NFL scouts and coaches will be gathering at LSU today for the 2009 Pro Timing Day, along with hundreds of members from the media. Scouts and coaches from the NFL will be gathering at the Football Operations Building on campus to see what the senior class of 2008 has to offer to the NFL. They are especially interested in seniors Herman Johnson, Darry Beckwith, Demetrius Byrd and Tyson Jackson, who are LSU All-America and projected to be drafted as high as the first round selection.
Herman Johnson is an outstanding offensive lineman, and was designated as the largest football player on the LSU team, weighing in at 356 lbs. He is 6’7″ tall and very quick on his fee for his size.
Darry Beckwith, 6’1″, 232 lbs, linebacker is from Baton Rouge, LA and has been a starter for the Tigers since his sophomore year. He saw action on the field as a freshman, but didn’t start. Beckwith is a very talented linebacker who knows how to tackle!
Demetrius Byrd, wide receiver, is 200 lbs. and 6’3″ is one of the top wide receivers in the country. Byrd didn’t start playing football until he was a senior in high school, but soon learned he was a very talented player. Byrd is known for making some big plays in his college career at LSU.
Tyson Jackson, defensive end for LSU is another native from Louisiana who is amongst the nation’s best at the defensive end position. Jackson is 6’5″ and weighs 289 lbs. Jackson is known for his size, strength and quickness on his feet.
Other seniors will also be on hand to participate, as well as Trev Faulk and Bennie Brazell, former LSU football players, who would like to get back into NFL action.
The day will consist of a series of tests on and off the field, height and weight measurements, hand and wing measurements, strength tests, drills and interviews.
A breakdown on some of the things on the check list and explanations are listed below:
Physical measurements are taken and include height and weight. Linemen and running backs are also measured for percentage of body fat.
NFL team representatives in attendance are allowed to interview up to 60 prospects. The questions will test the player’s knowledge of football, character and ability to think quickly.
The Wonderlic Test is administered to test the player’s intelligence. The Wonderlic Test contains 50 questions and is a timed test with a 50 minute limit.
Physical Tests include the 40 yd. dash, bench press, vertical jump, broad jump, 3 cone drill, 20 yd. shuttle, 60 yd. shuttle and various position specific drills.
Herman Johnson – http://www.lsusports.net/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=5200&ATCLID=174227&Q_SEASON=2007
Darry Beckwith – http://www.lsusports.net/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=5200&ATCLID=174227&Q_SEASON=2007
Demetrius Byrd –
Tyson Jackson – http://www.lsusports.net/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=5200&ATCLID=174931
LSU Football – http://www.lsusports.net/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=27815&SPID=2164&ATCLID=3693519&DB_OEM_ID=5200 (Football Seniors to Take Part in 2009 Pro Day)