The Oklahoma State weightroom was mostly quiet as players tested their verticals at Pro Day on Thursday.
Then Daytawion Lowe jumped.
The room exploded with noise as teammates reacted to his first leap and pumped him up for a second attempt.
Lowe ended up with the day’s best vertical at 37½ inches.
Lowe, an All-Big 12 pick at safety, later ran a 4.45 in the 40-yard dash. Only one safety ran a faster time at the NFL Scouting Combine last month in Indianapolis.
On a day 26 players worked out, Lowe’s showing grabbed the most attention. If Lowe has his way, that attention won’t be limited to Stillwater.
“I hope so,” said Lowe, a former Carl Albert High standout. “It’s hard to tell with what everyone is doing throughout the country. But that was my goal, to move up today.”
BARNETT FIGHTING MENISCUS TEAR
Defensive tackle Calvin Barnett fought through pain Thursday, but it was nothing new.
Barnett revealed Thursday he tore his left meniscus and continued to play after Oklahoma State’s game against Kansas State on Oct. 5.
Barnett said he had surgery Jan. 10 and has been recovering since.
Despite being at only 80 percent, Barnett gave Pro Day a shot. He said he plans to schedule another organized workout in April.
But Barnett did show scouts one impressive trait.
“Dedication,” Barnett said.
“I really shouldn't have been doing these drills and I shouldn't have run, but I did that for them to show that I can fight through things.”
GILBERT DOESN’T RUN
To no surprise, cornerback Justin Gilbert sat out of most Pro Day workouts.
Analysts consider Gilbert the No. 1 corner in the draft, and his numbers in February’s NFL Scouting Combine back that up. Gilbert’s 4.37 in the 40-yard dash was the fourth-best overall time.
For that reason, Gilbert had nothing to gain Thursday. He only participated in position drills.
“I wanted to (run), but my agent said my time was pretty good at the Combine and I didn’t need to run,” Gilbert said. “I relaxed a little bit today.”
ELKINS, EPSTEIN RETURN FOR WORKOUT
Former OSU players Alex Elkins and Evan Epstein returned to OSU for Pro Day.
Elkins spent the 2013 training camp with the Detroit Lions, and Epstein was briefly with the Miami Dolphins.
“I think they got in the league and realized that if they pushed just a little harder, they could get back in there,” offensive lineman Parker Graham said.