Nation-High 12 Tigers Take Part in NFL Combine
Sr. Assoc. Athletic Director/SID
BATON ROUGE - Twelve former LSU football players wrapped up their job interview with the NFL on Tuesday as the NFL Combine concluded in Indianapolis.
LSU's 12 combine participants were the most of any school in college football.
"It's a testament to the type of program that we have here and what we are doing to get our players ready for the next phase of their life, whether it be in football or any other profession," LSU coach Les Miles said of the 12 NFL Combine participants. "The NFL Combine is a job interview in which you are tested by mentally and physically. We do all that we can here at LSU to prepare our players for this opportunity."
The 12 former Tigers who took part in the NFL Combine included: Rahim Alem (DE), Charles Alexander (DT), Ciron Black (OT), Harry Coleman (LB/S), Chris Hawkins (CB), Trindon Holliday (RS/WR), Chad Jones (S), Brandon LaFell (WR), Perry Riley (LB), Charles Scott (RB), Al Woods (DT), Keiland Williams (RB).
In addition to going through interviews with each team, players are put through a battery of physical tests, including the 40-yard dash, the 225-pound bench press, the vertical jump and broad jump, the 20-yard shuttle and 60-yard shuttle and the 3-cone drill. Also, players are put through a series of drills.
"It was quite an experience," Scott said on Wednesday upon returning to Baton Rouge from the combine. "I felt good about what I was able to do. I wanted to run a little faster in the 40 (yard dash), but I will get a chance to improve on that at our pro day in a couple of weeks.
"I liked going through the interview process with the different teams. Some of them put you on the board to see what kind of football knowledge you have. That was great for me because I know football and I can draw it up any way they wanted it done. It gave me a chance to let them know that not only can I play the game, but I also can think the game as well. I think they liked that."
Scott weighed in at 238 pounds and was clocked at 4.67 in the 40-yard dash and 6.98 seconds in the 3-cone drill, which was eighth among all running backs.
Holliday turned in perhaps the best overall performance by a former Tiger at the NFL Combine as he was clocked at 4.34 in the 40-yard dash, which ranked second among all participants. Holliday was originally timed at 4.22 in the 40, but that time was later adjusted to 4.34. Jacoby Ford, a wide receiver from Clemson, ran the fastest 40 at 4.28 seconds.
Holiday also turned in the second-best time in the 3-cone drill at 6.54 seconds, trailing only Scott Long of Louisville, who was clocked at 6.45 seconds.
Holliday also dazzled scouts in the vertical jump with a leap of 42 inches. The 42-inch jump was the fourth-best among all players at the combine and trailed only A.J. Jefferson (CB, Fresno State - 44 inches), Dorin Dickerson (TE, Pittsburgh - 43.5 inches) and Eric Berry (S, Tennessee - 43 inches).
Other impressive performances by former Tigers include: Coleman finishing fifth among all linebackers in the 40-yard dash with a time of 4.65; Woods placing fifth among all defensive tackles in the vertical jump with a leap of 37 inches; and Riley finishing seventh among all linebackers in the 20-yard shuttle with a time of 4.25 seconds.
For complete results on how the formers Tigers did at the NFL Combine and for the 2010 LSU Pro Day Scorecard, click here.
Next up for the Tigers will be LSU Pro Day, which is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Monday, March 15 at the school's indoor football facility.