Rasul Douglas and Shelton Gibson Hope to Boost Draft Status With Strong Pro Day Performances

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - On Friday afternoon West Virginia football players worked out in front of several NFL scouts.

Entering April's NFL draft Rasul Douglas and Shelton Gibson are two of the most coveted prospects on West Virginia's roster. On Friday afternoon, the duo worked out with several teammates in front of NFL scouts for West Virginia's annual pro day.

Douglas, who recorded a nation leading eight interceptions a year ago, is a big, physical corner who has caught the eye of a number of NFL scouts. He performed well at the combine roughly a month ago and only participated in two events today - the 40 yard dash and the 60 yard shuffle. Douglas improved his 40 time from 4.59 to 4.57. After his workout, the cornerback prospect detailed just how different preparing for the combine and pro day is from in-season workouts and practices.

"Training (for the combine and pro day) doesn't involve a lot of weight," said Douglas. "This is about moving faster. In the season you might be squatting 500 (pounds). Right now I don't think I have touched 500 since (the regular season) when I was working out with Mike Joseph in the weight room. It's a different type of workout. It's not a football workout, it's a drill workout."

If you ask Shelton Gibson, he's likely to agree with that sentiment. Gibson made a reputation at West Virginia by flying by defensive backs and hauling in long touchdown passes, but to the surprise of many, the rising junior wide receiver ran a 4.50 at the NFL combine. For Gibson, today's combine was all about redemption.

"I feel like I came in here and competed at a high level which is what I wanted to do," said Gibson. "I really wanted to run my 40 (yard dash) better. I thought I would run a lower 40 when I got back here so I told my coaches that I wanted to bring it down. They said to keep working every single day. Hopefully it was a 4.4 or lower."

Gibson was successful in that feat on Friday as he ran a 4.39 40 yard dash and also improved his broad jump from "9'8" to "10'1" feet. While a tenth of a second or a matter of inches may seem minuscule, it can be the difference in hundreds of thousands of dollars for an NFL prospect.

It's safe to say that both Gibson and Douglas performed well in their respective events on Friday afternoon. There were a number of NFL scouts from almost every NFL team on hand for the event.


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