The University of Tulsa held its Pro Day on March 13th with 12 NFL teams in attendance: the Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, New York Jets, New Orleans Saints, St. Louis Rams, Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders, Indianapolis Colts and Tampa Buccaneers.
Tulsaís top prospect, QB Paul Smith, only participated in passing drills on Thursday and stood on his numbers that he produced at the Scouting Combine. The 6-foot-1, 208-pound Smith isnít the biggest or fastest QB, but heís a highly intelligent, productive quarterback with a lot of potential.
Tulsa installed a new hurry-up, no-huddle offense in 2007, which allowed Smith to enjoy a breakout season. Smith threw 47 touchdowns last year compared to the 35 touchdowns he totaled over the two previous seasons as Tulsaís starting QB.
The player who stole the show on Thursday was linebacker Chris Chamberlain. Chamberlain measured in at 6-foot-1, 226 pounds, ran a 4.62 in the 40 and tested well in the short shuttle (4.09) and 3-cone drill (6.93). Chamberlain also showed great athleticism with a 36.5-inch vertical jump and a 9'6 broad jump, and showed good strength in the bench press with 17 reps of 225 pounds.
Chamberlain led the Golden Hurricanes in tackles with 148 this past season.
A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999.