NOTEPAD: Tidbits from LSU's Pro Day

Here are some news, notes and tidbits from LSU's Pro Day held Wednesday afternoon at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility on the LSU campus.

- Over 100 representatives from the NFL were on hand to watch the workouts, a record for LSU. LSU coach Les Miles, a former NFL assistant, said he had never seen that much NFL personnel at one on-campus workout.

 

- Four head coaches were on campus including New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton, Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin, Minnesota coach Brad Childress and Oakland coach Lane Kiffin.

 

- Two NFL coordinators were noticed including Saints defensive coordinator Gary Gibbs and Tennessee offensive coordinator Norm Chow.

 

- Also seen was former LSU running back and ex-interim Cleveland Browns head coach Terry Robiskie.

 

- As for the event participants, several LSU players took part in the workouts including JaMarcus Russell, Craig Davis, Terrell Clayton, Sammy Joseph, Keron Gordon, Justin Vincent, LaRon Landry, Jesse Daniels, Jason Spadoni, Daniels Francis, Ryan Gaudet, Chris Jackson, Ryan Willis, Brian Johnson, Peter Dyakowski, Paris Hodges, Dwayne Bowe, Doug Planchard, Chase Pittman, Kenny Hollis and Mario Stevenson.

 

- From talking to various scouts, LSU is projected to have possibly four, first round draft picks including JaMarcus Russell, LaRon Landry, Dwayne Bowe and Craig Davis.

 

- The participants participated in a number of drills including running the 40-yard dash, bench press (225-pounds), 20-yard shuttle run, 3-cone drill, broad jump and vertical jump.

 

- The first thing players did was weigh in. JaMarcus Russell was noticeably lighter having dropped nine pounds since the NFL Combine two weeks ago. Russell weighed in at 256, down from 265 at the Combine. Landry weighed in at 212, Bowe 218 and Davis 202.

 

- Sammy Joseph posted the best broad jump with a mark of 10-9. Daniel Francis and LaRon Landry each jumped 10-6.

 

- Landry posted the best vertical jump at a freakish 38 inches. Bowe was close behind with a 37.5 leap and Davis logged a 36.5.

 

- Moving on to the 40-yard dash, Dwayne Bowe was the biggest winner of the day clocking a 4.40 in the 40. Craig Davis lowered his time to a 4.41. Landry elected not to run again having posted a 4.34 at the NFL Combine.

 

- JaMarcus Russell, who did not participate in the bench press, shuttle, cone drills, broad or vertical jump, did post an impressive 4.83, 40-yard dash time.

 

- In the weight room, offensive lineman Brian Johnson looked the best on the bench press. Johnson pressed 225 pounds 26 times.

 

- Chase Pittman equaled Johnson's 26 reps, but was penalized three times for not "locking out" the lift. He was credited with 23.

 

- LaRon Landry also had problems on the bench press. While he bench pressed the required 225 pounds 20 times, he was credited with just five reps after he failed to lock out 15 others.

 

- Landry also had problems on the 3-cone drill. He was called out for bad footwork and even stepped outside one of the cones. But after some instruction, Landry posted the second-best 3-cone drill time of 7.11. Sammy Joseph's 7.03 was the best of the workout.

 

- As the drill portion concluded, everyone cleared the field to allow JaMarcus Russell to put on what ESPN's Todd McShay called the best workout he'd seen in 10 years.

 

- Working with Bowe, Davis and Justin Vincent, Russell threw a variety of passes, both short and mid-range for 10 or so minutes. He never missed the mark once. Russell's out-routes were more sharp and crisp than they ever were as an LSU Tigers. The scouts sat quietly stunned as he nailed pass after pass.

 

- Eventually, Russell was allowed to stretch the field. He threw only four deep balls, the third covering 70 yards in the air on a reception by Davis. His last ball was thrown just out of Bowe's reach, almost 80 yards downfield.

 

- Afterwards, Russell said he planned to be in New York on Draft Day with his family. Craig Davis said he didn't care where he was drafted. He said he would like to go in the first round and would love to play for his hometown New Orleans Saints.

 

- Dwayne Bowe, who entertained everyone most of the day with light-hearted humor, said he planned to watch the draft at home in Baton Rouge. He added he didn't expect to wait more than an hour or so to hear his name called.

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