Scouting the Combine: Markus Kuhn
March 1, 2012
Raleigh, N.C. -
After the Wolfpack’s Belk Bowl win over Louisville, the 2011 senior class started to turn their attention to the next phase of their lives. For some, that meant finishing up their degree and preparing for the work world. As for others, they started to get serious about their dreams of playing football at the next level.
This past weekend, a total of six former Pack football players competed at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. A who’s who of college football players were measured, tested and interviewed by all 32 NFL teams.
“We are really excited to see the success of our players going to the NFL Combine,” said NC State head coach Tom O’Brien. “We look forward to them coming back to campus for our Pro Day, and impressing NFL people.
“It is exciting to see their stats on the bottom line when watching TV, and that certainly helps in recruiting.”
Over the next couple of weeks, GoPack.com will feature how the Pack performed at the NFL combine, and how these players are now preparing for NC State’s Pro Day on March 21st, and the 2012 NFL Draft which takes place April 26-28.
GoPack.com: Since you played every position on the defensive line here at NC State, what have the scouts been telling you were they see you playing?
Kuhn: There was some talk of me playing defensive end in a 3-4 defense, but obviously I would also be comfortable in the middle in a 4-3. At NC State, I pretty much played everywhere, so that did nothing but help me.
GoPack.com: Since the season ended, where have you been training?
Kuhn: I went down to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. We have about 30 guys that are training, and I’ve been down here since January 6.
GoPack.com: What is your typical day like training?
Kuhn: We get up at 6 a.m. for breakfast. Then we go out and do some stretching and physical therapy. Around 8 a.m. we call it movement, which is warm-ups, out on the field doing a core workout. We go till about 10 a.m. working on speed, on sprints for the 40-yd dash, and also cone agility drills. From 10 a.m. till about noon we go to the football fields and work with position coaches, obviously I’m with the defensive linemen. We take about an hour break for lunch, and then start back up with weight training, alternating between upper body and lower body. That takes us till about 4 p.m., where we then work with either a nutritionist, work on mental conditioning, or do media training. Then we have dinner. We usually are going from 6 am to 6 pm every day.
GoPack.com: What do you feel you tested well in at the NFL Combine?
Kuhn: I was happy with my vertical jump (34.5 inches – 8th among defensive linemen) and my time in the 40 (4.89), those were probably the two things I did best. I felt fine with my reps on the bench press (28). I need to improve on my broad jump (112.0 inches). Overall, I was pretty happy with my performance at the NFL Combine.
GoPack.com: What was your feeling leaving the NFL Combine after talking to teams?
Kuhn: I really didn’t having a feeling about my draft status when I left, it was just a good overall experience that I enjoyed. I talked to a bunch of teams while I was there, and it was good to know that teams were showing an interest in me as both a person and a player. I really enjoyed the combine, it was an unbelievable experience to be with the best of the best college players. I left Indianapolis with a great feeling.
GoPack.com: Are you coming back for NC State’s Pro Day on March 21?
Kuhn: Yes I will definitely be back up here for that, but I honestly haven’t thought about what I need to be retested in yet. I know I will do all the position drills, but the other things I’m not sure about.
GoPack.com: We read that you were the first German player to ever get invited to the NFL Combine.
Kuhn: As far as I know, I was the first German to participate in the NFL Combine. It has been an unbelievable journey. It happened for two reasons, the first is how NC State and the coaches prepared me, and also how hard I have worked. It has been a combination of those two things that have given me this opportunity. I was super excited and proud when I found out I was invited, and I know NC State had a huge role in this whole process.
GoPack.com: You do have a unique story coming from Germany never playing football before, how receptive were teams to that?
Kuhn: A lot of the teams I talked to had an interest in my story. I did an interview with the Carolina Panthers since I was a local player for them. I also did something with the Green Bay Packers because their starting fullback is named John Kuhn, no relation to me. I also heard that I was on the cover of Huddle Magazine, a Germany magazine that covers American football.