Wilson shows off power, speed during Pro Day

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OSU offensive lineman Johnny Wilson snaps during OSU Pro Day on Tuesday, March 10, 2020.

With his former teammates surrounding him, Johnny Wilson laid down to start his bench press.

NFL scouts, media personnel and Oklahoma State's trainers looked on as the former center started to pump the iron. 

Wilson's former teammates got louder with each rep of the 225-pound bar. They yelled at Wilson to push more as he climbed past 20 reps. 

Defensive tackle Mike Scott spewed many expletives to encourage his friend.

Wilson's face went beet red as he pushed until his arms gave out. 

He got up from the bench as a scout from the Green Bay Packers yelled out that Wilson had 28 reps. 

Wilson was happy with the performance, but thought that he could do more.

"I should've got 30 (reps)," Wilson said. "I rushed into 29 and I should've taken my time on 28 and knocked the last two out. But I was happy with it."

Before OSU's Pro Day on Tuesday, Wilson hadn't pushed himself to do more than 25 reps. 

While Pro Day can be stressful for some players, Wilson still had time to crack a couple jokes with his friends.

He also made a bet with former quarterback Dru Brown.

"I told (Brown) before we started I was like 'my goal is to beat you in broad jump and vertical," Wilson said. 

It was a friendly bet between a former QB and his center but Wilson knew he had no chance.

"Ya I don't know what he was thinking," Brown said. "He came up to me before and said that. I kinda just laughed at him for real. But Johnny moves really well for how big he is and it was kinda funny when he came up to me and said that."

Brown had the highest vertical jump of the day with 36 inches. Wilson slagged behind with a 27.5-inch vertical leap. 

Wilson said he wanted to show off his power and speed to the NFL scouts. 

"Everyone makes fun of my arms because they're short, but today I just wanted to go out and prove that they're short and they're strong," Wilson said. 

Wilson competed in speed drills such as the 40-yard dash, three-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle before moving onto position drills. He practiced his blocking alongside former Cowboy Marcus Keyes.

After the Pro Day, Wilson talked one-on-one with scouts. He was shy to share what they talked to him about but said he got some positive feedback. 

While Wilson played center this season, he also has experience at guard. He practiced both positions at the Hula Bowl in Hawaii and said he's fine playing either position.

"I don't care, I played tackle in high school, did two years of being a center and then my first starts were at guard," Wilson said. "I'm cool with doing whatever. Guard works for me. Center works for me. I just like playing football."

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