Nick Bolton is good, Tyree Gillespie is fast and other Pro Day thoughts
We’re all a little tired of basketball talk. So how about some football?
The NFL Draft is swiftly approaching, and Missouri has several players who could hear their names called out amongst the seven rounds. Monday offered several of them (and one Central Missouri player) a chance to show out for scouts, as Missouri hosted a pro day.
Dave Matter wrote about the pro day behind the STL Today paywall. He noted that of all the impressive showings, Tyree Gillespie may have improved his standing the most. His workout was a showcase for his athleticism, including his blazing speed.
I’m trying to remember my last timed 40. I want to say it was sub-5, but I’m probably wrong. Anyway, 4.38 seems pretty fast but Gillespie makes it look easy.
Across the state, the KC Star’s Herbie Teope spent a lot of time talking with Nick Bolton, who will likely be the first Tiger to hear his name called in Indianapolis. Eric Blum at the Columbia Tribune also noted that Bolton was the event’s main attraction, but also included some interesting nuggets from up and down the roster. I was especially interested in this little chestnut.
Former Missouri team captain Larry Rountree III not only participated in running back drills Monday, but also took passes as a wide receiver — a move he hopes helps him stand out among his competition.
“I would say I’ve always been an underdog,” Rountree said. “Coming out of high school, I was a two-star. So I’ve always had a permanent chip on my shoulder. ... Guys weren’t talking about me coming out of high school. Nobody knew about me. That’s why it’s surprising what I did here at Mizzou.
Larry Rountree, surprise slot receiver? I could see him catching a surprise touchdown pass in a future Super Bowl.
To hear it from the players themselves, PowerMizzou also published the post-workout interviews with Bolton, Gillespie, Larry Rountree III and Larry Borom, many of whom wowed ESPN draft analyst Jim Nagy.
Mizzou junior LB Nick Bolton is getting plenty of well-deserved Day 2 love because he’s a dang good player but senior trio of Tyree Gillespie, Joshuah Bledsoe, & Larry Rountree all going to be good pros. Looking forward to @jiggybled workout on April 12.#TheDraftStartsInMobile pic.twitter.com/ho8FGFAQSJ— Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) March 22, 2021
Yesterday at Rock M
- Study Hall: Oklahoma 72, Missouri 68
- NCAA Tournament Live Thread Day 5: Round of 32 wraps up
- What we learned from the Mizzou Football Spring Game
- Benjamin Hochman was a busy man at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch yesterday. He argued why Cuonzo Martin is still the right man for the Mizzou Hoops job in his column and went over some general NCAA Tournament thoughts in his Ten Hochman video series.
- PowerMizzou subscribers can read Gabe’s Monday morning thoughts, a visit with 2022 WR commit Ja’Marion Wayne and Mitchell’s review of the 2020-2021 season that was in Mizzou Hoops.
- I’ve been vocal about my excitement for Anton Brookshire’s freshman season. These highlights from Kickapoo’s state title victory are doing nothing to abate that excitement.
- Look, I’m not telling you that you should feel better about Mizzou’s first-round exit. And I’m not telling you that watching the Tigers’ two biggest rivals immediately and hilariously eat it in the ensuing days should help at all. But I’d be lying if I said it didn’t ease some of my pain. (Editor’s note: EXACTLY)
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