Representatives from 30 NFL teams — including offensive line coaches from the Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles — were gathered at Mississippi State’s pro day, which was held indoors on FieldTurf.
Of the nine MSU players — plus one from Belhaven — the most notable was guard Gabe Jackson. Jackson — who was at the NFL Scouting Combine — only weighed in at the pro day (339 pounds), ran a three-cone drill (7.94 seconds) and then went through the positional drills. Jackson is a very solid football player, and his workout keeps him in the conversation as a possible first-round draft pick. But he seems more likely to be selected in the second round.
Here are some other notables from the pro day:
LaDarius Perkins, RB (197 pounds) — Perkins was at the NFL Scouting Combine, stood on his numbers from the event but ran a 60-yard long shuttle at the pro day (12.06 seconds). He had a very good positional workout, displaying good quickness and ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.
Denico Autry, DE (6-foot-4 3/4, 273 pounds) — Autry ran the 40-yard dash in 5.10 and 5.14 seconds. He had a 29 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-7 broad jump. He ran a 4.43-second short shuttle and had a three-cone time of 7.31 seconds. Autry — who was not at the combine — worked out as both a 3-4 outside linebacker and 4-3 defensive end. However, he did not show the desired skill set to play in space as an outside linebacker. Despite that, Autry could be a late-round draft pick or a priority free-agent pickup following the 2014 NFL Draft.
Charles Siddoway, OT (6-5 3/8, 301) — Siddoway ran the 40 in 5.06 and 5.15 seconds, had a 28 1/2-inch vertical and 8-6 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.55 seconds and had a 7.38-second three-cone drill. He lifted 225 pounds 26 times. His arms were measured at 33 1/2 inches, and because of that and his overall size some team could draft this player in the sixth or seventh rounds. Siddoway has worked very hard to add weight, having weighed in at 278 pounds at the beginning of the 2013 season.
Nickoe Whitley, DB — Whitley was a standout on the Bulldogs’ defense, leading the team with five interceptions. However, a knee operation performed three months ago prevented him from working out at the pro day.
Tyler Russell, QB (6-4 3/8, 227) — Russell had shoulder surgery and was unable to work out.
One player from NAIA Belhaven worked out:
Matt Hall, OT (6-9 1/8, 324) — Hall — who participated at the East-West Shrine Game — ran the 40 in 5.54 and 5.45 seconds. He’s a massive player, but in drills he did not look athletic enough to be a player at the NFL level.