Luke Nix was a three-year starter on the offensive line at the University of Pittsburgh, and representatives from 22 teams were present at the school’s pro day to check this player out. Nix figures to be a late third-round or early fourth-round selection in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and offensive line coach Sean Kugler worked out the players. Coaches from the Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins were also present at the pro day.
Nix, a guard, measured in at 6-foot-5 3/8 and 319 pounds. He did an 8-foot-10 broad jump, 4.73-second short shuttle and 7.94-second three-cone drill, and opted to stand on his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine in the other drills. Despite being sick with a strep throat for the workout, Nix looked good working out on the offensive line.
Other notable performances from Pittsburgh’s pro day include:
Chas Alecxih, DT (6-foot-3 3/4, 291 pounds) — Alecxih ran the 40-yard dash in 5.22 and 5.16 seconds, had a 31-inch vertical and 8-foot-8 broad jump and a 7.71-second three-cone drill. Alecxih is a third-day-of-the-draft sort of prospect, looking more like a seventh-rounder than a fifth-round selection.
Brandon Lindsey, DE (6-1 1/4, 245) — Lindsey ran the 40 in 4.70 and 4.79 seconds, had a 32 1/2-inch vertical, 9-foot-10 broad jump, 4.41-second short shuttle and a 7.20-second three-cone. Lindsey played defensive end in college, but projects better to 3-4 base defense outside linebacker in the NFL.
Antwuan Reed, CB (5-9 7/8, 189) — Reed ran the 40 in 4.62 and 4.57 seconds, and did a 4.41-second short shuttle and 7.31-second three-cone. Reed kept his numbers in the vertical and broad jumps, as well as the bench press, from the combine. Reed had an average position workout at the pro day.
Buddy Jackson, CB (6 1/8, 187) — Jackson ran the 40 in 4.37 and 4.40 seconds (including a 1.50 10-yard split, which is pretty good), had a 40-inch vertical jump and 11-foot-8 broad jump, a 4.10-second short shuttle, 7.11-second three-cone, and performed 15 strength lifts of 225 pounds. Jackson was not at the combine. He did not play much at Pittsburgh, but has displayed outstanding speed and athletic ability.