Duckworth Upbeat About Pro Day Improvements

Former Auburn offensive lineman talks about why he is happy about his latest workout in front of NFL scouts.

Auburn, Ala.--Offensive guard Tim Duckworth left Auburn's NFL Pro Day more pleased about the way he tested than he did when he left the NFL Combine in Indianapolis earlier this year.

"Almost everything was better," Duckworth tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I improved on all of my agility stuff compared to the combine and I did a whole lot better on my pass sets and everything."

Duckworth, who played right guard in college, says the pro scouts had him do his drills as a left guard at Auburn's NFL Pro Day to see how he performed in a position he was less comfortable playing. "I went out of a left-handed stance because they switched us around and I actually did a whole lot better than I thought I would," he says.

The former Tiger says he was surprised by the length and the intensity of the workouts the pro scouts put him and fellow linemen Ben Grubbs and Jonathan Palmer through. "They tried to kill us, but we are from Auburn so that doesn't bother us because we came here to work hard," Duckworth says with a smile.

The lineman says he has been training hard since the combine and it showed. He ran his 40-yard dash in times of 5.32 and 5.34, slightly better than his 5.42 in Indianapolis. He improved his standing broad jump from seven feet, 10 inches to eight feet, 4 1/2 inches.

The lineman had 19 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press, one less than at the combine, and went 24 inches on the vertical jump, one less than at the combine, but everything else was better, Duckworth says.

"I am excited about what happening and I like my opportunity," he adds. "I am going to continue to train and get ready for the draft. If any teams want to meet with me again I am ready and willing."

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