SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Kapron Lewis-Moore was a likely mid-to-late-round draft pick before he tore his ACL in the BCS Championship against Alabama. Now, the defensive end is hardly a lock to be selected in next month's NFL Draft, although he's trying to keep a positive attitude about his predicament.
"I'm definitely going to stay optimistic for late-round draft," Lewis-Moore said, "because there's been guys in years past that have torn their ACLs that get drafted in mid rounds, late rounds. Always gotta keep positive."
Lewis-Moore acknowledged, though, that the most likely route for him will be latch on with a team as an undrafted free agent. He doesn't expect to be fully healthy until August or September, and didn't do any drills at Tuesday's pro day at Notre Dame.
[FROM BCS CHAMPIONSHIP: Lewis-Moore's Notre Dame career ends in painful way]
"There's nothing I can really do," Lewis-Moore said. "I can only control what I can control."
For now, all Lewis-Moore can control is his rehab process. He had a lapse in that positive attitude last month, taking to twitter to vent his frustrations.
"This s**t sucks," Lewis-Moore wrote in a string of tweets in early February. "I totally understand about trying to have a "positive attitude" but there are days where sometimes having a positive attitude isn't enough. You have a set plan and then something goes terribly wrong your whole plan has to get adjusted and take a different route.
"Yea I still have faith in god and I know he has a plan but sometimes it's hard to understand what his plan is. It's tough not being able to work out and try to be my absolute best for the combine and pro day. Ill just be able to jog by then.
"… Just a little frustrated, upset and also sad."
Lewis-Moore described that as an isolated episode, one that comes with having his shot at the NFL taken away from him for the time being.
"I just had a bad day, that's all. I wasn't trying to offend anybody or anything like that," Lewis-Moore said. "Now I'm just trying to keep mentally strong and, like I said, I can only get my film out there and hopefully some of these scouts like what they see on film."
Cave not worried about shoulder issue
Center Braxston Cave didn't participate in the bench press at last month's Scouting Combine due to a shoulder issue that popped up after the BCS Championship, but he did complete 32 bench press reps on Tuesday. Cave had only been bench pressing for five days prior to pro day after taking a month and a half off from the bench press.
[MORE: Te'o making a (faster) run at NFL Draft]
Cave said he could do 46 reps before he got hurt, and isn't worried about his shoulder affecting his draft status. He hasn't heard anything about where he'll land in the draft -- a mid-round selection appears likely -- but isn't concerned about that uncertainty at this point.
"I've heard everything. I'm not putting a whole lot of thought into it, I'm not going to beat myself up over it," Cave said. "All it takes is one team to love you, and see where I end up."
Eifert not pushing rivalry with Ertz
Stanford's Zach Ertz has leapfrogged Tyler Eifert to be projected by a few analysts as the first tight end to come off the board in April, creating a perceived rivalry or sorts between the two top players at their position.
[RELATED: ND's search for Eifert's replacement begins to come into focus]
Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio is trying to set up a race between Ertz and Eifert, which Ertz joked he'd do. Eifert, however, doesn't sound interested in furthering the notion the two are rivals -- although he would like to be taken ahead of Ertz next month.
"I want to be the first tight end taken. I think it's kinda silly that it's become a rivalry," Eifert said with a grin. "I saw him at the combine, he's a cool dude, we hung out the whole time. I'm doing everything I can to be the first tight end taken. That's what I hope to be."
-- Wide receiver Robby Toma ran the fastest 40 time of any player at pro day, clocking in at 4.50 seconds. Running back Cierre Wood ran a 4.52 40.
-- Despite Cave's shoulder issue, his 32 bench press reps were the most of anyone Tuesday. Offensive lineman Mike Golic Jr. came in second with 31, and naturally punter Ben Turk was third with 26.