Offensive lineman from Lakeland put through NFL paces
It was just another day at the office on Friday for NFL Draft prospect Nate Theaker.
The Lakeland High grad, who started 43 games and was named 2016 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Offensive Line of the Year at Wayne State, showed his stuff once again at the University of Michigan’s Pro Day inside Al Glick Fieldhouse.
A total of 19 Wolverine players worked out or met with representatives from all 32 NFL teams.
Lions head coach Jim Caldwell, Lions general manager Bob Quinn, and head coaches Bill Belichick (New England), Todd Bowles (New York Jets), Mike Tomlin (Pittsburgh), Sean Payton (New Orleans), John Harbaugh (Baltimore), Mike Mularkey (Tennessee) and Marvin Lewis (Cincinnati) were also in attendance.
And the 6-foot-5, 315-pound Theaker accomplished one goal during his Friday stint.
“Just picking up from the (NFL) Combine I improved on the bench (press), which was what I set out to do,” Theaker said. “My numbers were good as in times around the field and stuff, so I felt good about that from the Combine. So basically I just did position work and just tried to do all those drills in front of the coaches, just do the best I could there.”
Theaker, who started 33 of his 43 career games at Wayne State while earning first-team Little All-America honors as a senior, has the versatility to play both guard and tackle.
He was the only Division II player to work out as he compared himself against the likes of Michigan offensive linemen Ben Braden, Kyle Kalis and Eric Magnuson, along with Eastern Michigan’s Cole Gardner.
“Obviously at the Combine you get to see the top end talent that’s around and it’s no different being here at Michigan,” Theaker said. “I always have confidence in myself and my abilities. I don’t worry about what everybody else is doing. I can only control…