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Irish Insights


9 work out at Notre Dame Pro Day

Notre Dame held its Pro Day on Tuesday with a portion of the individual work open to the media.

Receiver Michael Floyd, running back Jonas Gray, offensive linemen Trevor Robinson and Taylor Dever, safety Harrison Smith, cornerbacks Robert Blanton and Gary Gray, linebacker Darius Fleming and kicker David Ruffer participated in the Pro Day.

The media got to see every player except Ruffer during the last portion of the workouts.

Floyd and Jonas Gray caught passes from former Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen, who was a second-round draft pick by the Carolina Panthers two years ago.

"Me and Mike are real close and we talked, and he asked me to come back and throw for him," Clausen said. "I just had to get it OKed from Carolina and the coaches here at Notre Dame. Once that was done, we started throwing about a week and half, two weeks ago."

Clausen said it didn't take long to get back the connection he shared with Floyd when the two hooked up for 92 completions for 1,514 yards and 16 touchdowns in their two seasons together.

"Ever since the first day we started throwing, we had our timing down," Clausen said.

Floyd made an impressive catch down the sideline during his drills when it looked like Clausen might have over thrown him. But instead, the ball dropped right into the receiver's hands in stride.

Jonas Gray, who is returning from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Nov. 19, showed little signs that the injury occurred.

He looked fluid on the field and cut well. The running back only ran pass patterns, but he displayed good explosiveness.

"With rehab and where I am right now, they think I will be able to go by camp," Gray said.

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock, who is also the color analyst for NBC's broadcast of Notre Dame home games, said Smith, Blanton, Fleming and Robinson did some things to improve their draft stock.

Mayock said Smith continues to show that he is more athletic than people give him credit for, Blanton improved his 40-yard dash time to less than 4.5 seconds, Fleming also improved on his 40-yard dash time and Robinson was impressive by hitting 31 on the bench press.

"I think the two guys that helped themselves as far as measurables were Blanton and Fleming," Mayock said.

I will be back with more later from Notre Dame's Pro Day.