Sheldon Richardson earns points with scouts for working out

Representatives from 10 NFL teams gathered at the pro day held at Missouri on March 7, where 12 players went through a workout held indoors on FieldTurf.

The St. Louis Rams were well-represented at the pro day, with assistant head coach Dave McGinnis, as well as assistant defensive line and linebacker coaches, in attendance.

Sheldon Richardson, DT (6-2 7/8, 295) — Richardson ran the 40-yard dash in 4.88 and 4.89 seconds (topping his official combine 40 time of 5.02). He did the short shuttle in 4.59 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.33 seconds. Richardson really impressed the scouts on hand because he was informed by his agent to not do anything at the pro day. Instead, Richardson showed he was a competitor, willing to jump in and do the workout. He was really good in the positional workout, and it helped his draft status to work out. Richardson is going to be a first-round pick (recent mock drafts published on NFL.com project Richardson going as high as No. 14 to the Carolina Panthers).

Zaviar Gooden, OLB (6-foot-1 3/4, 224 pounds) — Gooden had a 38 1/2-inch vertical jump (4 1/2 inches better than his NFL Scouting Combine number). He then stood by the rest of his numbers from the combine (he was a top performer in his position group at the combine in every workout but the vertical). Gooden is a good athlete with speed. This is a good linebacker prospect.

T.J. Moe, WR (5-11 5/8, 206) — Moe ran an official 4.74 40 time at the combine, but did the 40 at his pro day in 4.60 and 4.62 seconds. He stood on the rest of his numbers from the combine. Moe has very good hands and reminds you a lot of Wes Welker.

Kendial Lawrence, RB (5-8 5/8, 194) — Lawrence — who was not invited to the combine — ran the 40 in 4.33 and 4.45 seconds. He had a 37-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-5 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.33 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.95 seconds. He also performed 19 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. Lawrence is a small running back, but looked good in the workout and displayed quickness. Because of his pro day performance, Lawrence could be selected as high as the seventh round or get a look as a rookie free-agent pickup.

Kip Edwards, CB (6-0 3/4, 193) — Edwards — who was not at the combine — ran the 40 in 4.56 and 4.57 seconds. He had a 33 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-2 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.21 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.88 seconds. Edwards did 15 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press.

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