He put in a lot of hard work training for Auburn's NFL Pro Day and on Monday he turned heads with a strong all-around performance while testing at AU's football complex.
Checking in at a well-cut 6-3 1/2, 266 pounds, the 2006 Auburn senior admits he "showed out" rather nicely in the drills and physical tests the pro scouts put him and other Auburn 2006 seniors through.
"You only get one shot at this so I just decided to give it all I have because I will never get a chance to do this again," Gunn tells Inside the Auburn Tigers.
The defensive end says he noticed that the pro scouts were carefully watching what he did the rest of the day after he got off to a good start in the 40-yard dash. He was hand-timed in the 4.7s on some watches and others had him running faster than that. "The best time I heard was 4.66 so I am very pleased with that," he says.
The defensive end notes that he was particularly pleased with how he ran the NFL short shuttle drill. "I ran a 4.4 in that one, which is really good time," he says.
Marquies Gunn was one of 16 Tigers and one former Tiger (Montae Pitts), who worked out for the pro scouts on Monday.
A four-year contributor for the Tigers, Gunn has been training with Chip Smith at Competitive Edge Sports in the Atlanta area since the Tigers wrapped up their season with a Cotton Bowl victory over Nebraska.
"He (Smith) has a real good program there at CES and all of the techniques they showed us and the work that we did came out today," Gunn says.
Even though Gunn was really pleased with how he tested, he notes it wasn't perfect. "The only thing that I am disappointed with is my vert (vertical jump)," he says. "I have been working hard on that and I expected to do 34 inches and I only jumped 32 today."
Gunn had the second most reps of 225 pounds on the bench press with 26. Only Ben Grubbs, who did 35, had more than the defensive end. "I was shooting for 30, but 26 is fine," Gunn says.
The former Benjamin Russell High star from Alex City got a chance to visit with several pro scouts on Monday. "I talked to the Jaguars and the Giants and things are looking pretty good," Gunn says. "I just hope when the draft comes up one of the teams calls my name. I am just going to continue to work out, stay in shape and be ready to play football."