More than 150 personnel representing NFL teams — including five head coaches (Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints, Mike Zimmer of the Minnesota Vikings, Rex Ryan of the New York Jets, Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chip Kelly of the Philadelphia Eagles), as well as offensive line coaches from the Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints and San Diego Chargers — were present to see 17 athletes work out at LSU’s pro day on Wednesday.
The workout was held indoors and run on FieldTurf.
Quarterback Zach Mettenberger (6-foot-4 1/2, 229 pounds) is less than five months removed from knee surgery (following a left ACL tear in the Tigers’ regular-season finale), and was unable to go through the runs and jumps. He did, however, throw the ball. LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron orchestrated the entire part of the offensive portion of the pro day.
Odell Beckham, WR (5-11, 195 pounds) — Beckham stood on his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine (he was a top performer in his position group in both the 20-yard and 60-yard shuttles). He was sensational in catching passes and punts in the on-field workout (Beckham was a first-team All-SEC selection as an all-purpose player, third-team All-American pick as an all-purpose player and earned the Paul Hornung Award as a result).
Jarvis Landry, WR (5-11 5/8, 196) — Landry — who was at the combine — ran the 40-yard dash in 4.63 and 4.60 seconds. He had a 30 1/2-inch vertical jump and 9-foot-5 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.59 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.59 seconds.
Trai Turner, G (6-2 3/8, 306) — Turner stood on his 40 time from the combine (he was a top performer in his position group in the event). Turner had a short shuttle time of 4.77 seconds and a three-cone drill time of 8.10 seconds. He had an 8-foot-6 broad jump.
Ego Ferguson, DT (6-2 7/8, 302) — Ferguson ran the 40 in 5.16 and 5.13 seconds. He had a 29 1/2-inch vertical jump and an 8-foot-3 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 5.03 seconds and the three-cone drill in 8.00 seconds. He worked out really good in the positional drills.
Lamin Barrow, LB (6-1 3/4, 237) — Barrow ran the short shuttle in 4.31 seconds and opted to stand on the rest of his numbers from the combine (he was a top performer in his position group in the 40 and broad jump). Barrow was worked out by a linebackers coach from the New Orleans Saints and was described as being a very good athlete.
Anthony Johnson, DT (6-2 1/8, 311) — Johnson stood on his numbers from the combine and went through a position drill conducted by five defensive line coaches from the NFL. He was described as looking good moving around.
Alfred Blue, RB (6-2 1/4, 221) — Blue ran the 40 in 4.72 seconds on both attempts. He had a 32-inch vertical jump, and then stood on the rest of his numbers from the combine. Blue is described as a very good receiver coming out of the backfield.
J.C. Copeland, FB (5-11 3/4, 268) — Copeland ran the 40 in 4.97 and 4.94 seconds, and then stood on the rest of his numbers from the combine (he was a top performer in his position group on the bench press). Copeland is a former offensive tackle who was moved to fullback. He showed very soft hands catching the ball out of the backfield during the pro-day workout.
Jeremy Hill, RB (6-0 3/4, 234) — Hill ran the 40 in 4.53 seconds on both attempts. He had a 31-inch vertical jump and did the short shuttle in 4.59 seconds. He is described as being a smart player with an ability to play all downs. He is another LSU running back who also has soft hands catching the ball. At LSU’s pro day, he worked out as both a running back and flanked out wide with the ball being thrown to him as if he were a wide receiver. This is a player who has a chance to be the first running back selected in the draft.
Craig Loston, SS (6-0 1/2, 213) — Loston had a 32-inch vertical jump and then stood on the rest of his numbers from the combine. He had a very good day working out. The most notable thing about Loston between the Senior Bowl and LSU’s pro day was that he cut his hair. He looked sharp and quicker with his hair cut. Loston likely improved his draft position, and probably has a chance to get picked sometime between the bottom half of the second round to the early portion of the third round.