Arkansas’ Petrus builds on strong combine showing

OL Mitch Petrus impressed scouts at the Arkansas' pro day. (Michael Conroy / Associated Press)

Arkansas OL Mitch Petrus (6-foot-3 1/4, 307 pounds) made a name for himself by tying the record for bench press repetitions at 225 pounds at the NFL Scouting Combine.

He continued his quest to become drafted at Arkansas’ pro day on March 17, but he chose to stand on his combine bench press record. He did post decent numbers in the other drills, however, running the 40-yard dash in 5.25 and 5.28 seconds, recording a 30-inch vertical jump, an 8-foot, 10-inch broad jump and a 7.79-second three-cone drill.

He also did a position workout at the center position (he played guard, tight end and fullback in college) for three NFL offensive line coaches, including Cincinnati’s Paul Alexander and Detroit assistant offensive line coach Jeremiah Washburn.

In total, 13 players worked out for 30 team representatives indoors on FieldTurf. Here are the two other noteworthy prospects:

DT Malcolm Sheppard (6-2 1/8, 280) ran 5.04 and 5.04 in the 40, had a 30-inch vertical jump, an 8-7 broad, a 4.62-second short shuttle, a 7.67 three-cone drill and 24 bench press reps.

S Matt Harris (6-2 1/4, 193) ran 4.62 and 4.69 in the 40, had a 33-inch vertical jump, a 10-foot broad jump, a 4.10 short shuttle, a 6.75 three-cone drill and five bench press reps.

Gil Brandt

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