, which would be very unusual for a Pro Day.

I didn’t see any NFL head coaches or general managers there, but there were representatives from at least 27 NFL teams in attendance. The only teams I didn’t see there were New England, Carolina, Dallas, Kansas City and Minnesota, but I might have missed seeing a logo or two or three.

There were more than a few teams that sent multiple scouts there like Chicago, Detroit, Buffalo and Philadelphia.

– Several former Notre Dame players showed up to watch, including Troy Pride, Alohi Gilman, Shaun Crawford, Nick McCloud, Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Zack Martin and Bettis.

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