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Clemson pro day results and takeaways

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Clemson’s 2023 pro day results. Asterisks next to results indicate 2023 NFL combine results. 

Clemson football held its annual pro day on March 14, with representatives from all 32 NFL teams in attendance. 
Here are some of the biggest notes and takeaways from the showcase:
Trenton Simpson, Linebacker
— Linebacker Trenton Simpson had an impressive showing in the vertical jump, recording a 40.5” jump. For reference, the best vertical jump among linebackers at this year’s combine was 38.5”. 
— Simpson also said he met with the Giants the most on Tuesday but also met with the Steelers for dinner on Monday. He also had a conversation with Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin while doing the vertical jump. 
Bryan Bresee, Defensive lineman
— Bresee clocked in at 302 pounds and had the third-most bench press reps among participants with 28.
— Bresee displayed his athleticism numerous times in individual drills, earning some praise from those in attendance. The former five-star recruit looked the part and appeared to be back in shape after missing numerous games in 2022. 
Myles Murphy, Defensive lineman
— Murphy tweaked his hamstring at the combine, so he didn’t participate in any drills or testing. 
— The former Tiger said he met with the Steelers, Patriots and Ravens Monday night. He also said he had a good conversation with the Giants’ defensive line coach during the pro day. Murphy added that he injured his hamstring during the combine but has a meeting with the New Orleans Saints scheduled and will have a workout for NFL teams in April.
— Murphy said he hadn’t considered opting out of the Orange Bowl until about a week before the game. He said it was “a weird feeling” watching the game from his grandparents’ house instead of being in Florida with his teammates. 
K.J. Henry, Defensive lineman
— Henry recorded 24 bench press reps on Tuesday but didn’t participate in other drills due to an injured hamstring he suffered at the combine. 
— Henry said he had conversations with the San Francisco 49ers and the New York Giants and “is willing to do anything” that is asked of him at the next level. 
Jordan McFadden, Offensive lineman
— McFadden recorded 24 reps after not participating in the bench press at the combine. 
— Although he played at left tackle the past two seasons, McFadden confirmed that NFL teams wanted to see him snap the ball on Tuesday, as he is transitioning to the interior.
Davis Allen, Tight end
— Allen participated in receiving drills and displayed consistent catching ability. He said he has no meetings with NFL teams lined up as of Tuesday but has communicated with a handful of organizations. 
Joseph Ngata, Wide receiver
— Ngata ran routes and caught balls in individual drills, catching passes from Hunter Johnson, who also participated in the pro day. 
— Ngata’s 15 bench press reps were the second-lowest recorded among participating players at the pro day, with former walk-on Jabriel Robinson recording 13 reps. After finishing drills on Tuesday, the pass-catcher said that he thought he could’ve performed better overall, most notably when coming out of his breaks on routes. 
B.T. Potter, Kicker
— Potter kicked plenty of field goals, converting a handful of attempts from 50-plus yards. He also showcased his leg strength on kickoffs, two of which he kicked so high that the balls hit the ceiling, which Potter said had never happened before. The majority of his kickoffs hit the back of the end zone or close. 

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