Tigers Try to Impress Scouts at AU Pro Day

A report on Auburn's NFL pro day features comments from players and test results from the event on the AU campus.

Auburn, Ala.--Scouts from 23 National Football League teams got to see once again that running back Onterio McCalebb is really fast, tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen has excellent hands and the same is true of a pair of wide receivers who were not invited to the NFL Combine, Emory Blake and Travante Stallworth.

Fourteen former players participated in Auburn's annual NFL Pro Day on Tuesday at the indoor practice facility.

As expected, McCalebb was the fastest participant, running a pair of exceptional 40-yard dash times. Inside the Auburn Tigers timed him at 4.33 seconds. One scout had McCalebb's fastest clocking at a sizzling (hand-timed) 4.29. His official time at the NFL Combine was 4.34, where he measured five feet, 10 inches tall and weighed 168 pounds.

McCalebb also showed good strength in the bench press test, doing 10 reps of 220 pounds.

Commenting on McCalebb, Auburn head football coach Gus Malzahn said, "Onterio can flat-out run. I think he proved that. Of course, you have seen that over the years. He carries his pads extremely well. He loves playing the game. He loves practicing and he is a tough guy--that will definitely help him."

Malzahn added, "He is a physical guy and he is fearless. That will go a long way."

Commenting on Lutzenkirchen, whose senior season was cut short by injury, Malzahn said, "Lutz is a great competitor. Watching these guys--Emory Blake, Lutz, McCalebb and that group--time flies. It just seems the other day they were freshmen. I am very proud of those guys.

"Obviously, he is not 100 percent, but Lutz is a competitor and he wants to go out and compete," Malzahn added. "Like I have said before, he will be very successful."

Gus Malzahn talks with former NFL quarterback Jeff Blake (right), who threw passes at the pro day along with Auburn wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig. Blake's son, Emory, was Auburn's leading receiver in 2012.

McCalebb, who performed very well at the NFL Combine, said he enjoyed the Auburn pro day. "It is always a blessing to come out here and compete and show what I can do, and that is what I did today," he said. "They (the pro scouts) asked me what drills I was going to do and I said I was going to do everything.

"I said it was going to be my last time here at Auburn out on the field showing people what I could do so it was a blessing to come out here today and do what I could do," he said. "I feel like I did well...I think my speed is going to get me to the next level and my ability to play ball. I just love playing ball."

Well aware his lack of size is a concern to pro scouts, McCalebb said, "I have tried to put weight on, but it is all about heart. I played in the SEC for four years and I missed two games when I was a freshman and played every other game after that. I guess that right there shows I have toughness."

Onterio McCalebb runs the 40-yard dash on Tuesday.

Lutzenkirchen said it was "pretty cool" to be able to catch passes from former NFL star quarterback Jeff Blake. "A couple of times he told me good catch," Lutzenkirchen said, noting that the retired QB threw some of the best passes he has seen. "He can wing it. Emory kept telling me he could still throw pretty well. I think he could still play right now if he wanted to. I used to have a Jeff Blake Cincinnati Bengals bobblehead. It was pretty cool to catch from him."

Lutzenkirchen admitted he still doesn't have all of his speed and quickness back as he continues his rehab from surgery. "I am never going to be that fast, but I think I was moving around alright today," he said.

The tight end said that he is probably 75 to 80 percent of full speed, but he expects to be completely recovered this summer. "There are combine guys who are going to excel at the combine and then there are tape guys, and I think I am definitely one of those tape guys."

Lutzenkirchen said he was able to move better laterally than he did at the NFL Combine and jumped better. He said he also did better in his 40-time although with clockings in the 4.9s he is still well off his personal best of 4.70. "I think if I was healthier I could run somewhere around there," he said.

Stallworth, who bounced back from a serious knee injury early in his Auburn career, was pumped up about his pro day performance. "It was great," he said. "Today is my birthday so I was kind of anxious to come out and show what I could do on a special day of mine. I think it did pretty good overall."

