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Pitt Wideout Bub Means Continues Strong Offseason With Combine Showing



Pitt wide receiver Bub Means.

It was a risk for Bub Means to declare for the 2024 NFL Draft with another season of collegiate eligibility remaining, but he’s doing all he can to make it worthwhile in the draft build-up.

Means cranked out a 4.49 40-yard dash in his first attempt at the 2024 NFL Combine in Indianapolis, and he came out even faster on his second attempt with an impressive 4.43.

He measured in at 6-foot-1, 212 pounds, and he has 33 2/8-inch arms, 10 1/8-inch hands and a 79 3/8-inch wingspan. It’s exactly what Means needed to showcase to NFL personnel, a well-built frame with above-average physical traits.

He also put in a 39.5-inch vertical and a 10-foot-7-inch broad jump in the drills portion of his Combine experience.

It’s not a certainty that Means will be selected in the 2024 NFL Draft, but he had a strong showing at the Shrine Bowl last month, and his Combine performance will certainly help his stock.

It’s been important for Means to showcase who he is for NFL teams and show that he isn’t just a one-trick pony when it comes to his penchant for deep ball touchdowns.

“This year, a lot of my touchdowns came down the field,” Means told PSN at the Shrine Bowl. “So, I just felt like I had a great opportunity to show the scouts, show the NFL that I could make plays down the field and create separation down the field and ultimately just get in the end zone and help the team win.

“I’m just out here to prove myself. I always feel like I have something to prove. I always feel like I have something to work on, so I’m just out here to show the scouts I’m a ball player, I’m a competitor, I work hard and I’m gonna get the job done.”

Obviously, the football aspect is paramount. Means, who by all accounts grew leaps and bounds during his time at Pitt, has to be able to show that he can compete — and thrive — at the next level. And it was certainly an up-and-down experience on the football field during his time as a Panther.

He hauled in 68 receptions for 1,122 yards (16.5 yards per reception) and eight touchdowns during his Pitt career, and he broke out as the leading receiver last season. It was a tale of two halves last season. He caught 41 balls for 721 yards and six touchdowns last season, but 650 yards and all six touchdowns came over the final eight games — averaging 81 receiving yards per game. And after an 11-target, 0-catch performance against Cincinnati in Week 2, many questioned whether or not Means had what it took to cut it at Pitt. He didn’t.

“This is football so at the end of the day, I’m a competitor,” Means said. “So, that game did bother me a little bit, but it didn’t bother me like, it’s gonna shock my confidence. No, I went back to work. That made me want to get better; that made me want to get back in the lab. It made me hungry. I don’t like when everything goes my way all the time because life isn’t like that, sometimes you need games like that to wake you up.”

Means, and Pitt as a whole, had a very tough game against Cincinnati. And there was no instant fix. He had just six catches for 71 yards through the first games of the season. He found the answer though, through three different quarterbacks, he found the answer. He hit the 71-yard mark in all but one of his next eight games.

Means showcased a lot of potential down the stretch, serving as one of the best wide receivers in the ACC, and he’s banking on that now as he tries to make the NFL. He has the raw potential. It’s about showing the NFL he can do it now.

“I just felt like I did everything I could in college,” Means said. “And I’m ready to take the next step to the next level. I feel like the feedback I got was decent enough for me to come out, that’s all it was. I’m just betting on myself.”

He’s done well in showing his measurables and physical traits, and now he just has to keep working in the buildup to the draft. He’s battled through adversity to succeed before.

The 2024 NFL Draft is scheduled to kick off on April 25, 2024, with Detroit’s Ford Field hosting the three-day spectacle this time around.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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1 month ago

Just don’t show these ‘scouts’ any game tape and he’ll be a top five pick, lol

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