NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State football held its annual Pro Day on Friday morning at the Indoor Football Facility in front of representatives from 23 NFL organizations and one CFL team. The onlookers included Titans head coach Mike Mularkey, as well as general managers Jon Robinson (Titans) and Jerry Reese (NY Giants). Ten former Tigers showed off their abilities in numerous facets, including strength, speed, agility and positional skills.
Offensive lineman Jessamen Dunker and cornerback Ezra Robinson each participated in the Tigers event, fresh off their appearances at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Ind. two weeks ago. Dunker ran the three-cone drill and the short shuttle (20-yard) on Friday; two skills he did not complete at the combine. The 6-4, 318 pound lineman finished in 7.88 and 4.9 seconds, respectively. Both times were competitive with times set by lineman at the combine.
Robinson ran the short shuttle (4.39) and the three-cone drill (7.43), as well as the long shuttle (12.02) and leaped 36 inches in the vertical jump. The hop by the Sarasota, Fla. product matched the eighth best jump in Indianapolis, matching Adoree’ Smith of USC and Marquez White of Florida State.
Safety David Kamara and wide receiver Chris Sanders-McCollum each had impressive showings, while all TSU participants showed well throughout the workout. Kamara posted a leap of 39 inches in the vertical, which would have been the third best jump amongst safeties at the combine and fifth best amongst all defensive backs. Kamara continued to impress with a broad jump of 10 feet 11 inches while posting a time of 4.65 in the 40-yard sprint.
Sanders-McCollum posted the best time of the day in the 40 as he crossed in a time of 4.58. The 6-3 wide out leaped to a height of 34 inches and showed well during the receiving workout pulling in passes from Ronald Butler.
Butler ran his 40 in 4.61 putting him towards the top of the quarterback times at the combine. Trevor Knight of Texas A&M ran a position best 4.54, followed by Joshua Dobbs (4.64) of Tennessee and Deshaun Watson (4.66) of Clemson. The Tallahassee, Fla. native had a good showing while passing, but could be a prospect as wide receiver or in the defensive backfield.
Fullback E.J. Junior IV and running back Erick Evans both completed 18 reps on the bench, while Dantwaun O’Neal ran a 4.41 in the short shuttle, second only to Kamara and Robinson.
Offensive lineman Kevin Kenton and linebacker Antonio Justice each tested well and had solid performances in their position work. Kenton drew interest during his skills workout with Dunker as former Tiger linemen, and current NFL players, Kadeem Edwards (Cowboys), Dametrius Rhaney (Rams) and Robert Myers (Seahawks) looked on.
The NFL Draft is scheduled for Apr. 27-29 in Philadelphia, Pa.