Get to know the name Duke Calhoun. The wide receiver from Memphis is generating a buzz. Former Cowboys quarterback Jerry Rhome called about a month ago to give me a heads up on Calhoun’s ability, and he worked out very well at Memphis’ pro day on Friday.
Calhoun (6-foot-2 1/8, 195 pounds) ran the 40-yard dash in 4.50 and 4.49 seconds, had a 35-inch vertical jump, a 10-foot, 4-inch broad jump, a 4.50-second short shuttle, a 6.75-second three-cone drill and did 12 bench press repetitions at 225 pounds. He really helped himself and should be a middle-to-late round pick. Bengals receivers coach Mike Sheppard was there to work him out.
The fact he was in a rotation at Memphis hindered his production in college.
The other noteworthy player among the 15 that worked out in front of nine team representatives outdoors on FieldTurf was RB Curtis Steele. Steele (5-10 5/8, 194) ran the 40 in 4.60 and pulled a hamstring. He wasn’t able to do any more of the running drills. He did have a 32 1/2-inch vertical jump, a 9-4 broad jump and 16 bench press reps.
– Gil Brandt