Fresno State RB Ryan Mathews (5-foot-11 3/4, 217 pounds) has gained more and more respect throughout this draft process, and his strong pro day performance figures only to enhance his profile.
When scouts had a chance to review his game tape following last season, they saw a powerful rusher capable of running between the tackles or on the edge. Then he showed the athletic ability teams are looking for at the NFL Scouting Combine.
At the school’s pro day on March 17, he put together another fine workout. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.46 and 4.48 seconds, had a 34-inch vertical jump and a 4.10-second short shuttle. He stood on the rest of his combine numbers.
Four other noteworthy prospects also performed for 30 team representatives outdoors on heavy grass.
RB Lonyae Miller (5-11 1/2, 216) ran 4.51 and 4.53 in the 40, had a 4.46 short shuttle and a 6.95 three-cone drill.
WR Seyi Ajirotutu (6-3, 204) ran 4.58 and 4.58 in the 40, had a 4.47 short shuttle and a 7.01 three-cone drill.
CB A.J. Jefferson (6-0 1/4, 186) stood on all of his combine numbers.
WR Chastin West (6-0 7/8, 214) ran 4.64 and 4.64 in the 40, had a 4.42 short shuttle and a 7.08 three-cone drill.
– Gil Brandt