Representatives from four NFL teams — plus one team from the Canadian Football League (Edmonton Eskimos) — were on hand for South Alabama’s pro day on March 7. The workout was held outdoors on FieldTurf, and 14 University of South Alabama players — plus four others from area small schools — went through drills.
Ross Metheny, QB (6-foot-1 3/4, 210 pounds) — Metheny ran the 40-yard dash in 4.72 and 4.65 seconds. He had a 40-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-10 broad jump. He ran the short shuttle in 4.30 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.07 seconds. Metheny went through an on-field workout that was scripted by quarterback trainer David Morris, a former backup to Eli Manning at Ole Miss who is also working with Alabama QB AJ McCarron in his preparations for the 2014 NFL Draft.
Metheny spent three years at Virginia and earned his undergraduate degree before transferring to South Alabama. He had a nice pro day workout, but remains a free-agent possibility at best following the draft.
Clifton Crews, DE (6-1 7/8, 234) — Crews ran the 40 in 4.70 and 4.65 seconds. He had a 37 1/2-inch vertical and 10-3 broad jump. He ran a 4.47-second short shuttle and a 7.10-second three-cone drill. He also had 18 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. Crews, who projects as a linebacker in the NFL, is a free-agent possibility following the draft.
Bryant Lavender, WR (5-10 7/8, 183) — Lavender ran the 40 in 4.53 and 4.45 seconds. He had a 41-inch vertical jump and a 9-10 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.41 seconds and the three-cone in 8.92 seconds. Lavender has 9 1/4-inch hands and is a good possession-type receiver. However, he might not be fast enough at his size to play in the NFL. Those concerns make him a free-agent candidate following the draft.