Pro Day: Castleman, Furman Impress Scouts

There are no complete results from Pro Day, but we were able to get our hands on some of the results. They show that Oklahoma State "star" linebacker and former Michigan safety Josh Furman had some big numbers. After the Pro Day was over the last two players left talking one-on-one with scouts from the 27 NFL teams that were represented were Furman and defensive tackle James Castleman.

Furman; who started 12 of 13 games last season, finished with 64 total tackles, 14 tackles for loss, seven sacks, and a pick to help seal the win at Kansas. He measured 6-1.2 and 210 pounds. He had 18 on the 225-pound bench press rep test and a vertical leap of 38.5 inches. His forty was outstanding with a best clocking of 4.47 seconds.

Castleman didn't have as fast a 40 as expected but he was solid in the bench press with 25 reps and a 28-inch vertical jump. He really excelled in the agility drills and the defensive line drills that he, fellow defensive tackle Ofa Hautau and defensive end Sam Wren were put through. Castleman measured 6-2.4 and 299 pounds.

"(Scouts) are excited to see my athletic ability," Castleman said. "A lot of people don’t understand that I can do things that people my size (typically) can’t. I like to be the underdog and show them that I can do that.

“My goal since I was young was just to make it to the NFL," Castleman continued. "Whether I’m (ranked) 20th or first or 100-and-whatever, as long as I get my foot in the door and get a chance to show what I can do – or get a chance a say that I made it for, heck, a month – I don’t care. That’s just my goal now – to say that I made it."

He has a good chance.

Hautau could as well. While not rated as high in NFL Draft sites as Castleman, he is considered a good prospect by several teams including, we hear, the Dallas Cowboys, who were represented. Hautau measured 6-1, 294 pounds. He ran a 5.19 in the forty, had 28 reps on the bench test, and a 30.5-inch vertical leap.

"I feel good about it," Hautau said. "I did good on my bench and I did good on my forty and it's a waiting game now. I really want the phone to ring."

An unsung candidate for the NFL is fullback, special teams standout and former walk-on Teddy Johnson. He scored a touchdown this season on his first career carry and he had six special teams tackles.

Today he measured 5-11.2 and 230 pounds. He ran a 4.77 in the forty, had 27 reps on the bench test, and a vertical jump of 34 inches. Johnson is a guy that needs to make friends with the special teams coordinator and he could find himself in the NFL.

"I've been coming to watch these things for years," Johnson said. "It fun to actually be a part of it now. I think I had pretty impressive numbers both out here and in the weight room and I can't wait to see what they post. I think it would be pretty exciting to be invited to a camp."

There were 12 Cowboys that worked out for the scouts and two teams sent a position coach. Tulsa offensive lineman Davis Walton was also included in the workout.

Some of the players, like offensive tackle Daniel Koenig, only did a few things. Koenig measured and did the bench press. Punter Kip Smith measured and then punted in front of interested scouts.

Running back Desmond Roland measured 6-1.7 and 203 pounds. He ran a 4.65 in the forty with a 31-inch vertical and 11 reps on the bench press test.

Offensive lineman Chris Grisbhy is getting NFL interest and was before the Pro Day. Grisbhy measured 6-4 and 352 pounds. He ran a 5.45 in the forty with 25 reps on the bench press test.

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