This is how I felt at yesterday’s pro day. It seems like every year, LSU’s Pro Day just gets bigger and bigger, and this year might have been the biggest. Chip Kelly, Mike Tomlin, the Ryan brothers, and Sean Payton were all in attendance, among many other general managers and scouts from every team in the League.
Zach Mettenberger just 13 weeks off his ACL surgery proved the knee is of no concern! All scouts and coaches seemed very pleased with Mettenberger's performance. He threw more than 100 passes and proved his arm is strong.
LSU Coach Les Miles talked about QB Zach Mettenberger's day.
"I think is a guy who can play at really high level in the NFL. I think he will climb into an elevated position. I think he is improving," Miles said. "I think they will see that his leg is in the high 90 percentile. He's back. I think he will throw extremely well today. He will play in the NFL a long time. I will be surprised if he is not a very high draft pick."
Miles said WR/RS Odell Beckham Jr. is also looking at a bright future.
"I have seen nothing but great interest in Odell Beckham. I think Odell is going to be drafted early. You hate to predict a draft position, but if he isn't gone in the first day I will be surprised," according to Miles. "I think if you look at the draft eligible guys, they are all getting increased favorable views not only off the field but what appears to be strength and speed and measurable."
Jarvis Landry ran faster in back to back times than he did in the combine. That was exactly what he had to do.
While the majority of the coaches and scouts were there to check out the Zach Mettenbergers and Odell Beckhams of the world, LSU Pro Day has become a great opportunity for lesser known players to show off their skills to coaches who they would otherwise never get a chance to perform in front of. I myself am a beneficiary of this, as I would have never gotten a chance to try to play for the Rams if one of their scouts hadn’t run our O-line drills.
Kadron Boone had an excellent day as he was able to post back-to-back blazing forty times when he posted a 4.44 and a 4.49. He also showed great explosiveness with a 33-inch vertical jump.
Another former LSU receiver had an even bigger day when James Wright ran back-to-back 4.43 forties and jumped an incredible 38.5 inches.
Tahj Jones also had himself a hell of a day, running two 4.5 forties.
These three players didn’t get invited to the combine, and yet here they were, working out in front of all 32 teams, including some of the most powerful men in football. There are multiple teams that may not have even have had these guys on their radar, and yet, now they rate them as high-priority free agent picks or maybe even Draft picks.
One of my favorite parts about Pro Day is that inadvertently, it is still teammates helping teammates and having each other’s backs. The big names bring in the big fish, and as a byproduct help out their brother’s careers.