Most attention at Oklahoma State’s Pro Day was centered on Justin Gilbert and Josh Stewart, but another player ensured scouts wrote his name down.
Forty-two NFL personnel, including Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, gathered to watch former Cowboys work out in hopes of impressing scouts and improving their chances of making it to the next level.
Both Stewart and Gilbert performed well, but safety Daytawion Lowe impressed so much that his name might be called come early May.
Lowe’s fastest 40-yard dash came in at 4.45 seconds, barely behind the fastest time by a safety at the NFL Combine this year.
Lowe also recorded a vertical leap of 37.5 inches, turning heads as he tries to make the jump to the NFL.
“I just like to jump; I’ve always been able to jump,” Lowe said. “I almost got there (to 38 inches). I’ll get there next time, if I get another chance.”
Defensive tackle Calvin Barnett, who is expected to go as a late-round pick on May 10, didn’t have the best of days.
“I feel like I did all right,” Barnett said. “I didn’t do anything special in my opinion. But I’m going to schedule another workout here soon in April, so I can get in better shape and try to do better.
Barnett bench-pressed only 20 reps of 225 pounds, but there’s more to his lackluster performance Thursday.
Barnett suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee in 2013 but played the rest of the season. Only recently has he had the chance to recover.
“(I played with it) since Kansas State,” Barnett said. “It’s the first time since the meniscus repair I’ve had, and I don’t feel like I’m in good enough shape with it yet.
“It has its days; some days you’re like ‘I can’t do it,’ but you still got to go to work.”
Chelf aims for pros
Clint Chelf burst onto the national scene when he won back the starting job at quarterback and led OSU to a 49-17 rout of Baylor in November.
Now, he’s hoping to land a spot in the NFL.
“I’ve been training in Tyler, Texas, been living with Charlie Moore,” Chelf said. “It’s a nice, free place to live. He’s been taking care of me, so it’s been pretty fun. I’ve been working out down there, working out in Dallas with a quarterback coach.”
Chelf isn’t expected to be drafted, but he might be picked up as a free agent. He’s already caught one team’s attention.
“One of the main teams I’ve talked to is the (Atlanta) Falcons,” Chelf said. “I’ve got a workout set up with them, so it’s exciting. They called me yesterday, so it was kinda like, ‘Wow, this is awesome.’”