Multiple Kansas Jayhawks stand out during inaugural Big 12 Football Pro Day

There were some impressive performances by former Jayhawks at the brand new conference-wide event

Oct 21, 2023; Houston, Texas, USA;  General view of the Big 12 logo on the field at TDECU Stadium
Oct 21, 2023; Houston, Texas, USA; General view of the Big 12 logo on the field at TDECU Stadium / Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Rather than holding Pro Days for specific schools, the Big 12 Conference held a conference-wide Pro Day this year that featured over 100 departed players looking to bolster their draft stock. 16 former Kansas Jayhawks participated in the brand-new event, and many of them impressed scouts during drills.

The three-day event spotlighted former Jayhawks Jason Bean, Austin Booker, Mason Fairchild, Kalon Gervin, Hayden Hatcher, Patrick Joyner Jr., Seth Keller, Kwinton Lassiter, Kenny Logan Jr., Dylan McDuffie, Rich Miller, Mike Novitsky, Devin Phillips, Dominick Puni, Andrew Russell and Craig Young.

Held at the Dallas Cowboys' practice facility, players completed drills like the 40-yard dash and bench press, similar to the NFL Scouting Combine. Here is how each Kansas player fared in the 40-yard dash:

  • Jason Bean (Kansas); 4.55
  • Mason Fairchild (Kansas): 4.90
  • Dylan McDuffie (Kansas): 4.75
  • Kalon Gervin (Kansas): 4.45
  • Kwinton Lassiter (Kansas): 4.76
  • Kenny Logan Jr. (Kansas): 4.69
  • Andrew Russell (Kansas): 4.59

Bean finishing with an impressive time comes as no surprise to Jayhawk supporters, as he displayed his tremendous speed multiple times throughout the season. Cornerback Kalon Gervin, who was a rotational piece in the secondary, surprisingly posted the best mark of all the KU players who participated.

Some other outstanding drill numbers include linebacker Craig Young's 37-foot vertical jump, which would have ranked third among all linebackers at the Scouting Combine. The former Ohio State Buckeye played the versatile "HAWK" position at KU, switching between box safety and linebacker.

Running back Dylan McDuffie showcased his strength in the bench press, recording 29 reps of 225 pounds. That would have been the best mark for all running backs in the entire Scouting Combine.

The event spanned from March 28 to March 30, and they were successful for most of the players involved. Hopefully, these drills helped the draft stock of all 16 Jayhawks. Most mock drafts expect Austin Booker, Dominick Puni, and Mason Fairchild to hear their names called on draft day next month.