A.J. Green left Indianapolis disappointed and injured.
The former cornerback on the Oklahoma State football team was hopeful to show off his talents at the NFL Combine. However, a lower back injury during the bench press hindered his performance in the rest of the drills.
“(The combine) was a great experience but it was long, it was taxing on the body,” Green said. “I took some days off after the combine to recover, some technical things and just come out here and dominate.”
After Green’s dissatisfying combine performance, he had one last chance to show off his talents at OSU’s Pro Day on Tuesday.
Green competed in the broad and vertical jump but chose to not do the bench press. He did 13 reps at the combine and felt that was enough to not do it again on Pro Day.
Green said his 40-yard dash was the most important part of his workout.
He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.62 seconds at the combine and was tied for third to last among defensive backs. But his performance greatly suffered because of the lower back injury.
When Green lined up for the dash in OSU’s Sherman E. Smith Training Center, he knew it was all or nothing.
“(I) just focused, just locked in,” Green said. “It was one of the last shots to run my 40 ever again so I just had to make it count.”
Green sprinted off the line and raced down the turf before passing scouts from all 32 NFL teams.
There was no official time but Green said the scouts clocked him in at high 4.4 seconds.
It was a huge improvement from his time at the combine and one that could make the difference between where Green could be potentially drafted.
Green said he heard good things from the scouts after his run.
“I have great hips, I’m fluid things like that,” Green said. “They wanted to see my speed.”
After he did the 20-yard shuttle and three-cone drills, Green went with former teammate Bryce Balous for defensive back drills. He also worked on some route running with quarterback Dru Brown.
Brown didn't see much of Green's performance but he was impressed with the cornerback's performance.
"He looks smooth," Brown said. "He always been really good."
Green spent most of his time at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, ahead of the combine and will return there to train before the NFL Draft in April.
“It’s something I’ve been working for my whole life, ever since I was a little toddler,” Green said. “You’re almost at the finish line now so keep going.”