Georgia held its pro day today for its NFL draft prospects under windy conditions.
There was not nearly as much buzz surrounding this one as last year when receiver A.J. Green worked out, but scouts did get a chance to watch tight end Orson Charles run the 40. He only did the bench press at the NFL combine in Indianapolis because he said he wasn’t ready after declaring in January after his junior season.
I timed Charles with a wind-aided 4.60 40-yard dash and a 4.90 running into the wind.
The scouts had Charles’ best time with a 4.75,
Charles wasn’t pleased with his 40 time.
“That’s definitely something I wish I could take back and run again,” he said. “I’m hoping that some guy calls me and says let’s run the 40 again because I’ll definitely show them.”
Georgia says there were 46 scouts and coaches from 30 NFL teams at its pro day today. Only Dallas and Chicago were not represented.
Charles said he has an individual workout already lined up with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Here’s what I had on 40 times for the other former Georgia players that ran. Needless to say, these are unofficial (first time is wind-aided, second time is against wind):
FB/TE Bruce Figgins 5.13, 5.28
DL DeAngelo Tyson 4.84, 5.03
TE Aron White 4.75, 5.03
S John Knox Missed time, 4.94
Here are the official results from the NFL scouts provided by Georgia:
Justin Anderson: 330 pounds, 32 reps on 225-pound bench.
Brandon Boykin: 181 pounds, 16 reps on bench press
Charles: 4.75 40, 30.5 vertical, 9.5 long jump, 4.75 shuttle time.
Figgins: 272 pounds, 5.2 40, 23 reps on bench press, 4.3 shuttle time, 7.3 3-cone drill.
Tyson: 308 pounds, 30 reps on bench press, 4.8 40.
Aron White: 238 pounds, 22 reps on bench press, 4.73 40, 7.13 3-cone drill.
Offensive tackles Cordy Glenn and center Ben Jones let their showings stand from the combine, only going through position drills today.
Some other Pro Day nuggets:
–Tyson was able to participate today after not being permitted to take part at the NFL combine, something he found out after he got to Indianapolis.
“I was medically excluded so I wasn’t able to participate in any of the competition drills,” he said. “It was a good thing that we still had Pro Day because I made up for it today.”
Tyson declined to say what the medical issue was, but said he was cleared to go today.
Tyson said he met his goals in the 40.
“It’s my dream to play football and I think I’m making a big step towards that,” Tyson said.
–Cornerback Brandon Boykin said he’s at about “85 percent,” from what he said was a cracked fibula in his right leg sustained in the Senior Bowl while running down on punt coverage.
“I got hit while I was trying to plant,” Boykin said. “It was a freak accident. I don’t know how it happened.”
Boykin is hoping to hold a Pro Day in the second week of April in Athens. He said he can jog some, but hasn’t cut yet. He will head to Pensacola, Fla., to train.
“I’m trying to get back into that running shape and doing those type of things,” Boykin said. “Hopefully by early April expecting to be 100 percent and be able to do the things I could do before.”
Boykin was MVP in the Outback Bowl and reports were that he had a strong Senior Bowl practice week.
“I feel like I had a lot of great tape and hopefully that will see me through,” Boykin said.
–Glenn was content let his his 5.15 40 time and 31 reps on the bench press stand. That left him just having to do the offensive line drills.
“Just doing the Senior Bowl and the combine kind of prepared me for it,” he said. “I’m kind of getting a little comfortable just performing in front of a lot of people.”
He’s being projected as a first-round pick, but isn’t hearing that from teams directly.
“I’m honestly not sure,” he said. “It’s like poker. They don’t really let you know anything. I really have no idea.”
–Kicker Blair Walsh and punter Drew Butler also showed off their legs with the windy conditions.
Walsh said he kicked with the wind at his back, but said it was “coming sideways angled.”
“It was definitely there,” he said. “I ended up doing well.”
Walsh said he made 16 of 17 field goals, with a long of 60.
“I’ve kicked pretty well in the combine and today and I’m hoping that somebody takes a shot at me,” Walsh said.
–Former West Virginia quarterback Jarrett Brown, an NFL free agent, threw in drills to Charles, Figgins and White. Brown redshirted with the Mountaineers in 2005 when it beat Georgia in the Sugar Bowl. Charles said he had trained with Brown previously.
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