From UM Pro Timing Day on Thursday at Greentree Field:
SAFETY A.J. HIGHSMITH (ONE ON ONE INTERVIEW):
"I had a good experience. I think I ran well – not sure of the time (4.79) but it felt good and I looked well, too.
"I want to play in the NFL, so I’m trying. I have good numbers and I feel if they saw what they needed to see from me I’ll have a shot and that’s all I really want."
What did you do well?
"The defensive back drill work was good. I felt good. I swiveled my hips well. I had good feet, movement and flexibility."
Can you believe your time is up and YOU were the one working out for scouts today?
"We were talking about today. When you’re younger and you come watch all the guys it feels so professional and you see all the teams and you think, ‘Wow, it’s the pros’ and everything is so serious. When you’re actually in it it feels like another day of practice because we do it so much."
DEFENSIVE END SHAYON GREEN (ONE ON ONE):
"I feel like I did great. Everybody came out and showed up and showed out. I felt good, my body is great. I felt like I ran fast and did great in the positional drills. All the coaches gave me nothing but positive feedback.
"I’m 6-1 and around 258 pounds. I lost 6 pounds. I got leaner."
Did it help being on your own field?
"Yeah, pretty much, even though the field is kind of beat up."
Did the day turn out as you had hoped?
"This day wasn’t what I expected. It was different actually doing it and not thinking about it – like my pro day is coming up and I have a lot of stress. It was pretty cool though. It came together well. Coach Swasey did a great job preparing us. This week is going to be big for me – next week. I’ll be at Miami Day (Dolphins). "
What is your dream team?
"I don’t have a dream team. I’d love to play for anyone, put it that way."
Where will you be for the NFL Draft?
"I don’t know. I’m thinking about either staying here or going home to my family."
PUNTER PAT O'DONNELL (GROUP)
Any interviews or visits coming up?
"They said not to say, so I’m going to keep that quiet for now."
Who is your agent?
"[Drews] Rosenhaus. He’s treating me real well. He’s getting me the training I need. So everything is going real well for me. [Training in] North Miami beach with Pete Bommarito.
Do you expect to be drafted?
"That’s the goal right now. Punting is one of those positions where you kind of have to wait and see if they have the picks and what team needs that position, so I’m just going to have to wait it out and see what teams need."
SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN