STANFORD -- Stanford's NFL draft prospects experienced the highs and lows of Pro Timing Day on Thursday, with dozens of scouts watching their every move and, in some cases, non-moves.

The highest high, literally, came courtesy of defensive end Ben Gardner. The 262-pounder wowed more than 50 scouts -- every team except Kansas City, Tampa Bay and St. Louis was represented -- with a 39.5-inch vertical jump, the best of the day by any player.

"I've secretly taken offense to all the articles that said I wasn't athletic but played with a lot of effort," Gardner said with a smile. "I've always been able to jump."

At the other end of the Pro Day spectrum was linebacker Shayne Skov, who was unable to participate in the timing drills because of a hamstring injury.

Skov did not run the 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis last month because he wanted the extra time to train -- everything was geared to the event at Stanford.

But Skov strained his hamstring during a workout Monday, limiting him to the bench press (28 repetitions) and nothing else.

"It's incredibly frustrating because I've been dieting and training for this for three months," he said, "and now I have to wait."

Skov will run for scouts April 21 on campus, according to his agent, Steve Baker.

"Multiple teams have told me they'll be here," Baker said. "It's major in that it happened this week, but it's minor in that it's a two-to-four week recovery."


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  • Tailback Tyler Gaffney participated in position drills Thursday but did no timing drills. He opted to stand on his impressive showing at the combine, where he ran a 4.49-second 40 and posted the best 3-cone and 60-yard shuttle times for his position.

    "I was a lot faster than people thought," Gaffney said. "I'm considered a big back. I want to show that I'm fluid, not just a downhill runner."

  • Guard David Yankey, a potential first-round pick, also stood on his 40 time from the combine (5.48).

    He participated in the weight room drills Thursday and did 25 repetitions of 225 pounds.

  • Linebacker Trent Murphy improved on his 40 time from the combine, posting a 4.72 (unofficial)

  • Safety Ed Reynolds ripped off a 4.42-second 40 -- much better than his performance at the combine (4.57).

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