New head coach Mike Gundy asked the scouts to be patient with him and wait on times from the seniors for next season. Gundy's concern was with one of his players pulling a hamstring or suffering some other injury trying to impress the NFL scouts on the day before his first spring practice begins. The current squad did not test in the weight room this week and did not run 40-yard dashes for time at all. That will all be handled after spring practice concludes.
The list of outgoing seniors that worked out was also slim. Darrent Williams was a no-show. But a week ago he made a strong impression at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis with a 4.29 clocking in the 40. Williams measured at 5'8" which will likely cause NFL teams to look at him first and foremost as a return specialist who may also play corner.
Williams wasn't the only no show. He and offensive lineman Sam Mayes, who broke his fibula in the Gridiron Classic All-Star Game in January, will have a special workout together later this month in Stillwater for the interested scouts.
Punter Cole Farden and tight end Billy Bajema, who both impressed at the combine, were in Stillwater but did not work out. Farden caught snaps from Jacob Dressen, who is trying to catch on as a deep snapper. Dressen is consistent in location and has speed in the .75-second range - that could be good enough to get a look.
Bajema ran the third best time of any tight end at the NFL Combine with a 4.73 in the 40. He was there Frday to just talk with scouts.
The players working out included cornerback Robert Jones, safety Jon Holland, former safety Fath' Carter, and former safety Elbert Craig.
Craig, who played much of his senior season with a torn ACL, gave up any chance he had of playing last season in the NFL with the knee reconstruction surgery in January of 2004. He was just cleared to run this January and posted times Friday of 4.63 and 4.64. He feels those times can improve and so do scouts. Craig is considered a solid free agent prospect who could be a diamond in the rough while recovering from his injury.
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