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.”