Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Bengals' picks: Round 6/190 - Rex Burkhead, RB, 5-10, 214, Nebraska...Finished fifth in school history with 3,329 yards but was limited this past season due to a sprained knee and played in only eight games. He is a running back much like Brian Leonard, who is now with Tampa Bay, in that he can do whatever is asked. He will also have an impact on special teams. - The Sports Xchange
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04/28/13 - A closer look at the Bengals' picks: Round 6/190 - Rex Burkhead, RB, 5-10, 214, Nebraska...Finished fifth in school history with 3,329 yards but was limited this past season due to a sprained knee and played in only eight games. He is a running back much like Brian Leonard, who is now with Tampa Bay, in that he can do whatever is asked. He will also have an impact on special teams. - The Sports Xchange
03/16/13 - 2013 Nebraska Pro Day: Representatives from 12 NFL teams were on hand for Nebraska’s pro day on Thursday, which took place indoors and on field turf. Pittsburgh Steelers defensive backs coach Carnell Lake and Cincinnati Bengals linebacker coach Paul Guenther were among the coaches on hand.
Rex Burkhead, RB (5-10 1/8, 210 pounds) - The Nebraska rusher posted times of 4.66 and 4.68 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He put together a strong workout and showed scouts that he has an exceptionally good pair of hands. Burkhead wasn’t invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, but his performance showed he has promise to play at the next level. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
03/08/13 - 2013 Nebraska Pro Day: In front of a handful of NFL scouts, Nebraska seniors omitted from the NFL scouting combine got a little more clarification on where they stand in the upcoming NFL Draft in April. The extra info doesn’t mean much though, according to Will Compton. “There’s so much wild stuff that happens,” he said. “(NFL Draft analyst Mike) Mayock and them are right up until about pick six, after that, everybody’s shocked.”
Thursday’s pro day gave Nebraska’s graduated seniors and two former Huskers a chance to show off in front of scouts and assistant coaches from eight NFL teams. Compton said scouts informed him he helped himself quite a bit, after 24 bench press reps of 225 pounds and a 40-yard dash time below 4.6 seconds. “I was kind of nervous about that,” Compton said. “As long as I beat what everybody else out there thought. When I hit (4.54) today I was ecstatic.” Multiple scouts including the Green Bay Packers and Oakland Raiders spent time talking to Burkhead, who impressed in running back drills as well as pass-catching exercises. - Grant Muessel, The Daily Nebraskan
03/08/13 - 2013 Nebraska Pro Day: Former NU I-back Rex Burkhead used Pro Day to take care of his biggest regret from the NFL Combine. Burkhead focused only on the 40-yard dash in recent weeks and took part only in that drill and some position work Thursday. It paid off as he went from a disappointing 4.73 in Indianapolis to times in the 4.5s. “I wanted to go into the low 4.5s,” he said. “I ended up getting in there with some times down there, so I definitely did what I needed to do.” Burkhead still found a way to be the last one out of the Hawks Center, staying later to catch some punts and kicks and work as a slot receiver for those watching. “Just trying to show my versatility and everything I could do,” he said. - Sam McKewon and Rich Kaipust, World-Herald News
02/27/13 - Walk into the Hawks Championship Center Wednesday morning and you'd find a bunch of Huskers from last year's senior class - including Rex Burkhead, just returned from his NFL combine experience. He was out there working out with guys like Eric Martin, Cameron Meredith, Ben Cotton and Kyler Reed. None of those players received an NFL combine invite. But they've been working out every day in Lincoln in preparation for Nebraska's March 7 test date for pro prospects. I'll have a story on them coming. But I was also interested in hearing from Burkhead about his trip to Indianapolis. Burkhead fared very well in most of his tests at the combine, placing in the Top 5 at his position in five of seven categories. But one area Burkhead wants to improve on is his 40 time. He posted an official time of 4.73 at the combine.
So Burkhead is planning on re-running the 40 for NFL evaluators next Thursday and doing some position work. He'll let his other numbers from the combine stand. "I think overall I did pretty well," Burkhead said. "Definitely would have liked to have ran faster. I think I could have posted a better time. But I got another chance at the Pro Day, so hopefully I do it then." Burkhead said he's aiming for low 4.5s with his 40. It was tough to find faults with any of Burkhead's other numbers. He was second among running back in three of the seven drills. "I think some of the teams wanted to see how athletic I was," he said. "I think I definitely showed that in some of those other tests." - Brian Christopherson, The Lincoln Journal Star