Pro Day - Oklahoma State

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

There was a large crowd on hand for the OSU pro day with Mike Tomlin, Ken Whisenhunt and Mike Shula being just a few in attendance.

Marcell Ateman was the big winner of the OSU receivers. He ran good routes, caught the ball extremely well and generally looked fluid. Whisenhunt was very complimentary of Ateman’s workout.

Those on hand tell me James Washington struggled. He dropped a number of passes, including a few which bounced off his hands on go routes. Washington did make one sensational grab over the middle of the field when he got vertical and snatched the ball from the air, drawing a rise from scouts on hand. While there are no true official numbers from the pro day, most who I spoke with tell me Washington did not get under 4.5 in the 40. His combine time was 4.54.

Chris Lacy fared much better. His 40 times ranged in the low-4.4s, with 4.41 being the fastest I’ve heard after his official 4.51 at the combine). While he dropped two passes, it was a plus day for the wideout. Scouts love Lacy’s upside and feel he’s a terrific developmental talent. 

It was also a good day for quarterback Mason Rudolph. The foot injury that kept him out of the Senior Bowl is healing ahead of progress, and Rudolph touched 28.5 inches in the vertical jump, 2.5 inches better than his combine mark. He looked good throwing from a simulated pocket, and unlike at the combine, his downfield tosses were accurate. I’m also told Rudolph came across very well in interviews. His hand measurement, which was 9-1/8 inches at the combine, is troublesome for a few and the comment was passed to me that “Rudolph will struggle in a bad-weather environment.” It’s not something I necessarily agree with, but it is worth noting.

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Safety Tre Flowers timed 7.10s in the three-cone and reached 10-foot-6 in the broad jump, the latter of which represented an improvement from his combine number. Several people told me Flowers looked very smooth and fluid for a taller defensive back.

I’m told Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin had dinner with Washington and Flowers last night. The Los Angeles Chargers also met with Flowers.

Sleeper safety Ramon Richards had a solid day. He measured 5-foot-11 and 188 pounds, and his marks included 35 inches on the vertical jump and 10-foot-3 in the broad jump. He looked good in drills, and Richards' film is impressive.

After the workout, the Houston Texans took Richards to be interviewed.


Receiver Chris Lacy was given a time of 4.37 on his initial 40 and did not run again. His vertical reached 35.5 inches.

James Washington was timed at 4.49 on his second attempt at the 40 after 4.55 on his first try. Washington did touch 39 inches in the vertical jump.

Neither linebacker Chad Whitener nor offensive lineman Aaron Cochran are listed on the OSU sheet as having participated in the workout.