East Chicago's Kawann Short does 'show and tell' at Pro Day

2013-03-25T18:00:00Z 2013-05-22T15:06:04Z East Chicago's Kawann Short does 'show and tell' at Pro DayAl Hamnik (219) 933-4154
March 25, 2013 6:00 pm  • 

WEST LAFAYETTE | A Sunday night blizzard blanketed this bustling college town with more than 10 inches of snow, reducing travel to a snail's pace.

Yet more than 40 NFL scouts were at the Jack Mollenkopf Football Center on Monday morning to see defensive tackle Kawann Short work out at his Pro Day.

A tweaked hamstring in early January forced the East Chicago native to miss the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. His personal Pro Day provided an opportunity to be tested and evaluated for next month's draft.

"I wish I could've done a lot better on the drills, but it is what it is," said Short, who still earned high marks. "A couple of (scouts) I spoke to said I looked good. The effort is there, but you gotta keep pushing yourself because you got guys in the league that are gonna push you, stick a foot down your throat, be in your face."

The league forbids its scouts to comment on prospects. However, Matt Rector, who handles media relations for Purdue football, said he's heard Short could be a first or second round pick.

"To have this many people show up for KK on a snowy day is very impressive," Rector said.

"It's rewarding to see KK put in so much energy and effort and be rewarded. He could've left last year, but he came back to finish his degree."

Duane Carlisle is Purdue's director of sports performance and to hear him tell it, Short hit one out of the park with his pro audition.

"I think he did it today," Carlisle said. "They wanted to see what he weighed. That was important. He stepped on the scale at 303. That was good.

"They wanted to see him do football stuff and how he responds, conditioning-wise; how he's able to handle fatigue."

Other than one embarrassing slip and near-fall during foot drills, Short's stamina was not a question.

"That workout he did today was pretty extensive; about 25 minutes of continuous drills with limited recovery time," Carlisle said. "For a 300-pounder, he did well."

Short ran a 5.05 for the 40-yard dash. He was also was impressive in the weight room, hitting 29 reps at 225 pounds.

Short admitted that a few scouts talked to him about "taking plays off" and "fading near the end" of games. He had an explanation.

"The main thing is, playing the amount of snaps I did at Purdue, probably over 75 plays (a game) at 320, wasn't the best fit for me," Short said, "but I'm a competitor and I let these guys know I'm fighting until the end. I don't quit."

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