Texas Holds Pro Timing Day

Who stood out at Texas's annual Pro Timing Day on Wednesday?

* Carrington Byndom might have been the winner of the day. While the cornerback measured slightly smaller than advertised at 5-11 and 2/8 and 177 pounds, he tested out athletically really well, running a faster-than-expected 4.37 40-yard dash and jumping 36 inches.

"I was really happy with that time," Byndom said. "Position drills could have been a little better, but I think I did well."


* Trey Hopkins was another non-combine invitee who did well. Hopkins (6-2 and 6/8, 307) jumped 32 inches, the same as receiver Mike Davis, and had an event-high 28 bench press repetitions. His height was offset by his outstanding wingspan at 81 3/8 inches, and he looked good in drills. Hopkins could be a safe bet to end the Longhorns' drought of linemen drafted.

Donald Hawkins (6-4 1/8 295) had a similar wingspan at 81 1/8 inches and also jumped 32 inches. He wasn't as strong on the bench press with 20 reps, and he wasn't as fluid as Hopkins in drills, though he does have a private workout set up and some scouts like his versatility as a guard/tackle swing player.


* Both Jackson Jeffcoat (6-2 6/8 253) and Reggie Wilson (6-2 258) did linebacker drills of dropping back into coverage. Jeffcoat, who stood on all his results from the combine and solely performed positional drills, looked fluid and seemed to attract a lot of nods from the assembled scouts.

Wilson was significantly stiffer and struggled to open up his hips, though he had the longest wingspan of everyone in attendance at 81 5/8 inches, and he had 25 bench press repetitions. He also ran a 40-yard dash reportedly in the 4.7-second range, while scouts had him in the 4.5s and the 4.6s on his second run.


* Davis (6-0 189) didn't overwhelm in the vertical (32.5 inches), nor the broad jump (9-9), but seemed to help himself by running a 40-yard dash in the 4.43 to 4.44 range. He also looked good in drills, catching the ball well away from his body and even making a couple snags that were behind him. Former SMU and Eastern Washington quarterback Kyle Padron threw for both Davis and the defensive backs in attendance.


* Adrian Phillips (5-9 7/8 202) had one of the more widely varying 40 times, clocking everywhere from the 4.3s on some watches to the mid-to-high 4.4s on others. He jumped 35.5 inches and had 13 bench reps. But the main area where Phillips excelled was in positional drills, where he was excellent in and out of his breaks and caught the ball well.


* Neither Mason Walters (6-5 3/8 300) nor Chris Whaley (6-3 273) participated in the athletic or drill parts after coming off knee surgeries. Whaley did have 22 reps on bench press, though he said he hoped to put up 26 or 27 repetitions.

"I had some nerves," Whaley said, laughing.

Whaley was four pounds heavier than he was at the combine, and he said that the scouts liked the fact that he lost weight after his injury, as opposed to putting on sloppy weight. He has about three months or so ahead of him before he's supposed to be good-to-go.

Walters had 23 reps on his bench press. His surgery came after the season, and he said that he should be 100 percent right after rookie mini-camps. He said that the injury hurt, and limited him last year, but added that he didn't have to be "He-Man" to play.


* Anthony Fera (6-1 4/8 211) didn't perform the timing or jumps, but worked out as a kicker. He was accurate on his kicks and displayed a nice leg on kickoffs as well.


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