Three Texas A&M players who did not participate in the NFL Scouting Combine produced outstanding workouts at the school’s pro day, which was held Wednesday, indoors on FieldTurf.
Center Kevin Matthews, who is the son of Hall of Fame offensive lineman Bruce Matthews and cousin of current Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews, took advantage of his opportunity to impress the representatives from nine NFL teams in attendance.
Matthews (6-foot-3, 298 pounds) ran the 40-yard dash — which was run on a rubber matting placed over the FieldTurf — in 5.32 and 5.27 seconds, had a 29-inch vertical leap, an 8-foot, 3-inch broad jump and posted times of 4.83 seconds in the short shuttle and 7.69 seconds in the three-cone drill. He also did 32 repetitions of 225 pounds in the bench press. Those 32 bench press reps would have placed Matthews tied for ninth among offensive linemen at the combine. Where Matthews really made his mark was with an exceptional performance in the position drills.
Another prospect who gained attention was cornerback Jordan Pugh (5-foot-10, 196 pounds). He completed an outstanding workout. Pugh ran the 40 in 4.48 and 4.44 seconds, did a 40-inch vertical jump and had a 10-foot, 5-inch broad jump. He ran a 4.24-second short shuttle, a 7.13-second three-cone drill and did 14 bench press reps. The 4.44 40 time would have made Pugh the fastest cornerback at the combine. The 40-inch vertical would have tied Pugh for second at his position at the combine. And Pugh accomplished all of this in front of Bengals defensive backs coach Kevin Coyle.
Tight end Jamie McCoy (6-foot-2, 240 pounds) ran 4.56 and 4.57 seconds in the 40, had a 35-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot, 10-inch broad jump. He had a time of 7.11 seconds in the three-cone drill and did 23 lifts on the bench press. McCoy’s top 40 time would have placed him tied for second among tight ends at the combine behind the eye-popping 4.40 time posted by Pittsburgh’s Dorin Dickerson. Numbers posted in the vertical jump, broad jump and bench press also would have placed McCoy among the combine’s top performers at his position.
While these three were the highlights of the 14 players who worked out at Texas A&M, another big thrill for players and the scouts on hand was the social gathering at Wings N’ More in College Station the night before the pro day. It’s an event the players and scouts all look forward to.
– Gil Brandt