Cal's NFL Hopefuls Work Out In Front of Scouts on Pro Day

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Jahvid Best warmed up with some light jogging before the Cal football team's Pro Timing Day on Wednesday. He then spent the rest of the event in sweat pants and a sweatshirt, standing on the Memorial Stadium sidelines.

"There's only one running backs coach here and he said he'd seen everything at the (NFL) Combine, so I didn't need to do anything else," Best said.

Fourteen former Bears players showed at Pro Day, hoping to improve their draft stock in the eyes of a group of NFL scouts through agility, speed and position drills. The most promising feedback went to the two players-Best and defensive end Tyson Alualu-who were told that they didn't need to run.

Best said he showed up expecting to participate in position drills, but acknowledged that not having to work out was a form of "good news." His only test Wednesday morning consisted of stepping onto a scale in Cal's weight room. He passed, weighing in at an even 200 pounds-one pound heavier than he was at last month's NFL Combine.

At the Combine, Best clocked the fastest time among running backs in both the 40-yard dash (4.35 seconds) and the three-cone drill (6.75). Maybe more importantly, he said that all medical examinations came back positive. As he predicted when he declared for the NFL Draft on Jan. 2, there were no problems with lingering effects from the concussion that he sustained last year, which cut his junior season short.

"Going into the Combine, a lot of teams felt like I still had a concussion," he said. "They didn't know that I got cleared from it. So that was good news, and everything else checked out fine."

Alualu did the shuttle run but was held out of the 40-yard dash by his agent and the coaches in attendance because his time at the Combine surpassed expectations. He said that scouts at the Combine were expecting him to run a 4.9 or 5-flat, and that he recorded a 4.87.

Cornerback Syd'Quan Thompson, on the other hand, needed a good showing in the speed and agility drills but aggravated a hamstring injury and sat out the majority of the event.

The biggest knock against Thompson has been a lack of speed, and the fact that he did not run at all at the Combine hasn't helped. Thompson injured his hamstring during a practice for the Senior Bowl in January, and it has bothered him off and on since then.

About 15 yards into his first 40-yard dash on Wednesday, Thompson pulled up and walked back to the starting line, trying to loosen the hamstring. He did complete two timed 40s, but opted not to do the shuttle run or three-cone drill.

"I thought that the more I warmed up (yesterday) the better it would be," he said. "When I started running, I took a hard push and it just locked up like a fist."

Thompson guessed that his lower time was around 4.6 seconds.

Asked what he thinks he can run when healthy, he replied: "Faster."


Contact Matt Kawahara at [email protected]

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