Thoughts and Analysis from Texas A&M's Pro Day

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Spor

On Wednesday, several former Texas A&M football players took part in a pro day workout in front of several NFL scouts and general managers.

Results from Texas A&M Pro Day are in:

NAME HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH VERTICAL BROAD JUMP 40 5-10-5 3 CONE LONG SHUTTLE
Full Participants
Askew, Nate 6' 3.3" 241 18 38 10' 6" 4.45 4.46 7.17 11.81
Jacobs, Tramain 6' 2.6" 182 7 32.5 9' 6" 4.45 4.3 7.02 11.89
Jenkins, Steven 5' 11.3" 216 16 28.5 9' 5" 4.76 4.42 7.22 11.82
Labhart, Travis 5' 9.3" 180 9 35.5 10' 1" 4.64 4.23 6.74 11.15
Malena, Ben 5' 8" 194 22 33.5 9' 3" 4.54 4.28 7.11 11.7
Walker, Derel 6' 1" 188 12 37.5 10' 6" 4.62 4.32 6.85 11.66
Limited Participants
Ennis, Kirby 6' 2.6" 308 27
Hicks, Nehemiah 6' 3.3" 263
Hurd Jr., Toney 5' 8.6" 185
Non-Participants (Matthews performed OL drills)
Evans, Mike
Manziel, Johnny
Matthews, Jake

Thoughts on these results:

  • Johnny Manziel and Mike Evans did not take part in today's activities, decreasing the numbers of scouts and general managers in attendance. Only three NFL teams had GMs on campus: Buffalo Bills, Pittsburgh Steelers, and St. Louis Rams. No NFL head coaches were in attendance. Both Johnny and Mike will be back at Texas A&M on March 27th to participate in their own special Pro Day.

  • Jake Matthews did workout today, however he let all of his NFL Combine testing numbers stand. Instead of being re-measured, he went through O-Line drills for the St. Louis Rams who own the 2nd overall pick in May. I think it is becoming clear that St. Louis will be deciding between Jake and Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson with that pick to help a depleted offensive line.

  • The player not invited to the NFL Combine who probably helped himself the most with today's performance was Nate Askew. Just read these stats: 4.45 40-yard dash (best at Combine by an LB was 4.51 from Kevin Pierre-Louis of Boston College), 38" vertical jump (would have ranked 6th best at Combine), and 10'6" broad jump (would have ranked 4th best at Combine). These numbers shouldn't be surprising; remember Askew was a freak WR coming out of San Antonio Madison and also a track star.

  • I think it is a real possibility Askew now gets selected in the 6th or 7th round of the NFL draft. Some NFL GM will think his team can develop Nate based on his physical abilities and the fact that he only played one year at LB for A&M. Meanwhile, Askew can be a special teams ace in kickoff/punt coverage earning him a spot on the 53 man roster and a nice paycheck. NFL teams are interested in Askew -- don't forget he played in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

  • Another player that has an outside shot at being a late round draft pick is wide receiver Derel Walker. I've said repeatedly that I think Walker will sign somewhere as an undrafted free agent and make an NFL team. Walker's career at A&M was underrated because he played on the opposite side of Mike Evans, but he caught almost everything thrown his way this past season and made a fantastic catch in the Chick-fil-A Bowl to haul in Johnny Manziel's last A&M touchdown.

  • Travis Labhart -- After Labhart ran a 4.64 40 yard dash while posting top numbers in the 3 cone and shuttle drills, message board posters everywhere are now vindicated for calling him "more quick than fast." No word yet on whether Travis was carrying his lunch pail with him today.

  • Another player no one is talking about who put up excellent numbers today is Tramain Jacobs. His 40 yard time would have put him 8th best at the NFL Combine among the cornerbacks, and his 3 cone drill time would have ranked 16th.

  • Finally, one of the biggest shocks from the posted numbers at today's pro day was Steven Jenkins' weight. He weighed in at 216 pounds. Now nobody thought Jenkins was a big guy, but this is someone who played as an SEC linebacker all of last year. At 216. It is not that far fetched to think Jenkins actually put on weight for this event (look at the 40 time), meaning he probably played the entire 2013 season at or below 210 pounds. Craig Loston, a safety for LSU this past year, weighed in at 217 pounds for the NFL Combine. We were playing someone with SEC safety size at linebacker last year folks. That should signal the transformation the A&M roster still has to undergo on the defensive side of the ball in the coming years. Still a long way to go.

Where They Stand

1st Round Draft Picks

Jake Matthews

Mike Evans

Johnny Manziel

Day Three Picks (4th to 7th Rounds) to Undrafted Free Agents

Nate Askew

Derel Walker

Ben Malena

Undrafted Free Agents

Tramain Jacobs

Steven Jenkins

Travis Labhart

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