Projected mid-round picks work out in Norman

Oklahoma has a rich history of producing quality NFL players, from Hall-of-Fame receiver Tommy McDonalda third-round draft choice of the Philadelphia Eagles in 1957 — and current Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Petersona first-round selection in 2007 — to having four Sooners selected in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft, including three of the first four overall picks — Sam Bradford (No. 1), Gerald McCoy (No. 3) and Trent Williams (No. 4).

So, it’s a rare occasion when Oklahoma doesn’t have the sort of must-see prospects that could change the complexion of the early stages of the draft. This year, while a young Sooners team builds toward a potential run at the 2011 national title, the school’s pro offerings are limited, with three players projected to be middle-round picks.

In a pro day held indoors on FieldTurf on Tuesday, free safety Quinton Carter, running back DeMarco Murray and defensive lineman Jeremy Beal put their skills on display.

Carter, who measures at 6-foot-2 1/4, 208 pounds, stood by his NFL Scouting Combine numbers and managed to put together an eye-opening workout, looking very good in the positional drills.

Murray (6-0, 211) stood by all of his combine numbers with the exception of the 60-yard shuttle, which he timed at 11.47 seconds at the pro day.

Beal (6-2 5/8, 263) opted to run the short shuttle (4.41 seconds) and 3-cone drill (6.95 seconds) at Oklahoma’s pro day.

Defensive lineman Adrian Taylor, who is recovering after tearing his Achilles’ tendon this past season and hasn’t been able to go through any running drills at either the combine or pro day, was still among the top performers among defensive linemen at the combine in the bench press (34 reps of 225 pounds).

Two players who were not invited to participate at the combine went through drills at Oklahoma’s pro day:

Offensive tackle Cory Brandon measured 6-6 7/8, 325 and has an arm span of 36 1/8 inches. Brandon executed all the drills, running 5.40 and 5.34 in the 40, 4.67 in the short shuttle and 8.04 in the 3-cone drill, jumping 26 inches in the vertical and 8 feet, 6 inches in the broad jump, and doing 26 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.

Wide receiver Cameron Kenney measured 6-1, 199 and also went through all the drills at Oklahoma’s pro day. Kenney registered times of 4.51, 4.61 and 4.64 in the 40 (he slipped on two of his 40 runs), 4.21 in the short shuttle and 6.82 in the 3-cone, jumped 35 1/2 inches in the vertical and 10 feet, 9 inches in the broad jump, and did 11 reps on the bench press.

NFL team personnel on hand for Oklahoma’s pro day were treated to a nice breakfast and box lunch.

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