By: Phillip Lutz, Sports Editor
The past weekend saw significant movement for some former Michigan Wolverines as they worked out at the NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Offensive lineman Mason Cole, linebacker Mike McCray, and defensive lineman Maurice Hurst were on hand to improve their draft stock and impress teams. Their goal: having their name called in late April at the NFL draft.
Mason Cole, who will probably be a center or guard, worked out well. He put up 23 reps on the bench press, had a 5.23 forty yard dash run, and a 7.77 cone drill run. Cole also had a 104 inch broad jump, and a 23.5 vertical jump.
Cole was a four-year starter for the Wolverines and played great at left tackle and center throughout his career for Michigan.
Mike McCray put up good numbers at the combine with 16 reps on the bench press, a 4.76 forty yard dash run, and a 7.09 three cone drill. McCray also had a 4.25 shuttle run, a 119 inch broad jump, and a 31.5 vertical jump.
McCray was a three-year player for the Wolverines and a captain for the 2017 team. He had 162 total tackles in his Wolverine career with 87 coming as solo tackles. McCray also had 30.5 tackles for loss in his Wolverines career which resulted in 123 yards. He also had 10 passes defended, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, and a block.
Maurice Hurst, a first round talent, was unable to participate in drills at the NFL Combine due to a heart problem being discovered. It was reported by the Detroit Free Press that this had happened before and no measures were needed to be fixed, but Hurst will get it checked out before his pro day at Michigan on March 23.
Hurst was a consensus All-American in 2017 and a four-year starter for the Wolverines. In his four years he racked up 12.5 sacks, 130 total tackles including 61 solo tackles. Hurst also had 32.5 tackles for a loss resulting in 134 yards lost. He had three passes defended, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, and a block.
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