The spectacle that is another NFL Pro Day at Georgia is in the books.
All 32 NFL teams were on hand today, represented by 93 scouts, coaches and executives.
Add in family members, media and others and there were a lot of folks watching 17 former Georgia players and Jon Richt (Mark’s son) work out today.
NFL head coaches Mike Tomlin from Pittsburgh, Mike Smith from Atlanta and Rex Ryan from the New York Jets (and his brother Rob Ryan, defensive coordinator from the New Orleans Saints) were here at the Woodruff practice fields.
Jarvis Jones ran an official 4.92 40. I had him at 4.88 and 4.85 on my stopwatch.
What does it all mean?
I caught up with NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock.
Here was his take: “I don’t see a 4.9 guy on tape. I think it is a little bit of a red flag and teams have to go back and teams have to take another look at the tape because 4.9, let’s face it, Manti Te’o got killed for running 4.8 at the combine. I didn’t expect to see 4.9. I thought he looked pretty good in the drill work, though. I think he’s explosive in short areas. I think you’ve got to look at it from a scheme perspective, too. The 3-4 teams are going to like him as an edge rusher and the 4-3 teams are going to have to be ones to say `OK, do we think he can be a Sam linebacker at 4.9.’ I think you go back to the tape and you decide what kind of a football player. A 4.9 scares me a little bit but some guys play faster than they time.”
Jones didn’t seem overly fazed about the 40 time.
Here’s what he said on his first 40 when he grimaced at the end and then grabbed his left leg: “I can’t even tell you what happened. I really think I missed a step like I got outside my steps and missed a step. I don’t know if I overstepped or understepped but it felt weird.”
Jones met with the New Orleans Saints yesterday and said he has meetings scheduled with Kansas City, Philadelphia and Detroit.
“It’s definitely fun,” he said. “Get a different coaching style. NFL coaching is probably a lot different than college. It’s more business than college. …They coach you up in the NFL. They take it to a whole different level. It was fun out there today just to be around those coaches and see how they coach and their enthusiasm and everything so I had fun.”
Linebacker Alec Ogletree ran a 4.63 40, improving on a 4.70 from the combine.
“I just wanted to improve one thing throughout the whole day, if anything,” Ogletree said. “That was pretty good.”
The Pro Day was held in 40 degree temperatures with the wind blowing, but players were glad to be working out in a familiar setting.
“It’s a lot calmer here than it was in Indianapolis,” Ogletree said. “I don’t know how many guys were there, but you’re going against them from different schools. Here you’re just with your teammates you’ve been with for the past three or four years. It’s relaxing, and it’s a great time for us.”
Official results (provided to Georgia by the NFL)
Kwame Geathers 5.35
Mike Gilliard 4.79
John Jenkins 5.20
Abry Jones 5.15
Jarvis Jones 4.92
Alec Ogletree 4.63
Bacarri Rambo 4.59
Christian Robinson 4.95
Richard Samuel 4.56
Branden Smith 4.38
Jarvis jones 9-3
Samuel 10-5 ½
Jarvis Jones 30.5
Marlon Brown 10
Sanders Commings 23
Jarvis Jones 20
Branden Smith 23
–Commings, King, Washington and Shawn Williams stood on their combine numbers for categories they are not listed.