He did just that.
"I hope I proved a lot and just showed them I've been working hard. I did the best I could do," Jeffery said. "Everybody told me I did great. I'm sure I'll read what everybody said. I tried to perform without pressure and just have fun."
Jeffery came in at a slender 213 pounds after rumors had floated around that he had gained weight from the 229 he weighed during his final season at South Carolina. Despite traveling to Indianapolis for the NFL combines, Jeffery decided not to participate in the combine. That drew criticism from many NFL organizations. After being a slam dunk first round draft pick, Jeffery's stock had fallen.
"I wasn't paying attention to all that draft talk," Jeffery said. "People can say whatever they want to say. I just wanted to prove what I've got."
Jeffery proved what many around the South Carolina program knew; he's pretty fast. Though scouts did not release times in the 40-yard dash, it was believed that Jeffery clocked in the 4.5 range, faster than anyone imagined.
Whether or not Jeffery will jump back into first-round consideration, he certainly did not hurt himself with his performance Wednesday afternoon.
"It doesn't matter to me," Jeffery said. "I just want to get there and let the chips fall as they may. I think I will be a great asset to the team that drafts me."
Height – 6'2 3/4
Weight – 213
Vertical – 36 1/2 inches
Broad jump – 10-2
Bench – Did not participate
"I went out and showed the scouts that I worked on my technique and I think I did pretty good. I wanted to show them that I had fluid hips and that I can come out of my breaks well." -Stephon Gilmore.
"I think I did pretty good," Gilmore said. "I went out and showed the scouts that I worked on my technique and I think I did pretty good. I wanted to show them that I had fluid hips and that I can come out of my breaks well."
Gilmore was the one that started the recent trend of South Carolina "Mr. Football" players to come to Carolina. Marcus Lattimore followed Gilmore, Jadeveon Clowney followed Lattimore, and Shaq Roland will enroll over the summer.
"I could have gone to Alabama, LSU, or all the big schools," Gilmore said. "I wanted to start something at the University of South Carolina and come here and try and get a winning team. I think we did that and they're going to be good in the years coming."
Since declaring for the draft following the win in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Gilmore headed back to Florida to train with several NFL defensive backs, including former Tennessee defensive back Eric Berry, to prepare him for the NFL and for the Draft.
"They just told me it's a business," Gilmore said. "You go out there and play hard and play every down like it's your last. There's a lot of players coming to take your job so you have to work hard and go from there."
Wednesday wasn't the end for Gilmore, as he will work out for several teams prior to the draft next month.
"I have six team visits coming up but I'm not sure what order," Gilmore said. "My agent got the teams but I didn't really pay attention. I was just worried about my pro day."
Height – 6'0 5/8
Vertical – Did not participate (36 inches at combine)
Broad jump – Did not participate 123 inches at combine)
Bench press – Did not participate (15 reps at combine)
"Just getting out here and competing in front of the scouts is a dream come true because you wish for it your whole life and this opportunity is finally here. It's kind of breathtaking at the same time." -Antonio Allen.
Like several other Gamecock players, Allen was just trying to improve his draft status Wednesday.
"It went well, but all the drills were different but it still went well at the same time," Allen said. "I'm an athlete so I try and go out there and give it my best at all times."
One of Allen's biggest weaknesses coming out of the combine, along with having tight hips, was his 40 time. Allen ran a 4.67 at the combine and was told he needed to pick it up. He did just that on Wednesday, running a 4.55.
"That's the main thing I was focusing on today so I did what I had to do," Allen said.
With all the scouts looking on and his last chance to prove that he is ready for the next level, the pressure was high for Allen.
"It's a lot of pressure, but at the same time these are things that we do on a daily basis," Allen said. "Just getting out here and competing in front of the scouts is a dream come true because you wish for it your whole life and this opportunity is finally here. It's kind of breathtaking at the same time."
Height – 6'1 1/8
Weight – 206
Vertical jump – Did not participate (34 inches at combine)
Broad jump – Did not participate (118 inches at combine)
Bench press – Did not participate (17 reps at combine)
(Jeff Blake-USPRESSWIRE) "I just woke up with one thing on my mind; just come out here and show everything I have and see what happens. I felt like I did that." -Marty Markett.
"I tell (Ingram) every day ‘thank you for all of your hard work and everything you did because I know you're going to bring all the scouts to see you,'" Markett said. "We had a great class coming out with all these people that are potential first and second round draft picks so a lot of scouts wanted to come out and see them. But I did tell all of them I was going to steal the show."
While Markett impressed with his speed, it was his vertical of 40 1/2 inches – higher than anyone else – that caught most of the eyes.
"It was real good," Markett said. "I just woke up with one thing on my mind; just come out here and show everything I have and see what happens. I felt like I did that."
Markett had a long journey to where he is today. After coming to Carolina on a partial scholarship for track and having to work his way through school, Markett decided to try his hand at football. By his senior season, he earned a full scholarship.
"I came here with a partial track scholarship and had to work my way through school and I was fine with that," Markett said. "After my freshman year I decided I wanted to continue playing football so I talked to Coach Spurrier and he gave me a chance to come out here. The first year I had to redshirt and the second year I got a lot of significant playing time on special teams and made a lot of plays. At the end of that season I started playing corner a lot more. Coming into this season it was all out, everything I got. I think I'm one of the best special teams players in the country. I did everything I could to help Carolina win football games."
Height – 5'8 5/8
Weight – 172
Vertical – 40 1/2
Broad jump – 10-10
Bench – 12 reps
(Jeff Blake-USPRESSWIRE) "South Carolina has been recruiting me for a long time. So it was tough to see them go." -Travian Robertson.
"I felt good about my time (at the combine) and I wanted to show them my position drills because I didn't get to do that at the combine," Robertson said. "I felt healthy enough to come out here and do the drills and I didn't want to risk anything by going out and pulling anything running the 40."
Since the combine, Robertson worked on getting healthy and getting ready for Wednesday's Pro Day.
"I've been waiting a long time for this," Robertson said. "I think I did pretty good in the drills and I felt great."
Robertson will be one of the players anxiously watching the NFL Draft to see if his name is called out. Robertson has been rumored to be a late draft choice or possible free agent. While Robertson can't control where he's selected, all he can do is wait for the opportunity.
"I've been hearing a lot of different things," Robertson said. "I've been hearing seventh round to free agent and fifth round and fourth round. Whatever team picks me up in whatever round I'll be blessed. Right now I'm just working hard and wanting to get into camp and show the coaches I'm ready to play."
Height – 6'4
Weight – 300
Vertical – 26 inches
Broad jump – Did not participate (102 inches at combine)
Bench press – Did not participate (30 reps at combine)
Part II will feature Stephen Garcia, Kyle Nunn, Rokevious Watkins, Terrence Campbell, and Melvin Ingram.
Quotes courtesy of Gamecocksonline.com