NORMAN — Oklahoma will hold its Pro Day on Wednesday morning inside its indoor complex. Some former Sooners will look to improve on what they did at last month's NFL Combine in Indianapolis; others might stand pat. Either way, expect every NFL team to be represented as 18 players work out for the scouts. Here are some things to anticipate during the day.
The Combine went far from ideally for former OU defensive standouts Frank Alexander and Travis Lewis.
Alexander wasn't allowed to take part in the athletic portions after he was believed to have a heart condition. Turns out, he does not have one — which is good for Alexander on multiple levels. The 2011 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year is expected to be a full participant in Pro Day, and it becomes vitally important for him to provide an impression for scouts.
The same goes for Lewis, who bailed out of the Combine after a shaky 40 time (in the 4.90 neighborhood). Lewis' draft stock has been slipping since last summer. Can he stop it with a decent showing at OU, or will he tumble off the board completely?
Who will do what?
With so many former Sooners posting good-to-great marks at the Combine, perhaps some will take a pass on some of the drills Wednesday.
For instance, don't expect Donald Stephenson to run the 40, considering his 4.91-second time was the best of any offensive lineman. The same goes for tight end James Hanna, who ran a faster time in Indy than a lot of receivers.
Cornerback Jamell Fleming tested about as well as he could, but he might again opt to run the 40.
Broyles' progress report
With each week, receiver Ryan Broyles moves closer to full strength, so there's bound to be improvement just in the time since the Combine a couple of weeks back.
How much Broyles will do is unclear, but he might feel up to a bit more than he did in Indy. The more he can demonstrate his surgically repaired knee is healing, the more a team might take a chance on him earlier in the draft.
In addition to those who suited up for OU in 2011, the school has given permission to alums Cam Kenney and Ryan Reynolds to participate Wednesday.
Reynolds, a linebacker, has dealt with a number of knee injuries, but he wants to give it one more go at the professional level.
Additionally, two non-OU players, Chika Madu (Nicholls State) and tight end Andrew Rogers (Western Carolina), will participate. Madu is the younger brother of former Sooner and current Tampa Bay running back Mossis Madu.
Technological window to Pro Day
If you cannot get enough of this kind of stuff, the school's athletics website, SoonerSports.com, has set up a live webcast that begins at 9 a.m.