Football Players Show Off Talents at Pro Day

LSU's Patrick Peterson addressed the media
LSU's Patrick Peterson addressed the media
Steve Franz
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BATON ROUGE -- A dozen draft eligible LSU football players took part in 2011 Pro Timing Day at the LSU Football Operations Center on Monday, as NFL scouts and coaches took notice.

Here's what they had to say:

LSU Pro Timing Day Player Quotes
March 14, 2011


On how he felt he did today...
"I did pretty well. On a scale from one to 10, I would rate it a nine. I dropped a pass today, so that knocked it down a point."

On electing not to run the 40-yard dash today...
"I was definitely comfortable with my time (at the NFL Combine). I didn't want to come out here and pull anything and try to stress myself on running a 4.2. I really wanted to run a 4.2, but I was satisfied with the 4.34 I ran in Indianapolis."

On his NFL Combine experience...
"The Combine was wonderful. The first three days were kind of draining, but that fourth day is show time. As far as going through the interview process and meeting all these coaches you see growing up on TV and now I'm in a room with these guys, it was a wonderful experience."

On Carolina head coach Ron Rivera making the trip to LSU Pro Day...
"That was special. We had dinner last night and talked a little football. We were just getting to know each other. It would definitely be an honor if Carolina takes me No. 1."

On his day ...
"Besides the 40 -yard dash, I think the individual workouts went really well. I caught every ball."

On his draft spot ...
"I don't even pay any attention to that. I listen to my agent and he will tell me. As long as I get drafted, it will be a dream for me. I think my stock has risen since the end of the season. After the Cotton Bowl performance, I did well in the East-West Shrine Game and in the practices. I did real well at the combine and I think I did well today. I think my stock has risen."

On what he has been working on ...
"I've been working on route running and coming out of breaks. I've been trying to be more focused throughout the process. I'm just trying to do what I have to do. I need to come out during my workouts and catch every ball. I want to have great interviews also."

On returning from tweaking his hamstring ...
"I saw Brandon LaFell last year, and he tweaked his hamstring last year and pushed through it. I saw that. I said, 'Why can't I do it?' I am a tough guy and a tough player. I wanted to come out here and show the coaches that I can play through injury and catch every ball."


On how he felt he did today...
"Personally, I felt I did really well. I didn't miss any going with the wind. I got back up to 60 yards and made that. I made all of them into the wind except for two from 45 (yards). They fell short, but my kickoffs were really good and really deep. My punts could have been a little bit better, but I was still pretty satisfied with those."

On if Pro Day allowed him to shine more than the NFL Combine...
"It might have been because teams came down here solely just to look at me and Derek (Helton), so on that note, it was a little bit more important, but the Combine has everybody instead of just a couple of teams. They are both important, but this was the last chance to prove what you can do."

On if he has a team preference to play for in the NFL...
"I have a good relationship with a lot of teams, but none of them sticks out more than the other. I'm just trying to keep my doors open, going into this open-minded and seeing what happens, but yes, I talked to a lot of good teams, and some of them seemed pretty interested."


Opening Statement ...
"I am very thrilled with all the feedback I'm getting. It was a great workout, but I'm exhausted. It feels like an LSU early morning workout, but I'm loving it to be right here where it all started with my teammates. They were all here to support me, my family and guys like Charles Scott and Jacob Hester. It's all good to be back home and doing it the right way."

On the positive feedback he's received ...
"I had a very good workout. I got my weight up to 250 and was able to maintain that weight all the way from the senior bowl all the way to now. I'm in very good condition and was able to work out. I had to work out by myself because no other linebackers were able to make it out, but it was good. I enjoyed the experience. It was a very humbling experience and I am just thankful to be here."

On what he has to do between now and the draft ...
"Just continue to do what I'm doing. It's still a process. I'm still going to have to do some more workouts and I'm going to have to make a couple of visits, but it's still another very big step and I'm just enjoying it. Not everyone gets this opportunity so I'm just trying to take it and enjoy it."


On his performance today ...
"It went pretty well. I went out there and just showed my stuff and showed what I could do. I think I improved on my bench press; I went up three reps on that. My three-cone drill was a little better and my shuttle was about where I expected it to be. I ran my 40 about the same time, but I put on about five pounds from the combine. I feel good about today."

On if this was stressful ...
"It's not really that stressful for me. I'm just thankful for every day I've been given. To get the opportunity to get out here and perform in front of these scouts for a chance to play at the next level, it's not really that stressful. You just have to take it one day at a time and continue doing the things that got you to this point, and that's hard work."

On his performance today ...
"Today went pretty well. I just did my best to glorify God and made sure that I put forth my best effort."

On his goals today ...
"My goal was to improve my 40-yard dash time. I also did the 'L' drill and some position drills."


On his goals today ...
"I just wanted to come out here and run the best I could. I focused on running a great 40-yard dash, staying low and performing well in the other drills."

On what he has focused on while training for today ...
"I have mainly focused on my technique. I focused on my technique while I trained in New Orleans, and I have just done things to try to make me a better football player. I am willing to do whatever I need to do to get better."




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