More from Tech pro day


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

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

22 comments Add your comment

FL Jacket

March 8th, 2012
2:08 pm

Roddy Jones definitely has that Kevin Faulk type skill set. Can run on the edge, can catch the ball anywhere on the field, and can block. I’m confident he’ll make an NFL roster as a 3rd down back.

Nice to see JD back at Tech…


March 8th, 2012
2:11 pm


March 8th, 2012
2:34 pm

Numbers question – how can you have Embry tied for 9th at Pro Day, and Roddy tied for 10th? If two guys are tied for 9th, isn’t the next guy 11th?


March 8th, 2012
2:35 pm

Sorry – just realized what you’re doing. My bad!!

Ken Sugiura

March 8th, 2012
2:44 pm

sorry if that was unclear. the ranks are as though the one player was added to the combine.

FL Jacket

March 8th, 2012
2:53 pm


Do you get a sense that these Pro Days are more to scout the main attraction of Stephen Hill or to get closer looks at later-round draft picks or undrafted Free Agents? Or did many scouts come to see if SH could validate his Combine performance?

George Stein

March 8th, 2012
2:55 pm

Maybe if Jon Dwyer wasn’t playing in a high school offense for the Steelers, he wouldn’t have to go get coached by someone down in Florida! Wait, what?

FL Jacket

March 8th, 2012
3:10 pm


Apparently Tom Brady also gets terrible coaching at New England and he also has to go down to Florida to get trained…

George Stein

March 8th, 2012
3:13 pm

Bill Belichick = HORRIBLE COACH


Ken Sugiura

March 8th, 2012
3:18 pm

FL Jacket – it was mostly for Hill. the turnout would have been much smaller if hill hadn’t been working out.
funny, george.

Geaux Tigers

March 8th, 2012
3:23 pm

Kevin faulk like skill set? Lets compare Faulks collegiate career to Roddys.Perhaps you could find a more apt comparison.
Faulk was All sec 3 tiems and All american
Faulk holds the following school records at LSU:
LSU career all-purpose records
Most career all-purpose yards (6,833)
LSU career scoring records
2nd most points scored in a career (318 points)
[edit]LSU career rushing records
Most career rushing yards (4,557 yards)
Best career yard-per-rush average (5.32 yards per rush)
Best career yard-per-game average (111.2 yards per game)
Most career rushing touchdowns (46)
Most career 100-yard-rushing games (22)
Most career 200-yard-rushing games (4)
Most career 1,000-yard seasons (3)
Faulk was also one of the best kick returners in LSU’s history with 832 yards and 2 touchdowns on punt returns and 884 yards and 1 touchdown on kickoff returns.
Roddy Jones 1846 career rushing yardage 413 receiving yards


March 8th, 2012
3:40 pm

while the 40 yard dash speed of the gt players looks good on average, they aren’t really burning it up on the bench press reps at 225#s, are they?

makes me wonder if gt could use a fresh look at their strength and conditioning program.

FL Jacket

March 8th, 2012
3:47 pm

Wow Geaux Tigers…

You’d figure with a resume like that Kevin Faulk should have been a feature back at the next level instead of a 3rd down back…instead of a constant backup to Corey Dillon, Sammy Morris, BJGE, etc…

George Stein

March 8th, 2012
4:00 pm

Legit point, www. Meyer made it a huge thing when he got hired at Ohio State. Wonder if there’s anything we can do better.

Geaux Tigers

March 8th, 2012
4:12 pm

Wonder what thats going to make a talent like Jones? Think Roddy will play 13 seasons in the NFL?
Rice or MJ Drew give the kid credit for dreaming big.

Uh, Geaux Tigers...

March 8th, 2012
4:37 pm

…Roddy said “he looks at the New England Patriots running backs and thinks he could perform that role I their offense”. Emphasis is on “thinks he could perform THAT ROLE IN THEIR OFFENSE”. He siad nothing about comparing himself to Faulk either as a pro or as a collegian.

AND, Ken added “Pretty steep comparisons, certainly, but an interesting observation. As they say, if you don’t believe in yourself, why should anyone else?”

So, geaux back to Baton Rouge and continue licking your wounds from the MNC game, and leave the analysis to the Techsters…

Uh, Geaux Tigers...

March 8th, 2012
4:40 pm

…and, yes, I know FL Jacket is the one who said Roddy had Faulk’s skill set, and by the way he explained it, he may be right, and agian, no one compared him to Faulk except you…

FL Jacket

March 8th, 2012
5:27 pm


Thinking you’re Cajun is no reason to misspell a word…

Drayson Burns

March 9th, 2012
10:05 am

First, Roddy was recurited as a tail back, not a “A” back. But then when Johnson came in and asked him to switch to “A” back and run on the corners, he learned and did what was asked of him. He didn’t transfer he did what was best for the team. Not to mention he was asked to return kicks, return punts, be on the kickoff team, the punt team and was the back up long snapper!! We never got a chance to see him run north south like he was recurited for. And he only started 52 games!!!
Oh, I forgot to mention that he was the best blocker coming out of the backfield.

Monty Burns

March 11th, 2012
1:53 pm

Release the hounds!


March 11th, 2012
4:07 pm

I agree with www. Looks like we need to look closer at the strength and conditioning program. I think how they ranked shows a need for a fresh approach. If defensive linemen can’t break through and consistantly put pressure on the opposing QB, we won’t get any better. If we keep doing the same things we have always done, we can expect to continue to get the same sad results.

They may not have the size, but the strength side of the equation should and can be addressed. Improvement in that area could pay big dividends in getting more 3 and outs instead of getting pushed around and allowing QB’s way too much time to throw the ball.

scot poore

March 12th, 2012
4:53 am

www and you other knuckleheads….who cares how much you can bench press 225? I would like to know how much they can power clean and squat before I judge the strength and conditioning program.