STILLWATER — Oklahoma State's Pro Day at Boone Pickens Stadium Friday morning will likely be a spectacle as much as a series of workouts and drills performed by former Cowboys for NFL teams.
ESPN and NFL Network will both broadcast live from the day's activities. The event drew so much interest from media and NFL personnel that it had to be credentialed. Barricades will be set up in the weight room, and folks will not be allowed to freely roam the sidelines like in past years.
That's what happens when a top-10 pick (Justin Blackmon) and a top-tier quarterback (Brandon Weeden) come from the same school. But other OSU prospects, such as offensive lineman Levy Adcock and safety Markelle Martin, are also expected to participate in some fashion.
Here are five storylines to watch as OSU's draft hopefuls try to elevate their stock during Friday's workouts.
1. JUSTIN BLACKMON'S 40-YARD DASH TIME
A hamstring injury prevented Blackmon from running the 40 at the NFL Scouting Combine a couple weeks ago, which was the main thing scouts and other team personnel wanted to see him do in Indianapolis. He plans to run it Friday. That hamstring also seemed to affect Blackmon a bit during position drills at the combine. A healthy workout to complement his game film should cement Blackmon as a top-10 pick.
2. BRANDON WEEDEN'S ARM
Weeden was one of the quarterbacks that opted to throw at the combine, and his performance yielded mixed reviews. This time, he'll be chucking the ball to Blackmon and other OSU receivers he's familiar with. Like Blackmon, Weeden had a hamstring injury at the combine that prevented him from running and participating in the agility drills. It'll be interesting to see if he does those Friday.
3. MARKELLE MARTIN'S AND JOSH COOPER'S PARTICIPATION
Martin and Cooper both went to the combine but did not run the 40 or participate in position drills. Martin had a knee injury, but Cooper's reason for not participating is unknown. Martin is projected mid-to-late round pick, while Cooper is a borderline draft prospect.
4. WELCOME, LEVY ADCOCK AND GRANT GARNER
It's a bit surprising to think that All-American offensive linemen Levy Adcock and Grant Garner haven't yet participated in a postseason public workout or showcase for NFL personnel. Neither was invited to the combine. Adcock, who is projected to go in the middle rounds, was selected to play in the Senior Bowl but missed it because of a knee injury. Garner is a borderline draft prospect.
OSU, like most major programs, usually draws a lot of NFL personnel to its Pro Day. But more higher-ranking officials are expected to attend Friday, largely because of Blackmon and Weeden. Word is one team is sending virtually its entire coaching and front-office staff.