LSU hosted its annual Pro Day for the outgoing football players before the 2017 NFL Draft, which will begin on April 27.
Safety Jamal Adams, already expected to be a top-10 selection, further cemented his status with a blistering 4.33 time in the forty yard dash. Adams had previously run in the high 4.5s at the NFL Combine.
From the official release:
Adams was clocked at 4.33 seconds in the 40-yard dash and Leonard Fournette weighed in at 228 pounds, 12 pounds lighter than at the NFL Combine, as two of the many highlights for LSU football here Wednesday at Pro Day at the LSU Indoor Football Facility.
Seventeen LSU football players, along with one standout sprinter from the Tiger track team, took part in the event that drew over 125 NFL personnel, including head coaches Sean Payton (Saints), Mike Tomlin (Steelers), Todd Bowles (Jets), Jim Caldwell (Lions) and Mike Mularkey (Titans).
“Today was a tremendous day for LSU football and the LSU brand,” LSU head coach Ed Orgeron said. “We are proud of the 18 young men that worked out. All of them did a tremendous job. Austin Thomas, our general manager, did a tremendous job of organizing the whole day. Talking to a lot of the NFL guys, this has been the best pro day of the whole season, so we're happy about that.
“Any time we can have the NFL on our campus, it's a big day for LSU. A couple of guys really stood out and worked out well, but for Jamal Adams to run a 4.33 (40-yard dash), it was a fantastic day for him. Leonard (Fournette) weighing in at 228 pounds, I know a lot of the guys are excited about that. He looked great in his workouts. We're getting a lot of positive feedback and a lot of guys really love Leonard.
“Malachi Dupre did an excellent job today in his workouts. Davon Godchaux looked big and strong out there. He did a great job in his workouts. It was the first time that scouts have seen Lewis Neal and he did a tremendous job along with Tashawn Bower. Duke Riley continues to impress.
“It was just a tremendous day for LSU football.”
Tiger offensive lineman Josh Boutte impressed the scouts with 28 reps in the 225-pound bench press to lead all LSU players. Defensive end Lewis Neal followed with 23 reps in the bench followed by defensive tackle Davon Godchaux with 22.
Adams, along with track standout Cyril Grayson, led all players in the 40-yard dash with a time of 4.33. Other top times for LSU in the 40-yard dash include wide receiver Malachi Dupre (4.46), cornerback Tre’Davious White (4.47) and wide receiver Travin Dural (4.57).
Neal led all Tigers with a 36” vertical leap. He was followed by defensive back Rickey Jefferson, who leaped 35 1/2 “. Jefferson, who missed most of the season with a lower leg injury, proved to be back at full speed with a 4.58 time in the 40, 17 reps in the bench press and a 10’ leap in the broad jump.
Another standout performance came from defensive end/outside linebacker Tashawn Bower, who at 250 pounds, ran a 4.73 40-yard dash, jumped 34” in the vertical and recorded a 10’4” leap in the broad jump.
Official results are listed here from LSU. As noted, Malachi Dupre likely helped himself with a better 40, but I think game tape will still be an issue there. Leonard Fournette checking in at 228 showed that his combine weight was clearly an aberration, not that it affected his workouts. Lewis Neal’s performance was very interesting, although at 6-0 and 261 pounds, it’s not really clear how he’ll fit at the next level.
Check out the LSU Creative Exposure series on the day here, which is really cool.
More on the former Tigers trying to follow their pro dreams as the draft nears.