WACO, Texas — When you get on the main street leading into Baylor University, you immediately see the signs directing visitors to the football team’s pro-day workouts. That’s what happens when you have a top draft pick in your midst.
Representatives from 15 NFL teams attended today’s workout, including three offensive line coaches — Andy Hecht (Jacksonville), Paul Alexander (Cincinnati), and Mike Solari (Seattle). The main attraction was offensive tackle Jason Smith, projected to be a top-10 draft pick next month.
Smith was one of 12 players participating — 11 from Baylor and one player from nearby Mary Harden Baylor University. Baylor passed out a helpful information packet on its 11 players, complete with contact information for agents and where to reach the players on draft day.
Pro day was well organized. Players ran outdoors on grass. The overall event took a little over two hours, followed by extra time in which the three NFL line coaches worked out Smith and fellow Baylor OL Dan Gay.
Smith did position drills but stood on his combine numbers for the other drills. Gay participated at the combine but did everything Tuesday morning in hopes of improving his numbers.
Gay measured in at 6-foot-4 and 303 pounds. He ran the 40-yard dash in 5.48, running with the wind. He had a 24 ½-inch vertical jump, a 7-foot, 1 ½-inch broad jump, a 5.40-second short-shuttle run, a 8.47-second 3-cone drill, and he did 20 repetitions on the bench press.
All 15 NFL reps in attendance will be at Texas A&M’s pro day Wednesday morning.
The St. Louis Rams, who have the second overall pick in the draft, will be back in Waco on March 12 for a private workout with Smith.
» Missouri WR Jeremy Maclin, who hurt his knee at the combine, has been cleared by Birmingham, Ala., specialist Dr. James Andrews to do all workouts.
» Ole Miss OT Michael Oher has changed agents, leaving Bus Cook and signing with James Sexton.
– Gil Brandt