SMU Pro Day

John Murphy
March 2, 2007

Senior safety Joe Sturdivant posted between 4.60 and 4.72 in the 40; 4.39 in the short shuttle; 7.02 in the three-cone; a 33-inch vertical; a 9 feet, 4 inch broad jump; and 14 bench reps of 225 pounds. He weighed in at 6-foot-1/2 and 216 pounds. Known as an "in-the-box safety," Sturdivant has average foot speed, but good intangibles and some special teams ability. He's seen as a priority free agent by several teams, but lacks the straight-line speed to excel at the next level.

Senior defensive end Justin Rogers posted between a 4.72 and 4.80 40; 4.28 short shuttle; 7.32 three-cone; 34-inch vertical; 9'8" broad jump; and 18 bench reps. He weighed in at 6-3 1/4, 252. Rogers, who did positional drills as both a DE and LB, was a little stiff in transition, but plays hard and led the team in sacks. He recorded 1 1/2 sacks in the Texas vs. the Nation All-Star Challenge. He's a priority free agent on most boards as he could land a practice squad spot thanks to his pass rush skills.

Senior offensive tackle Darrin Johnson posted between a 5.10 and 5.22 40; 4.92 short shuttle; 8.08 three-cone; 28-inch vertical; 8'8" broad jump; and 14 bench reps. He weighed in at 6-4 5/8, 290. Johnson, used mostly on the left side, moves well for his size, but plays too upright and without great power or strength at the line of scrimmage. He's a decent free agent prospect without much upside.

Senior defensive tackle Adrian Haywood was unable to work out as he continues to rehab from a late-season shoulder injury. During the season, he showed good ability as an attacking one-gap interior lineman. He ran in the 5.00 range this last spring at roughly 6-2, 288 pounds.

Side note: The faster of the player times came with the wind, estimated at 10 mph on Wednesday. A total of 11 NFL teams attended the workout.

More Pro Day information

*Miami (Fla.) senior defensive tackle Kareem Brown intends to perform a full workout for scouts at the school's pro day Saturday as he skipped the workout portion of the combine.

Senior running back Tyrone Moss and senior wide receiver Ryan Moore are expected to re-run the 40-yard dash. Most of the other available prospects may perform positional drills, but seem set to rely on the results they recorded at the NFL Scouting Combine. That group includes junior tight end Greg Olsen, junior linebacker Jon Beason, senior defensive back Brandon Meriweather and senior defensive lineman Baraka Atkins.

*NW Mississippi CC junior defensive tackle Walter Thomas plans to hold his pro day at Mississippi State, according to his head coach Randy Pippin, but is also in the process of soliciting the chance to work out at one of the three pro days held in the Houston Metro area (Houston, Rice or Texas Southern). The 6-3 1/4, 370-pound interior defender has drawn a lot of attention since initially hitting the scene at the Texas vs. the Nation All-Star Challenge last month. He showed very good quickness off the ball and balance for a player of his size and was much better in the 1-on-1 drills as his brute strength and raw skills jumped out at scouts. His position coach that week, Lance Botkin, said that Thomas has very good upside if he can continue to learn and make better use of his hands to shed blocks and drop down to the 350-355 pound range.

Fellow junior defensive end/linebacker DeVon Hicks, who also made himself eligible for the draft, will also be using that day to impress scouts. He was the defensive MVP of the Mississippi JC All-Star Game and recorded 86 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 10 sacks and five forced fumbles this past season. Hicks has more of a 3-4 OLB body-type (6-2, 254) and some local evaluators have said he was timed in the 4.5 range back in his prep days.