Wednesday, March 27, 2013
LSU pro day observations
By Calvin Watkins
In Baton Rouge, La., LSU conducted it's annual pro day on Wednesday.
ESPNDallas.com didn't attend but we have a few results thanks to the LSU media relations staff.
*Safety Eric Reid is hoping he'll be the first safety taken in the draft. But Texas' Kenny Vaccaro has the same goal. Reid helped his cause by running a 4.50 40. It was slightly better than is combine time of 4.53. The Cowboys are in need of another young safety and some teams might like Vaccaro over Reid. Vaccaro looked good at Texas' pro day and ended any questions about a hip injury with his movements during position drills. But one agent said he thinks Reid will get drafted first.
*It was interesting to see cornerback Tyrann Mathieu arrive with some bulk at his pro day. Mathieu is 5-9, but weighed 186 at the combine. Wednesday afternoon, Mathieu was 194. He didn't run the 40, standing on his combine time of 4.50. Mathieu's off-the-field problems are an issue for some teams. The Cowboys don't have a need at corner. Yet, coach Les Miles has a good relationship with Cowboys GM Jerry Jones and if Mathieu's name is on the board in the third round maybe the Cowboys take a chance.
*Barkevious Mingo didn't bench press or run the 40, but he measured at 6-4, 237 pounds. The defensive end was an outstanding pas rusher in college and will play outside linebacker in the NFL. The Cowboys don't need Mingo in their 4-3 scheme. If the Cowboys had stuck with a 3-4 and let Anthony Spencer walk in free agency, would Mingo have been a nice selection?
*According to Dallas Cowboys.com Tom Ciskowski, the assistant director of player personnel and Drew Fabianich, the national scout, were in attendance. ... Last time the Cowboys drafted an offensive player from LSU was wide receiver/running back Skyler Green in the fourth round in 2006. Could running back Michael Ford be next. He impressed everyone with a solid 4.41 40 on Wednesday. In the combine, Ford ran a 4.50. At 5-10 and 206 pounds, Ford could be a nice little scat back for the Cowboys offense to compete with Lance Dunbar. ... Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, who attended Texas' pro day on Tuesday attended LSU's event. Saints coach Sean Payton was also in attendance at LSU.