New details on day two of the 2020 NFL Combine
Day two of the Combine saw another opportunity for Tony Jones Jr. to impress the NFL scouts, running a 4.69 second 40-yard dash. This put him nearly three tenths of a second behind the leaders.
Troy Pride Jr. is known as one of the fastest players at the Combine and said that he hoped to translate that speed to the field for his 40-yard dash.
"When you're a competition you put everything you have in to everything you do. 40 yard dash is what other people put a lot of stock in, but for me when i touch the field, I'm giving it all I got," Pride said, who is a defensive back.
Alohi Gilman, a former Irish defensive back who chose to leave Notre Dame early, is embracing the underdog role, saying it’s something he’s had to do his entire life.
"This has been honestly the story of my life. Coming for HS, underrated guy, going to Navy my only offer out of HS, guys didn't even think I would play there. Going to ND had to earn my stripes there as well. I know what type of player I am and what I bring to the table and when I get in to the league, I'll be able to make a statement," Gilman said.
Jalen Elliot, another former Irish defensive back, brings a physicality seen in Notre Dame’s defenses in the past.
The 4-8 freshman season he was part of in South Bend taught him a lot about mental toughness.
"That was the moment that our 2016 class, myself included that really took off in that leadership role and knew that we had to be the change, we had to be a difference," Elliot said.
On top of the on-field drills was the grittiness and toughness of Julian Okwara who was doing bench press reps for the rare disease community.
His goal was to raise $2000 based on 25 reps. He met that goal and even surpassed it by another two reps.