March 14, 2018

The big story at the Oklahoma pro day, of course, was Baker Mayfield’s scripted workout in front of a big crowd of pro personnel people including G.M.s John Elway of Denver and the Jets’ Mike Maccagnan. Mayfield went through a 70-pass scripted workout that according to early returns did nothing to hurt his chances. Mayfield, of course, wasn’t the only sooner working out. Massive OT Orlando Brown, for example, who had a disastrous combine which included a sundial like 5.85 40-clocking and a weak 14 reps in the bench press, went through all the physical tests again at the pro day which is unusual as most combine participants stand on their numbers from Indianapolis. Brown did record some improvements as he upped his BP tally to 18 while he ran the 40 in an unofficial 5.63 seconds. While those ‘improvements’ produced some gushing by national media types, they still aren’t very good. At the same time, though, we are hearing from sources around the league that while Brown doesn’t test well, many teams do not feel the game tapes lie and he was a good player on the field who still figures to be an early second-day pick in April. CB Jordan Thomas also ran better at the OU pro day (4.55) than the combine (4.64). Among former Sooners who were not at the combine, WR Jeff Badet had a phenomenal workout, The 5-11, 182-pounder ran an unofficial 40 of under 4.3 seconds (4.27) which if verified would have been the fastest time in Indianapolis this year.  Badet also had very good jumps of 39.5″ in the vertical and 10-11 in the long jump, while he managed 16 reps in the BP. However, Badet’s times in the agility drills were much closer to the average for the position. Still that’s enough to send a lot of teams back to the tape room to try and figure out why that athleticism didn’t translate into more productivity on the field as Badet was only 5th on the team with 26 catches this year. Meanwhile, SS Stephen Parker also had a decent day as he ran the 40 in 4.55 seconds, had a 36.5″ vertical, a 10-6 BJ, as well as a very good 3-cone time for safety, although his BP in which he only managed 9 reps was decidedly subpar. Widebody DT Du’vonta Lampkin also had people scurrying back to the tapes after the 335-pounder hoisted 31 reps in the BP before running in the 5.1 range in the 40. MLB Emmanuel Beal, who led the Sooners in tackles this fall also impressed as he ran the 40 in a very quick 4.45, but also managed only 12 reps in the BP and wasn’t that quick in the agility drills. DE D.J. Ward may have also earned himself a free agent tryout with a 4.73 40 clocking, while DB Will Johnson had an unofficial 4.62 clocking.