Tailback Toney Baker didn't get invited to the NFL Combine, and he joked afterwards that he was upset for just a few minutes, but he performed extremely well today. Measuring in at 5'9.4 and 234 pounds, Baker unofficially posted times of 4.51 seconds and 4.53 seconds in the 40-yard dash. NC State conducts its 40-yard dashes on grass in cleats, which makes Baker's time, at his size, even more impressive as the combine is held on a turf surface.
Baker also recorded a 37-inch vertical jump and bench pressed 225 pounds 27 times. He actually posted 32 reps but five were tabbed "no-locks" by the scout conducting the workout.
As expected, Baker showed very good hands catching the ball out of the backfield and reportedly impressed with his footwork and agility.
Baker is being represented by agent Dana Kaufman of XL Sports which is based out of Miami. Other clients of XL Sports include recent Wolfpackers LeRoy Burgess and Jamelle Eugene and also current NFL stars Junior Seau, Lance Briggs, and Tony Gonzalez.
After today's workouts, Baker stated that he believes he impressed the scouts and thinks he has a lot to offer a NFL team.
"I feel like I ran great today, so I think most of the questions were answered," Said Baker. "I wanted to put down some good numbers and show that I'm a football player. I can catch, I can run, and I'm explosive... a team that's looking for a big back, with balance, and can run in-and-out, I'm that guy."
Baker has a workout with Tennessee lined up and anticipates more workouts in the near future. He has been training at the Disney facilities in Orlando, Florida with training coach Tom Shaw.
On draft day, Baker will be watching the draft back in Jamestown, North Carolina with his family. He stated that after making his decision to enter the draft he has never looked back despite his strong feelings for NC State.
"Once I made the decision, that was my goal... to get drafted and play in the league," he said. "That's behind me now. I love this university with all my heart. I gave everything I've had to this university, and I'm proud to be an alumni."
Pack Pride will have more details on Baker in the near future.
Several NFL scouts were in attendance. Some of the teams represented included St. Louis, New York (Jets), San Diego, Carolina, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Arizona, Atlanta, New York (Giants), Baltimore, Oakland, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, New England, Miami, Dallas, Chicago, Houston, Cleveland, Buffalo, Green Bay, Tampa Bay, Cincinnati.
Former NC State players Alvis Whitted, Shelden Kee, Terrence Holt, Freddie Aughtry-Lindsay, and Dantonio Burnette were on hand for the Pro Day.
Several of the Wolfpack's coaching staff was in attendance. Tight ends coach Jim Bridge, tailbacks coach Jason Swepson, defensive coordinator Mike Archer, offensive line coach Don Horton, linebackers coach Jon Tenuta, and defensive backs coach Mike Reed were out supporting the players they've coached.
A lot of the current team surrounded the field showing their support. Wide receivers Jarvis Williams and Owen Spencer showed up to watch Evan Dooley and Koyal George who were both working out at wide receiver.
Other players watching the workouts included: Mike Glennon, Jake Vermiglio, Zach Allen, Rashard Smith, Wayne Crawford, and Morgan Alexander.
Harris stated he hadn't played football since middle school, but had always wanted to see how he'd do on the gridiron. When asked if Duke's Greg Paulus gave him inspiration for making the move, Harris quickly stated otherwise. "I've never had a Dookie inspire me," he joked.
Tailback Jamelle Eugene had a hamstring injury as well.
Other athletes from surrounding smaller colleges were also on hand in hopes of being taken in the 2010 NFL Draft, but the majority of the players working out were NC State seniors.
The players began workouts in the Murphy Center and after taking measurements they did reps on the bench (225 pounds) and the vertical jump. Then headed out to the practice fields around noon to do the 40-yard dash, cone drills, and position workouts.
The 40-yard dash was conducted on the grass practice fields with the players running in cleats. Each NFL team kept their own results so all times listed below are unofficial.
NOTE: Unofficial results are listed below.