Cyril Richardson of Baylor boosts draft status with weight loss

Representatives from 29 NFL teams — including an offensive line coach from the Indianapolis Colts and a defensive backs coach from the New York Jets — were on hand for Baylor’s pro day on Wednesday, when 19 players worked out indoors on FieldTurf with loud music playing in the background.

Cyril Richardson, G (6-foot-4 1/4, 333 pounds) — Richardson ran the 40-yard dash in 5.23 and 5.28 seconds. Richardson, who has 34 3/8-inch arms, did 30 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. Richardson has lost about 20 pounds since the end of the 2013 season when he was at the Reese’s Senior Bowl. He has worked hard to lose that weight and that hard work paid off at Baylor’s pro day, when he looked very good; he looked like the Richardson we remembered from a year ago when he was one of the most highly regarded offensive line prospects in the nation. He had gotten too heavy in 2013 and did not move well enough to be considered a top line prospect. Now, however, he might have moved back into second-round consideration for the 2014 NFL Draft after falling down into the third-round range with all that weight.

Lache Seastrunk, RB (5-9 1/8, 199) — Seastrunk ran the 40 in 4.37 and 4.48 seconds. He had a 4.36-second short shuttle time and a 6.81-second three-cone drill time. In Baylor’s offense, the running backs don’t catch many passes. Still, he looked very good catching passes at the pro day and displayed good quickness, both traits are important for success for running backs in the NFL.

Ahmad Dixon, SS (5-11 5/8, 213) — Dixon ran the 40 in 4.48 and 4.50 seconds. He had a 34-inch vertical jump and 9-foot-3 broad jump. He had a short shuttle time of 4.39 seconds and a three-cone time of 7.28 seconds. Dixon had a better positional workout at the pro day than he did at the NFL Scouting Combine. He does a good job of finding the ball and catching it.

Demetri Goodson, CB (5-11, 197) — Goodson ran the 40 in 4.56 and 4.53 seconds. He had a 37-inch vertical jump. His arms were measured at 31 1/4 inches. Goodson also had a good positional workout, displaying good quickness and backpedal.

Jordan Najvar, TE (6-5 7/8, 280) — Najvar ran the 40 in 4.90 and 4.86 seconds. He did the short shuttle in 4.66 seconds and had 22 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. Najvar, who is a transfer from Stanford, has 10-inch hands. He did a good job catching the ball, but there is a bit of a concern about his speed at the next level.

Tevin Reese, WR (5-10, 172) — Reese ran the 40 in 4.44 and 4.43 seconds. He has 8 1/2-inch hands. Reese is very fast, and could be a priority free-agent pickup following the draft.

Baylor coach Art Briles and his staff are very hospitable, and make the school a great visit for the scouts. The NFL personnel on hand for the pro day were treated with a big breakfast in the morning.

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