Here are the official numbers for outside linebacker Akeem Ayers from today's UCLA Pro Day. Ayers ran 4.69 and 4,71 in the 40-yard dash, much better than the 4.84 he ran at the NFL Scouting Combine. He also did 22 reps on the 225-pound bench press, up from 19, and had a 34.5-inch vertical leap, up from 31 at the Combine.
According to Ayers' agent, Chuck Price, all 32 NFL teams were in attendance at the Pro Day.
"He was significantly better in all the testing than he was in Indianapolis," said Price.
Ayers is a 6-foot-4, 255-pound linebacker who has often been connected with the Giants throughout the draft process. Teams apparently expected to consider Ayers include the Giants, New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs.
When I spoke to Ayers recently he described himself as a "do-it-all player."
"Whatever defensive coaches need me to do I can pretty much do it all. Put pressure on the quarterback, cover, play the run. All aspects of the defensive position," Ayers said. "A do-it-all player, all-around linebacker who can do pretty much everything on the defensive side of the ball."