2:30 p.m. Update
This update was a little delayed as I’m trying to get my stories done before pound the I-74 pavement back to the Quad Cities.
A couple takeaways from Geno Stone and Michael Ojemudia this morning.
The first is that Phil Parker expects a lot from his secondary. You can’t depend on your athletic ability, because he won’t tolerate mental mistakes. Both players talked about how much they had to learn the entire defense and how much Coach Parker meant in their development.
Secondly, on Geno Stone’s decision to leave Iowa early, he said sought advice from anyone and everyone. Friends, former Iowa teammates, current Iowa teammates, coaches, family members and even former Steelers DB Will Allen, who was introduced to him through his mom’s doctor.
But at the end of the day, it was 100 percent Stone’s choice. He knew that. He said he went with his heart.
As far as the testing and on-field drills are concerned here in Indy, A.J. Epenesa will be hitting the bench press in the next couple hours. Tristan Wirfs will compete in the on-field drills at Lucas Oil Stadium, beginning around 4 p.m. EST.
7 a.m. Update
It’s the fourth and final day of Hawkeye Headquarters coverage of the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
Former Hawkeyes defensive backs Michael Ojemudia and Geno Stone will meet the media this morning.
Thursday was the busiest day of the week with all the prospects in town. It was A.J. Epenesa’s turn in the media gauntlet. He seemed motivated to perform this week.
Nate Stanley was the first player to complete the skills and drills portion at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Here were Stanley’s official times in the various drills:
40-yard dash: 4.81 sec., Vertical: 28.5″, Broad Jump: 108″, 3-cone: 7.26, 5-10-5 shuttle: 4.48.
Tristan Wirfs completed the 225-pound rep max on the bench press. He completed 24 reps. For comparison, here are the totals of recent Top-15 offensive tackles.
Jonah Williams 24
Mike McGlinchey 24
Colton Miller 24
Ronnie Stanley 24 (at Notre Dame pro day)
Jack Conklin 25
Laremy Tunsil 34 (at Mississippi pro day)