STILLWATER — When Oklahoma State’s Josh Stewart declared for the NFL Draft in January, it was a puzzling decision to some.
Stewart said scouts projected he would go in rounds 4-7. He said he thought he could improve his stock with predraft workouts.
But after the NFL Scouting Combine on Feb. 22, Stewart’s hopes were in jeopardy. His official 40-yard dash time was 4.69 seconds. It ranked 43rd out of 45 receivers.
Known for his shiftiness in the slot at OSU, Stewart was convinced he could do better at the Cowboys’ Pro Day on Thursday.
“I was disappointed a little,” Stewart said of his Combine performance. “You always want to do better. That’s why we had (pro day), to come out here and better what I did in the combine.”
With his girlfriend and young son watching on Thursday, Stewart accomplished his goal.
He ran the 40 in 4.59, and his 20-yard shuttle time was a solid 4.32. He also impressed in position drills.
Teammate Deion Imade said the Combine performance motivated Stewart to be better.
“We talked a little bit in the weightroom after he came back from the Combine and everything,” Imade said. “He was eager to come out here and show everybody his best, and it looked like he did that.”
BreAnna Young, Stewart’s girlfriend, said the Combine’s atmosphere was motivation enough.
Stewart took his EKG test next to top prospect Johnny Manziel, worked out on a grueling schedule and interviewed with NFL teams. Stewart realized how special the experience was.