As most of the participants in Oklahoma State's Pro Day went through the shuttle run, Quinn Sharp passed the time by booming a handful of practice field goals. Then he took a seat on the turf near the sideline.
He'd have to wait another hour before he could perform for scouts. And the result was a rare subpar showing for arguably the nation's best all-around collegiate kicker, as Sharp shanked more than one field goal and kickoff attempt.
Sharp verbalized his disappointment after the workout, but wouldn't blame it on the extended down time.
“It wasn't really the best part of the day,” Sharp said. “But you have games like that, too. You wake up in the morning and you've got night games. So you've got to be used to it, you've got to be prepared when the moment comes.”
Sharp said his exact niche in the NFL largely depends on where he ends up, and that individual workouts over the next few weeks should provide some clarity.
“(Those teams will) kind of target more areas of what they want me to do,” Sharp said.
COOPER BASSETT RETURNS TO RUNNING ROUTES
After three seasons as a Cowboy defensive lineman, Cooper Bassett spent Tuesday running routes on the field at Boone Pickens Stadium once again.
Bassett is attempting to make the transition back to tight end, the position he was recruited to play at OSU out of high school.
Bassett said he'll be forever grateful that former Cowboy defensive coordinator Bill Young allowed him to switch to defensive line after OSU underwent its offensive makeover — installing an Air Raid spread system that rarely utilizes a tight end — in 2010. But when scouts came to watch the Cowboys practice last season, strength and conditioning coach Rob Glass told Bassett they often asked if he had ever played tight end.
That first instilled the idea of trying to make it in the NFL at that position in Bassett's head. And he feels tight end is ultimately a better fit for his skill set.
“I feel defensive end is much more reactionary, whereas tight end's a little bit more controlled,” Bassett said. “Me being kind of a mental guy — definitely kind of specializing on the mental aspect of the game — I think that's going to help me convert to tight end.”
HUBERT ANYIAM HOPING FOR SECOND CHANCE AT NFL
Hubert Anyiam's pro day wardrobe included a Carolina Panthers shirt worn inside out, a sign of the former Cowboy wide receiver's brief NFL past that he's trying to rekindle.
Anyiam, who finished his OSU career in 2011, has often been hampered by injuries. That bad luck continued in the NFL when, after a brief stint in camp with the San Diego Chargers, Anyiam was waived by the Panthers in August following a hamstring injury.
So Anyiam came back to Stillwater, taking advantage of OSU's facilities and coaches during the training process. He said he's finally back to 100 percent healthy, and it showed with the day's best 40-yard dash time of 4.48 seconds.
He hopes that all leads to another shot at the NFL.
“I just feel like it's going to be a good journey this time,” Anyiam said. “…I wasn't about to give up over no injury. Unless a doctor told me to stop playing, that was the only way I was going to stop playing.
“If it's just a surgery here and the doctor told me I can get back to 100 percent and keep playing the sport I love, I'm gonna keep doing it. I feel like it's worth it in my head.”
*Scouts from 25 NFL teams attended Tuesday's workouts. One was Hall of Famer “Mean Joe” Greene, the former anchor of Pittsburgh's Steel Curtain defense.
*Doug Meacham, the former OSU inside receivers coach who was hired as Houston's offensive coordinator in January, was in attendance. So was new Cowboys' defensive backs coach Tim Duffie.
*Offensive lineman Lane Taylor earned one of the biggest applauses of the day when he completed 31 bench press reps of 225 pounds.