March 12, 2013

Everything you need to know about Oklahoma State's Pro Day

The Former Pokes finished off their Pro Day around 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday in Boone Pickens Stadium, and there wasn't much to complain about for anyone.

Last season, former NFL Draft Top 10 picks Justin Blackmon and Brandon Weeden had every member of the media in the country (or so it seemed) in the stands for their workouts, but that wasn't the case this time around.

Let's get into it.

Solid Performance: Joseph Randle: Though Randle couldn't bench press due to rehabbing a thumb injury, he did every other drills. He started by jumping to 34.5 inches on his vertical, a drill he posted a 35.0 inch performance on at the NFL Combine. He also officially ran a 4.51 second forty-yard dash, helping out his stock by besting his 4.63 performance at the Combine.

Best Performance: Lane Taylor: Taylor wasn't invited to the Combine despite being the anchor of the OSU offensive line for over three seasons and being a First-Team All Big 12 player, and that might've fueled him a bit today. He went off for 31 reps on the bench press, which would've been the eighth-best total at the Combine had he been there, and posted solid performances in all the speed and agility drills.

"I'm really pleased with my day today, I couldn't ask for better," Taylor said of his performance.

He also had surprising fluidity in his hips and feet that he showed in positional drills at the end of the day, and drew quite a bit of attention from the scouts. He's one of a few players who will likely get a shot at a training camp, and may even sneak into the late rounds of the draft.

The Gambler:Cooper Bassett: Bassett was another name that was mentioned quite a bit today. He was signed out of high school as a tight end, but when OSU switched their offensive scheme to the spread, he was moved to the defensive line. He was solid there, but not NFL-caliber, which drove his decision to test as a tight end today, somewhat of a gamble seeing as he hasn't played the position in three years. Bassett did every workout, and ran routes as a tight end in positional drills.

"It was a lot of fun," he said. "I haven't been able to play tight end the last three years, but I feel like it's my natural position. I had a fun time and didn't have any drops, so hopefully I put on a good show."

He also went on to say that the Jacksonville Jaguars were one of the scouts that seemed very interested in him after his workout.

Don't Forget About Me: Hubert Anyiam: Anyiam started opposite of Blackmon on the 2011 team, but suffered a season-ending ankle injury against Missouri midway through the year. He performed at Pro Day last season, but today said that he was at 75% last year.

Anyiam was with the Carolina Panthers for awhile, and is trying to get back into a training camp this season after spending time at Oklahoma State working out for the last year. Multiple scouts had him in the high 4.4 range on his forty-yard dash, and he also performed well in positional drills and didn't drop a pass.

"I trained down here," he said. "Coach Glass helped me out. It's good to train here because you get a lot of help from them. I think I had a pretty good day overall, so I think it all was worth it."

Surprising Performance: Quinn Sharp: Sharp was regarded as one of the best kickers and/or punters in the nation last season, but he had a day to forget today. He shanked two of his first four kickoffs, though they stayed in-bounds, and missed three-straight from 45 yards at one point on his field goal attempts, a range he was usually solid from when playing for the Cowboys. He eventually righted the ship and made quite a few field goals, including his last kick from 60 yards that he drilled. Kickers being taken in the draft aren't likely, and Sharp's sheer power will earn him a spot on someone's roster, but it'll be interesting to see if he's slow-played because of today.

Big Names In Attendance: Last season, former Denver Bronco great John Elway made an appearance at the 2012 OSU Pro Day to watch Brandon Weeden's performance, as well as Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier among other coordinators and coaches.

With the star power down in Stillwater this season, the big names didn't exactly flock to OSU. One made an appearance though, as "Mean" Joe Greene attended Pro Day as a scout for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Scouts in attendance (unofficially 23 teams): Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills, New York Giants, New Orleans Saints, Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos, San Diego Chargers, Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers, Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Houston Texans, New England Patriots, Oakland Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns.

Scouts not in attendance (unofficial): Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, Minnesota Vikings, St. Louis Rams, Arizona Cardinals, New York Jets, Detroit Lions, Cincinnati Bengals, Chicago Bears.

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