A total of 11 players worked out in front of representatives from 10 NFL teams — including the running backs coaches from the Philadelphia Eagles (Duce Staley) and New York Jets (Anthony Lynn) — at Central Michigan’s pro day Wednesday. The workout was conducted indoors on FieldTurf.
The player that the NFL running backs coaches were on hand to see work out was Zurlon Tipton, a 5-foot-11 3/4, 223-pound back who was on the 2013 Maxwell and Doak Walker Award watch lists. However, a broken ankle suffered in the season opener derailed those award hopes, and Tipton missed seven games.
At Central Michigan’s pro day, Tipton ran the 40-yard dash in 4.70 and 4.73 seconds. He had a 32-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-11 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.48 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.89 seconds. He also had 17 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. Tipton looked good in the workouts, catching every pass thrown his way in the field drills. He could be a late-round draft pick or a priority free-agent pickup following the 2014 NFL Draft.
Jake Olson, OT (6-7 1/2, 301) — Olson ran the 40 in 5.29 and 5.30 seconds. He had a 29-inch vertical jump and 8-11 broad jump. He had a 4.92-second short shuttle and 7.84-second three-cone. He was unable to do the bench press due to a disc problem, but was able to execute field drills. Olson could get a look from an NFL team as a free agent.
Lorenzo White, Jr., CB (5-11 3/8, 182) — White’s senior season with the Chippewas was in 2012, but he participated in the school’s pro day. He is the son of the former Houston Oilers running back. White ran the 40 in 4.58 and 4.59 seconds. He had a 32-inch vertical jump and a 9-9 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.28 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.07 seconds. He also did 13 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.