Clemson Pro Day: Sights and Sounds


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Dodd had a great session in front of NFL scouts Thursday
Dodd had a great session in front of NFL scouts Thursday

CLEMSON – The National Football League descended on Clemson Thursday morning.

Several former players worked out for NFL coaches, scouts and executives at the Tigers’ annual Pro Day, which was held at the indoor practice facility. The Bengals’ Marvin Lewis, the Colts’ Chuck Pagano, the Steelers’ Mike Tomlin and the Bills’ Rex Ryan were NFL coaches in attendance.

Arizona Cardinals linebackers coach and Clemson great Levon Kirkland was also on hand.

Wide receiver Charone Peake was the standout in the 40-yard dash, running a blistering 4.36 in his first run and a 4.38 in his second run. We heard some stopwatches might have even had him in the 4.2 range.

Some other numbers and notes. All times are unofficial

*Offensive lineman Joe Gore did 28 reps of 225 pounds at the bench press, 4.87 40-yard dash time, 27.5-inch vertical jump, 9'1" broad jump, 5-10-5 time of 4.65 and a 3-cone drill time of 7.59.

*Offensive lineman Roderick Byars did 22 reps of 225 pounds at the bench press, ran a 5.12 40-yard dash, 24.5-inch vertical jump, 8'9" broad jump, 4.73 time in the 5-10-5 drill and a 7.77 time in the 3 Cone drill.

*Longsnapper Jim Brown ran a 5.20 40-yard dash, 8'2" broad jump, 12.86 in the pro agility drill, 4.75 in the 5-10-5 drill and a 7.70 time in the 3-cone drill.

*Defensive end Shaq Lawson said that he has already met with 22 NFL teams today and will fly out this week to do a ESPN Sports Science episode.

*Tomlin had an extended conversation with Alexander following a cone drill.

*Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney held an extended conversation with the Bengals’ Marvin Lewis.

*Alexander was late coming out for interviews because Pagano spent about 15 minutes talking to Alexander about football and life.

*Dodd told us that teams that run a 3-4 defense have inquired about whether he can play outside linebacker, and that today was about proving he has the footwork and speed to do so. He says he was pleased with his results, but currently checks in at 275 pounds. He said he would need to get in the 260 range to play linebacker.

*Bills head coach Rex Ryan was there with his brother Rob, who is the current defensive coordinator for Buffalo. Rob was wearing a Bills windsuit but was sporting a “BYOG” cap.

*I spoke to three different personnel as they left, and they told me that Alexander’s stock is rising.

*Dodd told me he got an invite to be in the “Green Room” at the draft and with his stock soaring, he might be there.

*There were plenty of former Tigers on hand – Tajh Boyd, Vic Beasley, Chris Chancellor, Jonathan Meeks, Justin Miller, Antoine McClain, Woody Dantzler, Malliciah Goodman, Michael Hamlin, Rod McDowell, Tony Steward, Rashaad Jackson, Dalton Freeman, Bashaud Breeland and Garry Peters.

*I talked to Beasley for a minute, and he said the sight of so many NFL personnel at Clemson's Pro Day shows just how far the program has come. He then said that if the Falcons were to draft Shaq Lawson, it would be a nightmare for opposing offenses.

"Who are you going to block? You double-team me he is going to get loose," Beasley said. "You double-team him and you leave me free to get to the quarterback."

*Results of the 225-pound bench press (reps)

Travis Blanks 14
T.J. Green 18
Rod Byers 22
C.J. Davidson 19
Kevin Dodd 22
Joe Gore 28
Eric Mac Lain 22


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You're either a C0ck or just a d1ck. I can't tell which*****
by Joey Tiger® - Thu Mar 10 22:16:20 GMT-04:00 2016
Re: Blanks with the 40-time of a pocket QB
by Country Gentleman® - Thu Mar 10 21:49:23 GMT-04:00 2016
I quickly figured out you were not a doctor.

Lack of ethics.
Your first sentence is spot on ...
by DueWest - Thu Mar 10 21:44:03 GMT-04:00 2016
Yeah pointing out his horrible showing makes me a jerk.

Nailed it.
Re: New Story: Clemson Pro Day: Sights and Sounds
by SBCharleston - Thu Mar 10 19:20:04 GMT-04:00 2016
Wish there had been an interview with Tony.
Re: Blanks with the 40-time of a pocket QB
by tigerrag86 - Thu Mar 10 18:51:40 GMT-04:00 2016
Yeah pointing out his horrible showing makes me a jerk. I bet you're that guy who lies to his daughter and tells her she's a great singer so she can go on American Idol and embarrass herself.

I have had ACL surgery, I also know that sprinting in a straight line has no effect on your ACL. And as far as I know it doesn't affect your bench press either...but I'm no doctor. Dude needed a good showing, but instead he almost got beat our by an Offensive Guard in the 40. He's going to need that diploma.
Travis Blanks... Yikes
by 803Tiger72® - Thu Mar 10 18:13:31 GMT-04:00 2016
After not getting a combine invite, he really needed to impress the scouts at Clemson's pro day today. I don't know if it's possible to hurt your draft stock when you're already projected not to be drafted, but if it is then Blanks certainly did so.

I know he had a horrible injury that caused him to miss a season before graduating this year, and I feel for him. But he really REALLY could have used his extra year of eligibility to enhance his game and be a leader on our otherwise inexperienced defense this upcoming season.

I've really been a big fan of his ever since he got to Clemson, and he's done some great things for us. I really hope someone decides to give him a chance as an Undrafted FA and he can stick around. I hate his pro day didn't help him out.
Re: Blanks with the 40-time of a pocket QB
by Country Gentleman® - Thu Mar 10 17:44:17 GMT-04:00 2016
Class post on your part.

He has experienced two major knee injuries and surgeries.

You've undoubtedly never met the young man. He's one of the most well-spoken individuals you will ever meet and is thought of so much by the Clemson community and students that he's a member of Tiger Brotherhood.

Maybe he'll show you his ACC Championship ring, Orange Bowl ring and Clemson diploma some time.

Oh - and he was elected a permanent captain of this year's team along with winning the Spiritual Leadership Award and the P.A.T. Award Winner-of-the-Year.
Re: New Story: Clemson Pro Day: Sights and Sounds
by jarheadtiger® - Thu Mar 10 17:03:41 GMT-04:00 2016
CP showing off the jets. Caught almost everything in sight at the combine. Yup, dude is climbing up boards.
the dude had his acl reconstructed from his patellar tendon then
by DWatson4Heisman - Thu Mar 10 16:18:19 GMT-04:00 2016
Immediately Tears it again at practice, Forcing them to graft a new one from his hamstring. The fact that he is out there running around and cutting with relative ease and lack of pain is absolutely amazing.
Blanks with the 40-time of a pocket QB
by tigerrag86 - Thu Mar 10 16:06:09 GMT-04:00 2016
and the bench press of a kicker. Hope he has a post-football future planned out.
New Story: Clemson Pro Day: Sights and Sounds
by TigerNet News - Thu Mar 10 16:02:58 GMT-04:00 2016
 
Clemson Pro Day: Sights and Sounds

The National Football League descended on Clemson Thursday morning,a and we have plenty of news and notes from the session. What coaches were there? What former players showed up? Full Story »
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