March 9, 2012
STILLWATER, Okla. - Oklahoma State hosted its annual football Pro Day in Boone Pickens Stadium on Friday in front of 62 representatives from all 32 NFL teams.
The day started in the weight room with players being measured and then tested in the vertical jump, the broad jump and the bench press. The action moved outside to include the 40-yard dash, the 20-yard shuttle run, the three cone drill and position work. Weather conditions were clear and comfortable.
The biggest storyline going into the day revolved around wide receiver Justin Blackmon and the 40-yard dash, since the two-time Biletnikoff Award winner as America's best collegiate receiver did not run the 40 at the NFL Combine. Blackmon proved his speed by running a 4.46, which was the fastest time turned in by any of the 16 Cowboys who participated in Friday's action.
"That was around the area I wanted. I felt good today. I ran well and overall, I thought I did a pretty good job," Blackmon said. "I was trying to shoot for a 4.45. That was kind of in my head. Anywhere between there and a 4.5 would be good, and I just tried to shoot for that."
Blackmon's quarterback Brandon Weeden - also a central figure in Pro Day - said he was impressed by Blackmon's run.
"I think it's great for him. Obviously, he's going to be a high round pick, he's going to make one team really happy, he's going to make a lot of players in that locker room really happy because he's a guy that can change a game," Weeden said. "I'm extremely happy for him. I think he did everything he could to put himself in a good position."
Weeden was also strong at Pro Day, running the 40 yard dash in 4.87 and his 4.45 in the 20-yard shuttle was the fastest among non-receivers or cornerbacks. With every NFL representative watching him, Weeden looked sharp in his position work, completing pass after pass to the combination of Blackmon, Josh Cooper, Colton Chelf and Jarrod Fields.
"I don't think (the scouts) expected me to run the way I did," Weeden said. "I think I've thrown the ball well. I think with all the games on tape, the Senior Bowl, the Combine and this, I think teams will hopefully recognize my ability to throw the football. It will all work out. It's a long process, but it's a fun one, and we have six weeks left until the day everybody is looking forward for."
Highlighted 225-pound bench-press marks came from Nick Martinez (32 reps) and Richetti Jones (30 reps). Of the 14 Cowboys who participated in the vertical jump, 10 cleared the 30-inch mark, led by cornerback Jarrod Fields' 39-inch leap and Hubert Anyiam's 36 ½-inch performance. In addition to being the fastest Cowboy in the 40-yard dash, Blackmon's 10'3" leap in the broad jump was also the best of the day, followed closely by Fields' 10'2".
Defensive end Jamie Blatnick ran a 4.90 at the NFL Combine, but improved on that time by clocking a 4.76 Friday.
"I felt I did well. I came out here and improved on some things I wanted to improve on, and just really had fun," Blatnick said. "This is kind of my last hurrah with all these guys, so I just wanted to come out here, have fun and compete a little bit."
Blackmon echoed a similar sentiment about sharing the Boone Pickens Stadium turf with his former teammates one last time.
"It's bittersweet," Blackmon said. "I'm happy to see what's in store for the future, but Oklahoma State was a great place to play and I enjoyed my four years here."
The NFL Draft is April 26-28.