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Manitoba Bison Puts on Show for NFL

WINNIPEG, MB. – Yesterday at the University of Manitoba the Manitoba Bisons offensive lineman Geoff Gray had his official pro day football workout in front of eight NFL teams and two CFL teams in attendance. Gray, 22, was the second Manitoba Bisons to hold a pro day workout and is back-to-back years that a pro day has occurred (David

Gray, 22, was the second Manitoba Bisons to hold a pro day workout and is back-to-back years that a pro day has occurred (David Onyemata in 2016) at U of M. He impressed during the weight room and on-field workout/drills. The Winnipeg native had a busy day at both facilities and received positive feedback from those in attendance. “I think I reassured the scouts here today and pretty sure that I did and I can’t complain,” stated Gray after his pro day. “The numbers were what I expected and the drills seemed to work out…It was physically demanding but nothing that I didn’t prepare for. I think my numbers are competitive and pleased with them.”

“I think I reassured the scouts here today and pretty sure that I did and I can’t complain,” stated Gray after his pro day. “The numbers were what I expected and the drills seemed to work out…It was physically demanding but nothing that I didn’t prepare for. I think my numbers are competitive and pleased with them.”Gray made

Gray made a strong impression to the contingent of NFL and CFL scouts plus coaches with his numbers registered during his pro day.

Height: 6.54

Weight: 315 lbs.

Hand Length: 9 3/8

Arm Length: 34

Wingspan: 79 5/8

Vertical Jump: 31”

Broad Jump: 9’6”

Bench Press: 25 reps at 225 lbs.

40 Yard Dash (1): 5.28

40 Yard Dash (2): 5.40

3-Cone: 7.83 seconds

Pro Agility (5-10-5) 20-yard shuttle: 4.78 seconds

Gray’s numbers ranked highly compared to 2017 NFL combine results for an offensive lineman. In the vertical jump, 31” is tied for 2nd; broad jump, 9’6” is tied for 2nd; bench press, 25 reps is tied for 14th; 3-Cone, 7.83 seconds is tied for 15th; 20 yard shuttle, 4.78 seconds is tied for 15th and 40 Yard Dash, 5.28 is 16th.

Prior to the pro day, veteran offensive lineman coach Eddie Williamson assisted with Gray’s preparations in Florida and at Winnipeg. Williamson stated after the pro day, “Geoff soaked up the info over the sessions with me and knows how to take directions. I am really impressed by him. I feel he is suited for the guard position and needs an NFL team to give him a chance to grow and I think he can play.”

The 6’6”, 310 lbs. offensive lineman finished his fourth playing season at Manitoba in the 2016 season and started all eight league games for the Bisons, who averaged 34.5 points and 487.1 total yards per contest, including 333.1 yards through the air, good for third in the country in his senior year. In addition, the Winnipeg native was selected and played in the prestigious East-West Shrine Game in January 2017.

The 2017 NFL Draft takes place in Philadelphia from April 27-29 with seven rounds picked.

Kevin Klein, MyToba News 

With Files from University of Manitoba

Photo – gobisons.ca

 

Kevin Klein is President and CEO of MyToba News. The former publisher and CEO of the Winnipeg Sun, Kevin has spent several years in Canadian media working in newspapers, radio and television. A proud and passionate citizen of Winnipeg and Manitoba, Kevin is excited to bring you news, pictures and information on the many wonderful charity groups in our province. If you have an event you want us to know about, email Kevin at kevin@mytoba.ca and follow him on Twitter @kevinkleinwpg.
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