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April 22, 2014

Skov holds NFL workout





Four-and-a-half weeks after suffering a hamstring injury that prevented him from participating in Stanford's Pro Day, Cardinal linebacker Shayne Skov worked out for NFL scouts on The Farm.

Skov weighed in at 242 pounds and looked to be in very good shape. He ran a 5.11 in the 40-yard dash, broad-jumped 9-5, vertical jumped 30.5 inches, ran a 4.4 in the short shuttle, a 7.31 in the three-cone drill, and a 12.82 in the 60-yard shuttle.

"(I think it went) OK," Skov said of his workout. "I think when you finish up think you always feel like you could have done better. But I gave my best effort today and that's all I could ask for."

The effects of Skov's hamstring injury were apparent as he went through a variety of tests and drills. Skov had to rest for several weeks following the injury and was only able to resume running a few weeks ago. And even then, he had to be cautious to avoid re-injury.

"I mean, it's good enough," Skov said of his hamstring. "I could play in a game. I'm not going to say I feel perfect, but it was good enough to come out here and perform."

Despite being limited in the workout, Skov shouldn't fall too far in next month's NFL Draft. According to a source, multiple teams graded Skov as a second-round pick after his junior year. NFL teams had a 5.17 40-yard dash time on Skov at that point.

And a dominant senior season in which Skov registered a team-high 109 tackles, 13.0 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks certainly didn't hurt Skov's draft stock, even if he wasn't at 100 percent for yesterday's workout.

"(The feedback I've received from scouts is that) my film is the greatest piece of my resume," Skov said. "You try to take everything with a grain of salt because you don't know what's really going on behind the scenes. But (scouts have told me) that I'm going to get a chance to play next year."

Skov plans to stay in the Bay Area and train at Stanford until next month's NFL Draft.

"(The plan is to work on) getting in football shape," Skov said. "It's an entirely different beast. I have four weeks to get ready for the draft and then minicamp and then I'll hit the ground running. So I'm trying to put myself in the best possible condition and position to make a statement and contribute to a team on Sunday."

Skov will attend the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders' local Pro Days. He could also take visits to specific teams as the draft approaches.

He'll likely play the Mike linebacker spot in a 4-3 defense or either inside backer spot in a 3-4.

Fellow former Stanford linebacker Jarek Lancaster went through position drills alongside Skov at the workout. Former UCLA/UNLV and Menlo High School wide receiver Jerry Rice, Jr., and former Stanford safety Devon Carrington were also tested.

Representatives from around 10 NFL teams were in attendance, but film from the event will be distributed to all 32 clubs.


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