TSU Pro Day Shows Talent To NFL Scouts
Friday, March 21, 2008

Interest in DRC draws NFL scouts

Scouts from more than twenty NFL teams were in attendance on the Tennessee State University campus Friday (3/21) for TSU’s Pro Day workouts. The main attraction was TSU defensive back Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, but six former Tigers and four area players were able to show their talents to the scouts. The warm spring day also drew a crowd of nearly 200 spectators.

The workouts were divided into three phases, jumping skills, speed and agility drills, then strength testing - bench press repetitions of 225 lbs. The jumping and strength drills were held in the Gentry Center with the speed and agility drills held at the W.J. Hale Stadium field.

In the jumping drills Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie turned in a 10’11” long jump and 37.5” vertical leap. Defensive lineman Shaun Richardson had a 37.5” vertical leap and a 9’5” long jump. Kye Stewart of Illinois State had a 36.5” vertical leap and a 9’10.5” long jump.

In the speed and agility drills players ran the 40 yd dash and participated in timed shuttle and cone drills. TSU’s DRC chose not to participate in the 40 yd dash since he was already timed at 4.33 at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis earlier this month. TSU’s 6-6, 365 lb offensive lineman Eugene Banks turned in a sub 5.6 second timing in the 40. Banks also pumped a workout high 31 reps in the 225 lb. weight lift.

Participants in the Pro Day workouts were; OL-Eugene Banks (Tenn. State), RB-Don Chapman (Tenn. Martin), LB-Mark Drew (Tenn. State), DL-Lamar Divens (Tenn. State), DB-Jamar Landrom (Tenn. State/2006), DB-John Rhoden (Lane), DL-Shaun Richardson (Tenn. State), DB-Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (Tenn. State), DB-Kye Stewart (Illinois State) and FB-Brandon Williams (Tenn. State).