Penn State’s Pro Day Thursday was obviously a big deal for former Nittany Lion quarterback Christian Hackenberg, a potential high-round draft pick who had a chance to go through his own passing drills for scouts.
But another former PSU standout was on the spot in his own way.
Defensive back Jordan Lucas missed the last three games of his senior season after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder. That also caused him to miss the Senior Bowl and prevented him from doing on-field drills at the NFL Combine.
So Thursday was a big day for Lucas in terms of proving he is not damaged goods.
He responded in a big way.
According to PSU, Lucas ran a 4.45 40-yard dash, a 4.21 pro shuttle and 6.64 cone drill. His vertical was 38 inches and his broad jump an impressive 10-10.
“I know I ran very well,” Lucas said shortly after the event, before he had gotten his official times.
Lucas measured in at just under 6-foot and weighed 203 pounds.
After playing corner for most of his career at Penn State, Lucas moved to safety last season. He’s hoping he gets a chance to shift back the edge at the next level.
“That’s just me,” he said. “That’s my personality. I love that one-on-one battle.”
That said, he believes teams view him as, “a guy who can do whatever they ask me to do.”
Lucas said the most questions from scouts have been about where he thinks he’ll fit in best at the next level and — of course — how fast he was. He thought he proved himself on the second part Thursday.
“I’m back full go now,” he said. “… I’m moving at a great pace.”
It was good timing, since this was the last chance for him to work out for many scouts at the same time. With that in mind, Lucas was asked if he could have finished out his senior season playing banged up (which would have delayed his rehab and perhaps this opportunity).
“Who knows?” he said. “I’m going to sit here and tell you I could have continued to play, but I have my future to worry about. Whether I could have played or not, my coaches would have understood and my teammates would have understood.”