More than 20 players at least went through the measurement phase of Oklahoma's Pro Day on Wednesday at the Everest Training Center.
Plenty of the attention was on the performance of quarterback Landry Jones.
Jones did not participate in any of the skills testing portion of the event but did throw for the NFL scouts and executives in attendance.
All 32 NFL teams had at least one representative at the event.
After a rough start that included a wobbly deep ball, Jones settled in to his throwing session. He threw to receivers including fellow draft-eligible player Kenny Stills, former OU receivers Cameron Kenney and Mark Clayton and former San Diego State standout Brett Swain.
“That first ball didn't come out necessarily the way I wanted to but sometimes it happens on that deep ball stuff,” Jones said. “We got a good laugh out of it and once that was over, played ball and threw it well.
“I think it might've been just a little nerves. I tried to overthrow it.”
Jones' quarterback coach, George Whitfield, helped shape the agenda for Jones' Pro Day appearance.
“Today's workout was representative of what teams want to see,” Whitfield said. “Some of their questions about arm strength — you know, a guy's throwing 60-70 balls a game — they want to see his arm strength. They definitely wan to see his agility and mobility.”
Some of the drills had “defenders” putting simulated pressure on Jones with brooms.
Jones will be a first-round pick, Whitfield said.
“They may not have had the kind of season they wanted here at Oklahoma and Landry may not be the household name as some of his other counterparts are, but when they boil it all down to what's most important, he'll figure his way into the first round,” Whitfield said.
FORMER OU DB SMITH TAKES ADVANTAGE OF SECOND PRO DAY
Reggie Smith returned home after the Carolina Panthers cut him in late August.
“I've been working out a while, and teams haven't really been calling me,” the former Oklahoma defensive back said.
So the 2007 preseason Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year chose to work out for scouts Wednesday at Oklahoma's Pro Day, which went much better for Smith than his first one five years ago.
At Oklahoma's 2008 Pro Day, Smith leapt 39.5 inches in the vertical jump and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.65 seconds.
Wednesday, those numbers were 41 and 4.51, respectively.
“The first time I did it wasn't great,” Smith said. “So hopefully I got good numbers so I can get some more traffic running my way.”
Smith was drafted in the third round of the 2008 draft by the San Francisco 49ers, and played four seasons there, starting seven games in the 2010 season.
He signed with the Panthers last April but was cut just before the regular season began.
Other former Oklahoma players working out Wednesday were Brian Jackson, who last played for the St. Louis Rams, and Sam Proctor.
WORT TALKS ABOUT HIS DECISION TO LEAVE OU
Tom Wort shocked lots of people around Oklahoma when he decided to skip his senior season and declare for the 2013 NFL Draft.
Apparently, NFL coaches, scouts and executives were a little surprised, too.
Wort, who worked out Wednesday at Oklahoma's Pro Day, said talking to coaches at last month's NFL Scouting Combine was good because, “That really helped, being in front of them and kind of explaining things.”
Asked what he needed to explain, he responded, “Just explaining the reason I decided to come out.”
Wort said he left because he'd graduated and felt like this was his shot to fulfill his dream of playing in the NFL.
“The fact that I graduated was a huge part of it,” Wort said. “I came to OU to get a degree and play football, and just thought it was my time to take my shot at the next level.”
Wort was relatively open last season about his frustration in Mike Stoops' new defensive scheme, which often didn't include linebackers.
“I mean, somewhat,” Wort responded when asked if that played a role in his decision.
“For the most part, I just wanted to get to the next level. It's been my dream, and I had the opportunity. I got my degree, so I decided to take it.”
JEFFERSON LIMITED AFTER COMBINE INJURY
After suffering a hamstring injury at last month's NFL Combine, safety Tony Jefferson didn't go through all of the drills Wednesday, choosing to just go through the three-cone drill and 20-yard shuffle before participating in defensive back drills following Jones' throwing session.
Jefferson posted a 4.75 40 at the combine and did not make an attempt at the run Wednesday.
Jefferson said he's still “50-60” percent with his hamstring.
“I feel it whenever I move,” Jefferson said. “But I've never been that type of guy to blame it on something. I played injured all year and didn't complain. I wasn't supposed to compete at the combine really but I've always been the type of dude to push it and it bit me in the butt there.”
Jefferson said he didn't experience questions during the combine about his work ethic after a report emerged before the combine questioning his practice habits and attitude in the weight room.
“It calmed down pretty quick,” he said. “I went to the combine and the coaches had no idea that was even out.”
WORT AND KING SUFFER HAMSTRING INJURIES
Wort and defensive end David King strained hamstrings on each of their second 40-yard dash attempts Wednesday.
Wort ran a 4.78 at last month's NFL Scouting Combine, and improved that time to 4.75 on his first attempt Wednesday.
“It's just something silly. I've never hurt a hamstring, and to do it today … I'm a little frustrated about that,” said Wort, who also improved his number of bench press reps from 21 at the combine to 25 Wednesday.
King ran a 4.72 on his first 40-yard dash attempt, and tied for the most bench press reps with 27.
“It's a little stiff,” King said of the hamstring. “I'll be fine in a week or so.”