By: Aj Mansour | KFAN.com
Minneapolis, MN - While Gophers defensive lineman Ra'Shede Hageman may continue to hold the top touting with his potential first-round draft grade, it's another Gopher who has been soaring up draft boards over the past two weeks.
Heading into the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, Gophers S/CB hybrid Brock Vereen was thought to be a bubble player teetering on the edge between a late round pick and a rookie free agent. But after posting a position leading 25 reps in the 225 bench press, a second-best 4.47 40-yard dash, a second-best 6.90 3-cone drill and a second-best 4.07 20-yard shuttle, Vereen has splashed onto the radar league wide and is thought to now be a sure bet mid-round pick.
After a head-turning performance at the Combine, Vereen returned to Minnesota for the first time since the bowl game to take part in some positional drills at Monday's Gopher Pro Day.
"I feel like I opened some eyes at the combine," Vereen explained after his workouts concluded. "I wanted to [come out today and] show them it wasn't a fluke or anything like that. Remove all doubt so to speak."
Brock took part in the defensive back positional drills today that were run by Vikings DBs coaches Jerry Gray and Jonathan Gannon while head coach Mike Zimmer was critiquing and coaching them from the sides.
"I really like their hands-on approach to everything," Vereen said of the Vikings' approach today. "They weren't just sitting back and taking notes. To actually be coached out there was a lot different from the combine, I liked it."
While Vereen's draft status is seemingly changing on a daily basis, he is apparently the only one who's not paying any attention.
"I haven't watched ESPN in two months," Vereen explained. "I haven't watched NFL Network either. If somebody starts a conversation about [my projected draft status] I tell them to stop. I'll worry about that in May…Most of the people around me know just to talk about TV shows."
For now, Vereen plans to span the two month waiting period between now and the NFL Draft by diving into a new Netflix TV series while working out near his family home in California. Now a college graduate, Brock plans to move out of the parents house and in with his brother in the next few weeks to further engulf himself into the NFL workout regimen.
Two months from now, when draft day comes around, he won't be watching though. He knows that he will be with his family, but says they will likely head to the bowling alley to distract him a little bit from the stress of a draft selection that could range anywhere from 3rd to 7th round.
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