Thursday, March 10, 2011
Cowboys, Aggies host pro days
By David Ubben
Von Miller "officially" ran a 4.53 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine last month, despite clocking a 4.46 in his first run that would have been the best mark among linebackers.
Miller got another chance on Wednesday at Texas A&M's pro day, and officially clocked a 4.50 40-time that would have been just .01 behind Martez Wilson's 4.49 time as the best among linebackers.
At the combine he solidified his status as a sure top-10 pick, and he was impressive again on Wednesday.
"Is there anything else anyone wants?" Miller said while smiling, according to a release. "I’m ready to keep going. Whatever they want, I’m ready to do it."
Miller improved his time in the 40-yard dash, the three-cone drill and the 20-yard shuttle.
Texas A&M quarterback Jerrod Johnson also showcased his throwing arm, which scouts haven't seen much of since Johnson was benched midway through the season after being unable to fully recover from offseason shoulder surgery.
"I’m ready to go. I’m about healed," Johnson said. "I’m ready to get back on a team, so I’m looking for somebody to give me the opportunity and I’ll make the most of it. I say I’m about 95 percent healed (from shoulder surgery). I’m about ready to go. I still need some strengthening, but I’m fine.
Representatives from 14 NFL teams were on hand in College Station.
Representatives from 22 teams were in Stillwater to see Oklahoma State, where a pair of defensive linemen stole the show.
Defensive end Ugo Chinasa ran 40-yard dash times of 4.78 and 4.76, which would have ranked ninth among defense ends at the combine. Defensive tackle Shane Jarka bench pressed 225 pounds 34 times, which would have ranked fourth at the combine.
Linebacker Orie Lemon also improved his 40-time from 4.99 at the combine to 4.76 on Wednesday. He still would have been outside the top 15 with the 4.76 time, but it helped show scouts he's not nearly as sluggish as he looked in Indianapolis. He had 133 tackles in 2010, second-most in the Big 12.