CLEMSON – Some day-after notes from Pro Timing Day, and we start with a guy who sent more weight skyward in two minutes than pretty much all of us do in a whole week. Or month. Or ever.
1) Tyler Shatley needed more than five seconds to go from A to B. But he’s going to be remembered for an entirely different kind of 40.
Shatley pumped out forty reps on the bench press at midfield of Clemson’s indoor practice facility, eliciting hoots, hollers and whoops from his teammates and supporters as well as furious note-taking by the 60-some scouts in attendance.
Only one of the 300-or-so prospects at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis two weeks ago produced more than 36 reps (UNC center Russell Bodine, 42 reps.)
Let’s do the math here: 40 repetitions of a 225-pound bar. That’s 9,000 pounds. That’s four and a half tons. That’s roughly the equivalent of four Alaskan moose, the largest land animal in North America.
“40 was right around where I thought I’d hit,” Shatley said. “You always want a few more, but that’s what I got.”
Shatley, Clemson’s starting right guard the past two years and a 2012 Strength and Conditioning All-American, has benched more. Or at least so says S&C director Joey Batson.
“I’ve done 42 while I was here. I guess Coach Batson, you have to take his word for it,” Shatley said. “But that would be my record.”
Shatley does keep a counter in his head, so he knows when to take a brief pause and start back up again.
“It helps me gauge where I’m at,” Shatley said. “I count in my head and go as many as I can before I take my first break. So it felt good.”
The Seahawks and 49ers have been in touch with Shatley, and that number could increase for someone not on the draft radar who could be called in for more individual workouts.
“Finally, I ran my last 40 hopefully for a while,” Shatley said. “I can stop doing all this training for the small guys, and we can do some big-guy training and offensive line work.”
2) Brandon Ford got a second chance to make a first impression.
Last playing tight end for Clemson in 2012, Ford tore his hamstring early in 2013 while in camp with the New England Patriots. It could have been an intriguing opportunity, with Aaron Hernandez jailed for murder and Rob Gronkowski dealing with multiple injuries. But Ford had been released in August, and therefore had the opportunity to return to Clemson’s Pro Day and work with his old teammates.
“For me, I’ve been training ever since I got hurt,” Ford said. “I wanted to show (scouts) that even though I tore my hamstring, I still run the same, or faster. I wanted to show I still have strength, I still can move out my hips, I still can run, catch the ball great, look smooth in routes, and I think I accomplished that today.”
Ford, a Hanahan High School product who’s training in Clemson, said he’s fully healed from the hamstring injury.
“From this day forward,” Ford said, “it’s all on the teams and what they want to invest in me and we’ll go from there.”