More Than 100 NFL Personnel at LSU's '2007 Pro Day'
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Members of the Geaux Zone can soon watch archived video of the event from the LSU Weight Room (measurements, vertical jumpe and bench press) and the LSU Indoor Practice Facility (broad jump, 40-yard dash, three-cone drill, 20-yard shuttle, and individual workouts). Also, video interviews of Russell, safety LaRon Landry, and wide receivers Dwayne Bowe and Craig Davis - all of whom are expected to be drafted either in the drafts top rounds.
BATON ROUGE -- JaMarcus Russell, who many are projecting as the No. 1 pick in April’s NFL Draft, dazzled pro football personnel on Wednesday as he, along with 18 former LSU players participated in the school’s Pro Day at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility.
Over 100 NFL personnel were on hand for the events, including head coaches for the New Orleans Saints, Minnesota Vikings, Oakland Raiders and general managers from the Cleveland Browns and San Diego Chargers.
Close to 75 members of the media were also on hand, including the NFL Network, ESPN, USA Today, ESPN the Magazine and Yahoo Sports. The NFL Network dedicated an entire 30-minute show to LSU’s Pro Day.
The testing that took place on Wednesday had each of the players being measured for height and weight as well as arm and hand span. Most of the players also took part in the 40-yard dash, the 225-pound bench press, the 20-yard shuttle, the 3-cone drill and the broad jump and vertical jump.
In addition to the testing, many of the players took part in a series of individual workouts for the pro personnel. Russell, along with wide receivers Dwayne Bowe and Craig Davis and running back Justin Vincent, spent 30 minutes throwing and catching passes for the scouts.
“I ran pretty well caught and caught the ball pretty good,” Bowe said following the workout. “Some balls got lost, but that is the part of the game. When you drop one you just have to get up and catch the next one. My main concern today was my speed. I played fast and I ran great routes. It really was not a big thing but, that is what they wanted to see.”
The defensive backs, offensive and defensive lineman and the kickers were also put through various drills by the NFL coaches.
“This was a great day for LSU football and these players,” LSU coach Les Miles said. “I was fortunate to be in the NFL and see several of these workouts, but I don’t know if I have seen a workout where there was as much talent as this. I think the NFL was unbelievably represented.
“The opportunity for our guys to exhibit and show their talents and hopefully be drafted as high as they wish, this was a big day. I saw our guys and I think they performed very well. JaMarcus (Russell) threw extremely well. I think our guys caught the ball well. We ran great 40s.”
Some of the highlights on the day for the Tigers include Bowe running a 4.40 40-yard dash and defensive back Daniel Francis being clocked at 4.41. Davis ran a 4.44 in his first 40-yard dash and then followed that with a 4.41 clocking.
Russell, who only participated in the throwing drills and the 40-yard dash, was clocked at a 4.83 in the 40.
Defensive back Sammy Joseph had the best leap in the broad jump, going 10-feet, 9-inches, while LaRon Landry and Francis each went 10-6.
The vertical leap was led by Landry, who went 38 inches, followed by Bowe at 37.5 inches.
Chase Pittman and Brian Johnson both posted the highest number of repetitions in the 225-pound bench press, going 26 times each. They were followed by Peter Dyakowski with 23 reps and Doug Planchard with 22.
On today’s performance...
“I was feeling pretty good. I ran pretty well caught and caught the ball pretty good. Some balls got lost, but that is the best part of the game. When you drop one you just have to get up and catch the next one. My main concern today was my speed. I played fast and I ran great routes. It really was not a big thing but, that is what they wanted to see.”
On JaMarcus Russell’s performance...
“He did phenomenally well. His was on the money. His step and his were great. I think he did a great job today.”
On how he felt today...
“I feel like this is my job. You just have to come out here everyday and do what you have been doing for the last three years. I do it every Saturday and now it is time to do it every Sunday.”
On his draft status...
“I really don’t know right now. I am not worried about it until that day. I am just going to keep doing what I do everyday, get up and work out and try to get better.”