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Rees Shines At #NDProDay

Mar 20, 2014, 8:58 PM EST

Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees (PHOTO: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY) Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees (PHOTO: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY)

On Thursday morning a plethora of NFL scouts, video crews and media members convened inside the “Gug” to witness Notre Dame Football’s 2014 Pro Day.

During Pro Day, former Irish student-athletes go through a variety of activities that range from “measurables” (height, weight, wingspan, etc…) to on-field (3-cone drill, 40-yard dash, 60-yard shuttle, etc…).

I had the opportunity to have inside-access to Pro Day, which allowed me to see the players go through their entire workouts, beginning at 10:30 A.M. (ET). Many players stood out to me and had great workouts, but I want to focus on former Irish signal caller Tommy Rees.

While I was watching Rees go through his passing tree, I struck up a conversation with an unnamed NFL scout about his thoughts on one of the more accurate Irish quarterbacks in program history.

(The quotes below are from notes I took during the conversation and after Rees’ performance was complete)

“Rees helped himself today with his performance in the workouts,” the unnamed scout said. He went on to say that he “expects Rees to find a home for camp.”

Connecting on 32 of 34 passes during the quarterback portion of Pro Day, Rees showed off his ability to throw the deep ball.

“I’m pleasantly surprised to see his (Rees) arm strength throwing towards the boundaries,” the same scout went on to talk about how many people don’t recognize that Rees’s release on his deep routes is quick and efficient and his release is relatively similar no matter what pattern he is throwing.

Now let’s take a look at Rees’s numbers on the day:

Height: 6’1.5″

Weight: 210 lbs.

Arm Length: 31 1/8″

Hand: 9 1/8″

Vertical Leap: 31″

His vertical leap of 31” would have ranked sixth among quarterbacks at the NFL Combine. He bested Tajh Boyd (30.5, Clemson), Jimmy Garoppolo (30.5, Eastern Illinois), Teddy Bridgewater (30.0, Louisville), Stephen Morris (30.0, Miami, Fla.) and Jordan Lynch (29.5, Northern Illinois).

Broad Jump: 8’9″

40-Yard Dash: 5.09 seconds

20-Yard Shuttle Run: 4.54 seconds

3-Cone Drill (L-Cone): 7.32 seconds

For more information on Thursday’s Pro Day, including numbers and notes from all Irish players who participated, click here.

  1. a68domer - Mar 21, 2014 at 6:21 AM

    You Go, Tommy!

  2. 1historian - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    Good luck TR

  3. jimcapistrano - Apr 8, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    …where’s this kid Rees been the last 5-years?…

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