On LSU’s annual Pro Day, 16 former Tigers got one more chance to audition in front of NFL coaches and scouts one month before the NFL Draft including New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick, who made an appearance in Baton Rouge to see some of the Tigers run through various drills.
Overall, there were a lot of big winners today with arguably the biggest winner being Jarrick Bernard-Converse after he was snubbed from being invited to the NFL Combine. Not earning an invitation certainly lighted fuel to the fire for the former Oklahoma State transfer. He opened a lot of eyebrows running an electric 4.40 and having an incredible 42″ vertical jump. In fact, that vertical would have tied for first among all defensive backs if he would have entered the NFL Combine. His numbers would also have been top five at the NFL Combine for his position in the bench press, 3-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle. A performance like the one he showed at the Tigers’ indoor facility may skyrocket his stock when it comes to the Draft and because of that, Converse is pleased with the performance that he put on.
“This is what I have been training for since January. It is very important for me to come out here and showcase what I can do. It shows that my training has paid off. I am just thankful for the process.”LSU CB Jarrick Bernard Converse on his combine performance
Converse was not the only LSU defensive back that had a great day. Colby Richardson consistently was the only other player to run in the 4.4’s by running a 4.48. Mekhi Garner showed his leaping ability and athleticism by impressing in the position group drills while also having a 38.5″ vertical. Jay Ward had the longest broad jump of the day with 11’1″ and then finally, both Todd Harris Jr. and Joe Foucha looked fluid in the defensive back drills.
Two of the names that are projected to go the highest in the draft out of this group are BJ Ojulari and Kayshon Boutte. Despite injuring his hamstring, Ojulari still came out today and did his best in position drills and even participated in some events including the vertical, broad jump, and three cone drill. Ojulari looks bigger, stronger, and is prepared to go through the NFL Draft process thanks to advice that was given by his older brother Azeez Ojulari, who was recently a first round draft pick by the New York Giants coming out of Georgia.
“He has told me to enjoy the moment, be in the moment, take as much knowledge as I can from each interview and the whole process. Unfortunately, he did not go through the combine because of COVID so that’s an experience that he didn’t get to experience. That’s basically what he told me and to get adjusted to the speed of the game. From there, it is just playing the game of football that I have played my entire life.”LSU DE BJ Ojulari on advice his older brother Azeez Ojulari has given him throughout the NFL Draft Process
Meanwhile, wide receiver Kayshon Boutte decided to not participate in the combine and stuck with the original numbers he registered at the NFL Combine, but he did partake in the position drill workout. Boutte still showed some incredibly quick feet, ran great routes, and did not drop a ball.
At linebacker, Mike Jones Jr. had a great outing at the bench press by getting in 25 reps of 225 pounds, and Micah Baskerville excelled with his positional workouts showing great hands.
There were some participants that got their measurables for the most part in Ali Gaye and Anthony Bradford, but just wanted to see if they improved on those numbers after going through all of the events at the NFL Combine. Another player that is projected with a third round grade and participated in the NFL Combine is defensive lineman Jaquelin Roy, who got a lot of eyes on him today and took advantage of all the reps that were given to him as the only player there at his position.
In the end, the LSU Pro Day served as another opportunity for the NFL coaches to take one more look at all of the former Tigers that not only have the talent, but worked for the dream to one day add themselves to the fraternity of NFLSU. Safe to say, these Tigers did just that.
See all of the full results below!
|NAME||HT.||WT.||ARM||HAND||WING||BENCH||BROAD||VERTICAL||40-YD (1)||40-YD (2)||3-CONE||20 SHUTTLE|
|Sevyn Banks||6’0 3/4||202||30.75||9.25||76.25|
|Micah Baskerville||6’0 3/8||224||31.375||9.5||78.25||18||9’7″||35.5||4.75||4.81||7.75||4.78|
|Jarrick Bernard-Converse||6’0 3/4||196||32.25||9.75||79.125||16||10’6″||42||4.42||4.40||7.01||4.28|
|Kayshon Boutte||5’11 1/4||197||31.375||9.75||77.375||7.08|
|Anthony Bradford||6’3 7/8||337||33||9.5||81|
|Joe Foucha||5’9 7/8||198||30.125||9.125||74||13||9’11”||35.5||4.69||4.70||7.32||4.53|
|Mekhi Garner||6’0 1/4||211||32||9.625||77.625||12||10’5″||38.5||6.88||4.28|
|Ali Gaye||6’5 5/8||33.5||9.125||81.25||19|
|Todd Harris Jr.||5’10 3/4||186||29.375||8.75||73.125||15||9’11”||31||4.69||4.68||7.52||4.68|
|Jaray Jenkins||6’1 3/8||203||31.5||9.875||75.375||9’8″||30.5||7.35||4.53|
|Mike Jones Jr.||5’11 1/2||227||32||10||79.25||25||9’9″||33||4.74||4.73||7.2||4.57|
|Colby Richardson||6’0 1/8||186||31.125||8.75||76||6||10’2″||34||4.48||4.48||7.03||4.41|
|Jaquelin Roy||6’3 1/4||297||32.25||10.5||80.875||DNP||26||5.19||5.13||7.95||4.75|
|Jay Ward||6’0 5/8||189||32.25||8.5||77.25||11’1″||36||7.31||4.36|
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