Louisiana Tech Has 11 Players Work Out at Pro Day for All 32 NFL Franchises
March 17, 2010
RUSTON, La. - Representatives from all 32 NFL franchises were in Ruston Wednesday morning for Louisiana Tech's annual Pro Day at Joe Aillet Stadium. A total of 11 current and former players were in attendance getting measured, weighed and tested in various drills.
The players worked out Wednesday morning in front of scouts from all 32 NFL programs and at least six position coaches from various teams. Among the players to work out during the Pro Day were Antonio Baker, Ben Harris, Kwame Jordan, Adrian Logan, Dustin Mitchell, Dennis Morris, Daniel Porter, D'Anthony Smith, Deon Young and 2008 graduates Chris Keagle and Patrick Jackson.
Several of the players were put through a position-specific workout by some of the coaches in attendance, including defensive lineman Smith, Logan and Jordan.
"There were a lot more people at the combine with head coaches to top executives," said D'Anthony Smith. "Here, there were several defensive line coaches and all the scouts. Besides signing day, this was one of the most important days for me, football-wise. It was an interview. I am here to try and play with the best. I'll admit I was a little nervous last night. I didn't sleep more than two hours all night long."
With every NFL franchise represented, the players had the best chance to get noticed with a good workout. One particular scout of note in the audience was "Mean" Joe Green.
"It [meeting and talking with Mean Joe Green] is the feeling of being in the presence of greatness," Smith said. "I still remember the commercial where he throws the jersey to the little kid and I get to see this individual in person. It was great, a great feeling."
Offensive players spent time with coaches running drills and catching balls.
"I think I did great today," said running back Daniel Porter. "I didn't get a great time on the 40-yard the first time I ran it but they let me get two more tries and I feel I ran well. I was expecting to run at least 4.5 today."
"Scouts are talking about me potentially being a third-down back or a specialty back," Porter continued. "I am a playmaker and that's what they are looking for - someone to make something happen. They want me to go out there and perform, just do what I do - play ball."
Aside from the physical testing, scouts also put the players through several position drills. Below are the results from LA Tech's Pro Day testing. If a player's results are not included in a particular drill, this means they didn't take part.
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