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Receiver Chad Jackson and defensive end Jeremy Mincey were among the 12 former Florida Gators working out for scouts from approximately 25 NFL teams at The Swamp. Players were measured and weighed, checked out in the weight room for strength and endurance, and then taken out on the field where they were timed in the 40, run through some agility drills and finally given a chance to do some individual work for the scouts.
Jackson didn't run the 40 Wednesday but he didn't need to. He's already turned in blazing fast times at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis a couple of weeks ago, workouts that pretty much sealed him in as a first rounder. Basically he was there to look good and to run a few routes while C.J. Leak threw him some passes. When it comes to Jackson, the scouts were here in Gainesville to talk to Florida's coaches, check out some more film on him and to further handle some due diligence to check for any personal issues or history with law enforcement.
Mincey, a 6-3, 260-pound defensive end, had good workouts in Indianapolis but his 40 times Wednesday probably elevated his draft status to perhaps as high as third or fourth round. One watch had Mincey at 4.67 on his first 40 and 4.53 on the other. Most of the scouts had Mincey in the 4.65-4.68 range on the first run while there was greater discrepancy on the second.
Mincey is being projected by some teams as an outside guy in a 3-4 setup that will allow him to both rush the passer and drop off into coverage in a zone.
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The fastest unofficial 40 time of the day was turned in by Dee Webb, who turned in a 4.38 on his first run and 4.31 on his second. Other unofficial times included Jarvis Herring (4.69 and 4.62), Vernell Brown (4.47 and 4.51), Lance Butler (5.29 and 5.27), Mike Degory (5.45 and 5.29), Randy Hand (5.27 and 5.23), Tavares Washington (5.22 and 5.10), Todd McCullough (4.99 and 4.91), Markell Thompson (4.90), Zephrine Augustine (4.59) and Tre Orr (4.63).
The 40 times were all hand held Wednesday so there was discrepancy. Some watches had Randy Hand as low as 4.97.Degory, who will be among the first centers taken in the draft, said that 40 times for an offensive lineman might be just a tad overrated.
"As an offensive lineman you never run a 40 yard dash," said Degory, who bench pressed 225 pounds 29 times. "You're running a 40-yard dash that means someone's scoring a touchdown."
The 40 times were all hand held Wednesday so there was discrepancy. Some watches had Randy Hand as low as 4.97.
"I heard anything from 4.97 to 5.1," said Hand. "Whatever the time, I think I ran well enough. I don't think I did anything that hurt me today."
Butler ran a low time of 5.27, which he said is fairly consistent with what he's been doing. He said the scouts know he doesn't test out all that well.
"Coaches are talking to me about getting me in camp to see what I can do because they know I'm not all that great of a tester in situations like this," said Butler. "I never get nervous for games or practice but I have to admit I was pretty nervous out here today. Coaches have told me they'll know better about me when I get pads on."
Vernell Brown ran well enough to prove to the scouts that he's recovered from the broken leg that sidelined him for the final two regular season games. He's still the smallest guy out there but he's used to that.
"I definitely think I'll get an opportunity," said Brown. "That's all I ask for is a shot. I've been told that I'm too small but this is just another road block to overcome. When you have guys who question my size and ability they get to see my size and my ability and also some guys question if I'm back from the injjury and I think I showed that today."
Brown is another one who heard conflicting times on his 40-yard dash.
"My first 40 they told me they had me everything from a 4.32 to a 4.4 flat," he said. "Everybody writes down what they write down. It doesn't matter to me. I feel that I came here and did what I have to do."
Most of the top Sooners took part in today's workout, though some relied on combine results. Two players not invited to the combine, fullback J.D. Runnels and defensive back Eric Bassey, looked especially good. Here's a look at some of the participants.
Eric Bassey/DB (5-11.5/195): 37.5/vert, 9-8/broad, 4.41/4.33-forty, 3.92 20 shuttle, 7.07 3-cone, 17-reps/bench
Chris Bush/OL (6-3/305): 26.5/vert, 8-4/broad, 5.33/5.38-forty, 4.87/4.81 20 shuttle, 8.14 3-cone, 18-reps/bench
Dusty Dvoracek/DT (6-2/306): 9-6/broad, 4.81/4.81-forty, 4.51/4.47 20 shuttle, 7.59 3-cone,
Kejuan Jones/RB (5-7/185): 33/vert, 9-4 broad, 4.59/4.61-forty, 4.24/4.15 20 shuttle, 7.44 3-cone, 14-reps/bench
Davin Joseph/G (6-2/305): 4.73/4.73 20 shuttle, 7.75 3-cone,
James Moses/TE (6-2/244): 32/vert, 4.58/4.36 20 shuttle, 22-reps/bench
Chijoke Onyenegecha/CB (6-1/212): 36.5/vert, 10-2 broad, 4.46/4.48-forty, 4.34 20 shuttle, 7.23 3-cone,
Jejaun Rankins/WR (5-9/181): 35.5 vert, 4.50/4.43 20 shuttle, 7.36 3-cone,
J.D. Runnels/FB (5-11/238): 35/vert, 10-0 broad, 4.54/4.54-forty, 4.25/4.30 20 shuttle, 7.00 3-cone, 28-reps/bench