Shortly after the season ended, junior quarterback Xavier Lee announced he would not return for his senior season. Lee was not invited to the combine and has been training hard for FSU's in hopes to catch the eye of some NFL teams.
Lee ran the 40 yard dash twice and failed to impress as he was unofficially time at running a 4.8 both times. Lee's next test was that of the vertical jump where he was recorded at leaping 33 ½ inches. Lee did not participate in the bench press. His final drill of the day was the skills exhibition. His first few throws were too high for any of the receivers to catch but settled down to make a few nice throws throughout the drill. Overall Lee did not have the performance that he was most likely hoping for. However, after his workout, scouts from the Chicago Bears and the Washington Redskins did pull him aside to speak with him.
Another big name participating in todays Pro Day was linebacker Geno Hayes. While running the 40 yard dash, Hayes matched his time from the NFL combine by running an unofficial 4.6. In the vertical jump, Hayes was recorded with his best leap being of 31 ½ inches. He also elected not to participate in the bench since he did it just a few weeks ago in the NFL combine. During linebacker drills, Hayes looked pretty good for the most part. He showed that his hands still need a little work by bobbling several balls, but only dropped one. He looked very agile and moved well. For the most part, Hayes had a decent day. I don't believe he hurt nor helped his draft stock in today's workout.
Scouts looking for players on the defensive line saw two players in today's action that are both expected to be drafted. Letroy Guion and Andre Fluellen both participated and hope that today helped their stock rise. Both players decided not to participate in the bench press and also use the reps from the NFL combine to represent their strength. Guion and Fluellen both decided to participate in the vertical jump and recorded scores of 30 inches and 28 inches respectively. "I was pretty pleased with the talent I showed today. I feel like I came out and gave it my all, so I'm just gonna wait it out now and see what happens." Guion said.
Both players looked pretty good during the position drills. Guion did slip up a few times but still had a decent showing. Fluellen feels he had a good day today and decided to focus mainly on the position drills. "I really wanted to ace the position drills more than anything. Anyone can run, if you can jump then you can jump, but position drills is what really shows your actual football skills better than anything." Fluellen said.
The surprise of the combine may have been senior wide receiver Joslin Shaw. "I just wanted to go out there and perform." Said Shaw, and he did just that. "(Shaw) came out and ran on 4.5 flat on natural grass with tough wind conditions." Coach Stroud said of the receiver. "He really helped himself out today." In addition to a 4.5 in the 40 yard dash, Shaw recorded the highest score in the vertical jump test by jumping 38 inches. In the bench press, Shaw recorded 18 reps of 225 pounds. During the position skills, Shaw ran solid routes and I didn't see him drop any catchable balls.
Overall it was a solid Pro Day for Florida State players. They will now sit back and wait for the NFL draft and see what their futures hold.
Other notes from Florida States Pro Day:
-De'Cody Fagg was there on crutches with a brace on his leg and a tapped ankle.
-Antonio Cromartie was there as well.
-FAMU also had a few select players participating at the Pro Day. Most of them just ran the 40 yard dash.
Unofficial scores from Pro Day:
Bench Reps (of 225 pounds):
Roger Williams – 15
Alex Boston – 22
Jacky Claude – 23
Anthony Houllis – 26
Shannon Boatman – 31"
Alex Boston – 33 ½"
Jacky Claude – 22 ½"
Andre Fluellen – 28"
Anthony Houllis – 33"
Roger Williams – 33 ½"
Anthony Kelly – 25 ½"
*Photos by Cam Mellor