Pro day notebook

NORMAN, Okla. — Former Sooners took to the Everest Center for the annual Pro Day event, and Sooners Illustrated was live on the seen and has a recap.

Former Sooners took to the Everest Center for the annual Pro Day event, and Sooners Illustrated was live on the seen and has a recap.

  • Safety Jesse Paulsen stole the show, running a day's best 4.45 40-yard dash while also jumping 39.5" in the vertical.
  • Quarterback Landry Jones, who a majority of the 32 different team scouts came to see, put in a good day with good throw after good throw. He showed off escapability and mobility outside the pocket with nice tosses on the run. His only blemish was a wounded duck overthrow at the beginning of the workout: "Started off a little shaky. You know, that first ball didn't come out necessarily where I wanted it to, but sometimes it happens on that deep ball stuff. And we got a good laugh out of it, and once that's over I played ball real well."
  • Quarterbacks guru George Whitfield even predicted afterwards that Jones will go in the first round: "I see him in the first round. Somehow he's gonna be in the first round. And, you know, his team's kinda settling and I know he may not be the quote unquote headliner, front liner guy, so to speak, right now. But when all this stuff settles and they go back and comb over the film and they realize he didn't miss one game in his college career, which shows a lot of tenacity and toughness right there, then you see all the prolific numbers he's put up even with the last two years not playing in the red zone here, you can kinda add those numbers up as you see those. And then everything that he's capable of doing and what type of young man he is, teams are going to be always in the market for that type of player. I've worked with some guys similar to him before, and I see what he's been able to do in the last couple of months, really the last year and a half we've been working, and he fits that mold. So, they may not have had the type of season they wanted here in Oklahoma and Landry may not be the household name that some of his other counterparts are, but when they boil it all down of what's most important, they'll figure out. He'll figure his way into the first round."
  • Free safety Tony Jefferson had only limited participation coming off his hamstring injury he suffered a couple weeks ago before the NFL Combine. He recorded a 7.33 second-time in the three-cone drill: "I've never dealt with a hamstring injury, so me explaining to the doctors where it hurts and stuff, I don't think they could really ideally understand where it's at. But, I mean, it felt way better than it did before, so as long as it's getting better, that's all I can hope for."
  • Wide receiver Kenny Stills participated in even fewer drills and, in fact, his participation was limited to just catching passes from Jones. He looked good in that, however, snaring all but one pass: "I thought it went pretty well. Dropped one ball. Routes were pretty good. I'm always pretty negative about my performance. I expect a lot better, but it went well."
  • Many former Sooners that weren't seniors last season returned for the workout, including Brian Jackson, Sam Proctor, Reggie Smith and James Winchester. Smith shined out of those for sure, leaping the day's best 41 inches in the vertical as well as running a 4.51.
  • Defensive end David King tweaked his hamstring during his second 40-yard dash, but his first was certainly not too shabby. He put together a 4.72 in the test.
  • Offensive lineman Lane Johnson is projected to be a first round selection, and he did not participate.

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