Linebacker Orie Lemon ran a disappointing 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine clocking 4.99, but the All-Big 12 linebacker improved his time running a 4.87 in the 40 during Oklahoma State pro day on Wednesday morning at Boone Pickens Stadium.
“I just tried to do better than I did at the combine,” Lemon said. “A week before the combine, I tweaked my hamstring, so the combine was actually my first time back running full (speed).”
In addition to his one 40-yard dash, Lemon did record a 9-foot, 5-inch broad jump and 31-inch vertical before tweaking the injury again.
“The numbers are the numbers,” Lemon said. “If they want me to run it again, I'll work on my hamstring, then run it again.”
Bowling was arguably the most impressive Cowboy on Wednesday with strong showings during all of the drills. The Tonkawa native led the way with a 35.5-inch vertical leap the best of the day and also had a strong 40-yard dash with various times ranging from 4.43-4.52.
Bowling also recorded a 9-foot, 7-inch broad jump and 16 reps of 225 in the bench press.
JARKA BENCHES PERSONAL BEST
Shane Jarka had an impressive showing during the bench press. The defensive tackle had 34 reps of 225 pounds, a personal best in front of the NFL Scouts. Jarka played injured for much of his senior season, finishing with 13 tackles.
BACK TO HIS ROOTS
Lemon went back to his high school days at Houston (Texas) Yates, throwing passes to running back Kendall Hunter and receiver Bo Bowling during OSU's Pro Day. Lemon was a quarterback at Yates before moving to linebacker for the Cowboys.
“It wasn't a big deal,” Lemon said. “I had an arm in high school and I haven't lost it.”
Lou Groza Award winner Dan Bailey worked out for the scouts, performing several punts and kicks during the workout... Defensive end Ugo Chinasa was solid, running good times in the 40-yard dash. His times ranged from 4.65 to 4.76. ...Chinasa also recorded a 4.58 short shuttle. ... Cornerback Andrew McGee, who has been dealing with a hamstring injury, ran a 4.77 in the 40-yard dash.