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Nick Bolton, Tyree Gillespie stand out at Mizzou Football pro day

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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.


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