March 8, 2017

March 8: Every team was represented at this morning’s pro day workout at Oklahoma where RB Joe Mixon and WR DeDe Westbrook posted very good 40 times, although the rest of the latter’s day wasn’t much to write home about. Mixon, who wasn’t invited to the combine because of an off-field domestic assault a couple of years back, measured in a full-sized 6-1, 228 and was credited with a final, adjusted 40 time somewhere between 4.47 and 4.50 seconds. That puts him squarely in the same ballpark as what Leonard Fournette and Dalvon Cook, this year’s top prospects at the position, posted at the combine, as well as that of Zeke Elliott at last year’s event. Mixon also posted a 35″ vertical, 21 reps in the BP, and shuttle times of 4.25 in the (short shuttle) and 7.00 in the 3-cone drill, all of which would have been middle of the pack for the position at the combine. For the record, Mixon also reportedly caught the ball well in positional drills. Of note, while every team had a rep at the OU pro day, Minnesota, which is looking for a replacement for Adrian Peterson was the only team that brought a senior delegation. Indeed, the Vikes sent G.M. Rick Spielman, head coach Mike Zimmer as well as the team’s RB coach.

Meanwhile, WR Westbrook, who didn’t run at the combine by choice, ran even faster than Mixon as he posted a 40 very much in the low 4.4 range. However, there wasn’t much to get too excited about the rest of Westbrooks’ day. He measured in at a rail-thin 6-0, 174, barely managed 8 reps in the BP, had a 34.5″ vertical, and agility test times of 4.34 in the short shuttle and 7.24 seconds in the 3-cone, each of which would have either at, or near, the bottom of the rankings for the position at the combine.

On the other hand, LB Jordan Evans had a very nice day. He measured in at 6-3, 232 and ran the 40 in something in the 4.6 area. Evans also had a very athletic (for a LB) 38.5″ vertical, 19 reps in the BP, along with competitive agility times of 4.28 in the short shuttle and 7.03 in the 3-cone. Meanwhile, neither of WR Geno Lewis (4.65) nor SS Ahmad Thomas (4.75) ran well enough to do much to improve their already fringe draft grades.