LSU players put on impressive showing at Pro Day

Tiger football players showed off at LSU's Pro Day

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BATON ROUGE – Linebacker Deion Jones ran a blistering 4.38 40-yard dash and safety Jalen Mills followed with a 4.48 to highlight an impressive showing by LSU players here Monday at the school's annual Pro Timing Day.

Over 100 NFL scouts and assistant coaches were on hand to watch as nine members of the 2015 team along with three former Tigers – fullback Connor Neighbors, center Elliott Porter and tight end Jake Franklin – went through a series of physical tests and drills.

"This is always a great day for our program," LSU coach Les Miles said. "You are proud of these guys knowing that they have worked so hard to get to this point in their career. It's so much fun to watch them have success on a day like today and getting that much closer to their dream of playing in the NFL.

"This is a great group of young men. They are terrific football players but more important is that they are quality people who will always be great ambassadors for LSU and our program."

Linebacker Lamar Louis, who is projected as a safety at the next level, was clocked at 4.53 and 4.60 in the 40-yard dash and then led all players who took part in the 225-pound bench press with 26 reps. Long snapper Reid Ferguson ran a 5.05 40-yard dash and then ripped off 15 reps in the bench press.

Offensive lineman Vadal Alexander took part in drills with his position group but didn't do any of the testing as he stood with his numbers of 5.57 in the 40-yard dash and 25 reps in the bench press at the NFL Combine a month ago.

"It's kind of what I expected," Alexander said of Pro Timing Day. "What they're trying to do is to try and see you do certain things. (They want to see) how you do certain blocks for the run and pass. They put you through the gauntlet and see how you react."

Alexander, who returned to LSU for his senior year in 2015, said he felt like coming back to school benefited him.

"I thought it paid off great," Alexander said. "I think I'm 10 times better than I was last year. I feel great, and I thought I had a good day."

LSU's other offensive lineman Jerald Hawkins was satisfied with his numbers from the NFL Combine (5.23 40-yard dash, 23 reps in bench press) and like Alexander, took part in drills with the scouts.

"I think I did pretty great today," Hawkins said. "I felt smooth and felt at home and comfortable with everything I did.

"I honestly just felt more comfortable (today as opposed to the NFL Combine). At Indianapolis, all you hear are the lights and cameras clicking around. All the coaches are in the stands. Over here, it just feels calmer (kind of) like I did it before. I just felt at home."