Pro-Day Report - Louisiana Tech

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

There was a huge crowd on hand for Louisiana Teach's pro day, as almost 50 scouts, coaches and coordinators -- representing all of the league’s 32 teams -- showed up to watch defensive end Jaylon Ferguson. The top-45 pick did not disappoint.

We’ve documented Ferguson’s story at length in the lead-up to the combine, so interest in today’s workout was no surprise.

Ferguson measured 6043 and 271 pounds, timed as fast as 4.75 seconds in the 40 on several watches and touched 32 inches in the vertical jump and 9-foot-10 in the broad. He also completed 24 reps on the bench press with arms that measured 34-1/4 inches.

Ferguson was run through defensive line and linebacker drills and looked terrific in both. He moved exceedingly well and did not drop a ball during linebacker drills.

Ferguson presently has more than 20 official predraft visits. On Sunday, I posted he was set to have one-on-one meetings with the Kansas City Chiefs, New York Giants and Buffalo Bills leading up to his pro day. I learned he also met with the Houston Texans and Miami Dolphins prior to Wednesday's workout.

Leon Lett of the Dallas Cowboys was on hand today, and word was Jerry Jones was flying in to meet with Ferguson. One of Ferguson’s official visits is with the Cowboys, though the team would have to maneuver up if they want to select him in the draft.

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The team’s other defensive lineman, Immanuel Turner, also performed well, timing the 40 between 4.97 and 5.01 after weighing in at 309 pounds. Turner, who has 14 official predraft visits, met with the New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers and Oakland Raiders today.

Offensive lineman O'Shea Dugas, who measured 6042 and 335 pounds during the Shrine Game with arms that reached 36 5/8 inches, performed well in position drills. Despite playing left tackle for Louisiana Tech, most teams project Dugas to guard. He met with the Houston Texans last night.

Receiver Teddy Veal was disappointingly slow and timed in at 4.68 seconds in the 40, although he did catch the ball well in position drills.

Prior to the Louisiana Tech pro day, Grambling had its workout on campus, and the star of the show was kicker Marc Orozco.

Orozco, who can handle both place-kicking and punting duties, was clearing the crossbar from 62 yards with ease. His longest field goal last season was 52 yards, which marked his only attempt outside of 50 yards.