Had some other notes that I didn’t get to from the pro day. Onward.
1. Pittsburgh Steeler and former Georgia Tech B-back Jonathan Dwyer was watching the proceedings. Dwyer, who suffered a season-ending broken foot injury in December, said he is 100 percent and is running and cutting on it. He has been spending time here working out but said he’ll be going to go down to Orlando to work out with Tom Shaw.
Dwyer on playing pro ball: “It’s a business. It’s very serious, the fact that anything could happen with your career each and every day. Every day is an interview, even practice.”
On Roddy Jones: “The biggest thing about Roddy is his heart. He’s a fighter. He’s smart and intelligent. Whoever gives him an opportunity, they’ll have made the right choice, for sure.”
2. Wide receiver Tyler Melton said that he’s going to run at an NFL regional combine at the Falcons’ facility in Flowery Branch this weekend. It’s set up for aspiring draftees who didn’t get invited to the combine, particularly those who don’t have pro days. Top-performing players get invited to a super-regional combine in Detroit later this month.
Melton said he’s taken confidence from Demaryius Thomas and Kevin Cone making it to the NFL, and now Stephen Hill blowing it up in pre-draft workouts. What’s more, he’s heard encouraging words from Thomas and Cone.
“They all tell me that I’ve got it in me,” he said. “Just go out there and do what you know you can do.”
I’m not much of a judge, but the way he finished and the way he contributed on special teams makes me think he’s got a shot if he can get into a camp.
3. I wrote this in the notebook, but Jones said he looks at the New England Patriots running backs and thinks he could perform that role I their offense.
“I feel like the way Maurice Jones-Drew and Ray Rice run, I feel I could be that type of back,” he said. “They’re a little bit thicker than I am, but there’s certainly a lot of backs that I pull stuff from in the NFL and try to incorporate in my game, as well. I think that the style of running in the NFL suits me very well as opposed to a lot of the outside running we did here.”
Pretty steep comparisons, certainly, but an interesting observation. As they say, if you don’t believe in yourself, why should anyone else?
4. For what it’s worth, here’s how the players’ 40 times and bench-press reps of 225 pounds stacked up with those in the same position group from the combine. Bear in mind, it’s not entirely apples to apples (different setting, different people doing the timing) and not every player at the combine participated. Further, there’s plenty more players who weren’t at the combine who ran or will run faster (or slower) than the Tech players did earlier this week. Data from nfl.com.
Roddy Jones, 4.53, 14 – tied for 10th (out of 27 running backs, including Jones), tied for 21st (out of 22)
Embry Peeples, 4.50, 14 – tied for 9th, tied for 21st
Lucas Cox, 4.83, 26 – 25th, 3rd
Tyler Melton, 4.59, 16 – tied for 28th (out of 41 wide receivers), tied for 17th (out of 40)
Jason Peters, 4.83, 28 – 14th (out of 50 defensive linemen), tied for 18th (out of 46)
Logan Walls, 5.35, 24 – 44th, tied for 32nd
Rashaad Reid, 4.56, 11 ¾ – tied for 6th (out of 20 safeties), 18th (out of 19)
Steven Sylvester, 4.75, 23 – 16th (out of 29 linebackers), tied for 14th
Thanks for reading.
Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog