Four Mississippi State players participated in the annual NFL Combine, which concluded today in Indianapolis. Offensive tackle Derek Sherrod wrapped up his four days there on Saturday, while defensive end Pernell McPhee and linebackers Chris White and K.J. Wright finished up Monday.
I got Sherrod and White on the phone this afternoon to talk about the experience. Both feel they did well. Sherrod is projected as a late-first, early-second round pick, while White (who led MSU in tackles and sacks) is expected to go in the later rounds.
Let’s hear first from Sherrod.
• Was it what you expected it to be? “It was just what I expected it to be. Just a huge job interview, that’s how we all took it. You’ve got to take that stuff seriously.”
• Where did you excel? “Pretty much my interviews, all the physical, athletic aspect of it. I trained hard and prepared very well for those.”
• Are you the best left tackle in the draft? “I think I’m the best left tackle in this draft. Just playing in the SEC has really helped me, because that’s the best conference in college football, best athletes. That’s the next best thing when it comes to preparation for the NFL.”
• How’d the Wonderlic test go? “It’s a very interesting test. Everything you hear about it, it’s definitely different. Figuring out different shapes. It kind of varies what all the questions – numerical questions, you could find difference between words, all kinds of stuff.” Sherrod thinks he did pretty well, and he probably did, considering he was one of 16 National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete.
Now, let’s hear what White had to say.
• Was it what you expected it to be? “I knew it was going to be busy, because after the Senior Bowl I got a good feel of it of what it was supposed to be like. … I talked with (ex-MSU teammate) Jamar Chaney before I went, so he kind of gave me the heads up on it, too.
“He just said it’s a long four days. He said he was excited about going there, but as soon as he got there he was ready to leave. That’s kind of how everybody is. It’s kind of a gauntlet. As soon as you get there, you’re just like, holy cow, this is a lot.“
• Where did you excel? “I thought I ran a 40 pretty good. I was happy with the 40.” White ran it in 4.68 seconds.
• How did the team interviews go? “I think it went pretty well. … I walked away feeling pretty good about knowing defenses and things like that.”
• How’d the Wonderlic test go? “I feel like I did pretty well. I think it was kind of a whole new Wonderlic thing. I took one at the Senior Bowl, and this new one that they gave us was kind of different, but I think I did pretty well on it.”
Now the former Bulldogs will prepare for a March 10 pro day at MSU, and beyond that, it’s a matter of staying in shape until the April 28 draft.
All four players are represented by agent Bus Cook, who also repped Brett Favre and has several ex-Bulldogs among his client list.