By Paul Jones
STARKVILLE – Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen felt like a proud father Thursday at the Bulldogs’ on-campus pro day. The head coach was able to watch his former players perform in front of numerous NFL scouts inside the Palmeiro Center and said it was an enjoyable experience.
With the exception of Arizona and Seattle, all of the NFL teams were represented at Mississippi State’s Pro Day.
“It’s a lot of fun,” said Mullen of pro day. “We go back to recruiting these guys as young guys and here they are getting to fulfill their dream and the opportunity to go on and play professional football. You’ve been there with these guys and you take a lot of pride in what they’ve done.
“We treat them like they are our own kids. So it is fun to watch and fun to watch them compete and hopefully, go live their dream.”
A lot of attention Thursday was focused on former Bulldogs such as Dak Prescott, Chris Jones, Beniquez Brown, Taveze Calhoun and De’Runnya Wilson. All five were also at the NFL combine last month in Indianapolis and were in more of a familiar setting on Thursday.
Several players like Prescott and Jones opted not to run the forty again. For Prescott, he felt good about his day. Afterwards he was in talks with scouts from Dallas, Carolina and Pittsburgh among others.
“It was a solid performance, I guess,” said Prescott. “I think I did a good job transitioning my body weight from under the center to my throws. I missed a couple of throws I wanted to have back.”
Concerning his day inside the Palmeiro Center, Jones felt good about his showing and met with the New York Jets among other teams after the event.
“It went well and I worked hard,” said Jones, a former Houston High School standout. “That’s what they wanted to see from me and see me work hard and finishing the drills. So I think it went well.
“Even when I am tired they want to see me finish every drill and make sure I pay attention to the small details. They want to see how you do when you are tired and over-worked and see if you can still pay attention to the smaller things.”
For those who did participate in the forty and other testing drills, there was improvement made from the NFL Combine. Calhoun had a 35.5 vertical and a broad jump of nine feet and eight inches at Pro Day, bettering the numbers he posted at NFL Combine where he had a 33.5 vertical and a broad jump of nine feet and two inches.
For Brown, he posted a 4.65 forty time and that was down from his 4.77 time at the NFL Combine.
The same could be said for Wilson, who ran a 4.78 forty at Pro Day compared to the 4.85 he posted at the NFL Combine.
Ryan Brown, Will Redmond and Joe Morrow attended Pro Day but did not participate in drills due to rehabbing injuries. Former Bulldog Curtis Virges, who last played at Mississippi State in 2014, had the best showing on the bench press (225) pounds with 29 reps.
About Logan Lowery
I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.