The Vikings were in full force for Oklahoma's pro day earlier this week, with head coach Brad Childress, vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman and offense line coach Pat Morris reportedly among those looking at a college program that will have numerous players selected in April's NFL draft.
Scout.com's Greg Powers, from Sooners Illustrated, was in attendance gathering audio and filing a report.
First, the audio:
Representatives from 27 National Football League franchises were in Norman Tuesday morning for the annual pro day, which included Vikings head coach Brad Childress and former Steelers great Joe Greene.
Duke Robinson (Guard/Tackle):
Robinson was probably the hottest commodity and he will likely be the first OU player drafted in the second round, but the Pittsburgh Steelers scouts seemed to take a very solid liking to him as he worked with one of their coaches during the drills and then spent a good deal of time talking with him as things were wrapping up.
He was also happy to show the scouts that he could handle and control his weight.
"I was happy to get done what I had to get done and let these scouts see what they needed to see," Robinson said. "That you are determined and dedicated and you can handle what they have to throw at you. I think that was good deal. They kind of wanted to see where I was going to be with my weight and I kind of think I nailed it."
Phil Loadholt (Tackle):
Loadholt trimmed down a little and he looked like he was in great physical shape heading in to the draft. Many of the teams were keeping a close eye on him as they believe that he could be a great pick-up heading late into the first day or early on in day number two of the draft.
Like Robinson, Loadholt showed up in even better condition than he was around the time of the combine and he gives some credit back to his training staff at OU and Athletes First in Los Angeles.
"It was tough, at first it was," Loadholt said. "Since we were doing it here it was not too bad. We just had to modify our diet and do the things that people do to lose weight.
"I think my times were better than the combine. I think I proved that I can move laterally I feel like I showed good footwork in the drills so I definitely think I improved on it."
Juaquin Iglesias (Receiver):
Iglesias had a strong performance at the NFL Combine, where he turned in a 4.5 40-yard dash, so he opted to not go through any timed testing on Tuesday and only worked out in the receiver drills in front of the scouts. And almost all of the 27 teams in attendance at least appeared to be interested to see his wares. He only dropped two balls in the workout and did a good job of keeping his hips low throughout all of the routes.
Iglesias was not a high profile recruit heading in to his career at OU and now he is back in the same boat that he was in coming out of high school.
"It is the same mentality going in as when I first stepped in here (at OU) trying to compete and I feel I am at the bottom," Iglesias said. "From what they tell me now I still feel like I am going to be at the bottom and I got to work my way to the top. I felt like I got a lot accomplished here, but I still could have been better, and the same thing with the NFL."
Nic Harris (Safety/Linebacker):
Harris seems to be the player that gets the most buzz and he is a bit of tweener on the next level as he does not have the exact ideal size of a linebacker but does not necessarily have the top end speed that NFL scouts are looking for in a safety. Harris tried to better his times from the NFL Combine, but he stayed very consistent with his numbers that he had already posted.
Jon Cooper (Center):
Cooper turned in a very solid performance and he most likely caught a team's eye when he checked in at a whopping 290 pounds, which is 35 pounds heavier than he played at during the season.
"It came on pretty easy," Cooper said. "That is what I weighed in before the season, so it came back pretty quick after I stopped going through practice. I had to push the calories quite a bit because the combine was just three or four days after the combine. Nothing too extreme.
"I have broke five (5.0 second 40-yard dash) pretty consistently before, so maybe putting this on so fast maybe slowed me down a little bit, but not too bad."
Lendy Holmes (Safety):
Holmes projects out as a late draft pick in to the last rounds, and he had a solid performance and posted some very solid times. He did not exactly put up anything that would be jaw dropping, but much like his time at OU he proved that he is consistent.
Quentin Chaney (Receiver):
Chaney made some good impressions and if he could have lowered his 40 time by around one-tenth of a second I believe he would have definitely supplanted himself as a definite draft pick, but he will be a lock to be a post-draft free agent pick-up after a solid performance at Pro Day. He posted the day's best 40 time.
Brandon Walker (Guard):
Walker drew a ton of praise when he tied the best vertical jump of the day. Not too shabby for an offensive lineman. He was the hidden secret along the line during his career at OU as the other guys drew all of the recognition. He does not have the size to likely grab too many teams' eyes, but there is no questioning that he is a talented and athletic player.
Note: Jacob Gutierrez, Darien Williams, Alan Davis, Cory Bennett, Brett Bowers, Branndon Braxton, Cortney Carter, Ian Pleasant, Joey Halzle, and Cortney Carter also worked out.
Oklahoma pro day audio and more
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