He noted that he liked his vertical jump, bench press, broad jump and 40-yard dash numbers. Commenting on his 40-yard dash, he said, "A 4.48 or 4.49 is a good time for me. I just had to show them that I still have my speed even though I tore my ACL a few years back."

Travante Stallworth is shown at pro day.

Without an invitation to the combine and without big numbers as an Auburn receiver, pro day was important to Stallworth. "You just have to put all your eggs in one basket and train hard," he said. "I have been working hard since about the end of December just trying to get ready for this day. All the work has paid off."

A.J. Greene, who was a senior on the 2011 team, decided to focus on music instead of football, but after being away from the game he noted that he missed it. "I decided my time wasn't up with football," he said, explaining why he decided to work out on pro day.

"I have been grinding with Coach Russell (Ryan Russell) getting ready for this day and I think I did pretty well," said the offensive lineman, who had the most reps on the bench press with 25 at 220 pounds.

Defensive end Corey Lemonier did not test for the pro scouts, going with his NFL?Combine results. Chandler Brooks only did drills kicking drills at the event.

The following are test results from Auburn's pro day:

40-yard dash:

Onterio McCalebb 4.33
Philip Pierre-Louis 4.43
Travante Stallworth 4.49
DeAngelo Benton 4.53
Daren Bates 4.58
Emory Blake 4.60
T'Sharvan Bell 4.61
Nate Taylor 4.63
Jonathan Evans 4.69
Philip Lutzenkirchen 4.92
A.J. Greene 5.24, 5.36
John Sullen 5.83

Vertical Jump:

Nate Taylor 37 1/2 inches
Onterio McCalebb 37
Emory Blake 36 1/2
Travante Stallworth 35 1/2
Daren Bates 33
T'Sharvan Bell 32
Philip Lutzenkirchen 32
Philip Pierre-Louis 31 1/2
DeAngelo Benton 30 1/2
Jonathan Evans 30
John Sullen 26 1/2

20-Yard Shuttle:

T'Sharvan Bell 4.10 seconds
Nate Taylor 4.17
Onterio McCalebb 4.23
Emory Blake 4.24
Philip Lutzenkirchen 4.27
Travante Stallworth 4.33
DeAngelo Benton 4.41
Philip Pierre-Louis 4.41
Jonathan Evans 4.43
Daren Bates 4.68
A.J. Greene 4.83

60-Yard Shuttle:

Onterio McCalebb 11.17 seconds
Nate Taylor 11.19
Emory Blake 11.33
T'Sharvan Bell 11.40
Philip Pierre-Louis 11.57
Daren Bates 11.83
DeAngelo Benton 11.84
Jonathan Evans 11.96
Philip Lutzenkirchen 12.02
Travante Stallworth 12.03

3-Cone Drill:

Travante Stallworth 6.90 seconds
Onterio McCalebb 6.92
T'Sharvan Bell 6.93
Emory Blake 6.96
DeAngelo Benton 7.06
Nate Taylor 7.09
Daren Bates 7.12
Philip Lutzenkirchen 7.12
Philip Pierre-Louis 7.20
Jonathan Evans 7.29
A.J. Greene 7.82
John Sullen 8.21

Bench Press (Reps at 220 pounds):

A.J. Greene 25
Daren Bates 15
Jonathan Evans 14
Travante Stallworth 13
Onterio McCalebb 10
Nate Taylor 8
T'Sharvan Bell 7
DeAngelo Benton 7
Philip Pierre-Louis 7
John Sullen 3

Standing Broad Jump:

Nate Taylor 10 feet, three inches
Onterio McCalebb 10-1
DeAngelo Benton 10-1
Emory Blake 10-0
Daren Bates 9-9
Travante Stallworth 9-9
T'Sharvan Bell 9-8
Philip Lutzenkirchen 9-4
Philip Pierre-Louis 9-2
Jonathan Evans 9-1
A.J. Greene 8-7
John Sullen 7-9

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