POSTED: Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 10:00pm
UPDATED: Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 11:36pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — It was another strong push for former LSU football stars to get noticed in front of NFL scouts Wednesday.
“I feel like I opened some eyes. Coaches got to see me and what I can do with my ability,” Michael Brockers said.
“I felt good about today. I really wanted to run my 40-yard dash again to show that I am really a 4.3 guy,” Morris Claiborne added.
Former Tigers Michael Brockers and Morris Claiborne are projected to be selected in the first round of the upcoming NFL Draft. That would make them instant millionaires.
“I really don’t worry about those things. Whoever takes me I will be satisfied. I’m just trying to get there,” Claiborne said after running a 4.3 second 40-yard dash at LSU’s pro day Thursday.
“It’s a new environment. It’s not like college. You have to be a little bit faster. I just have to adapt to that and be productive because it is a business now,” Brockers said following his workout in front of the NFL scouts.”
The reality of it is that not everyone will be a first round pick like Claiborne and Brockers are projected to be. Former Tigers like Will Blackwell and Brandon Taylor say they just hope to hear their name called at any time during the NFL draft or even afterwards.
“I’ve heard anywhere from first to seventh, somewhere in there,” Blackwell said with a chuckle. “It will probably be closer to the back half like four to seven. I try not to get wrapped up in all that. It would be a tremendous honor to get drafted but I’m trying to stay away from that and not worry about it too much. Hopefully in the last weekend of April I get a few phone calls.”
Former Tiger safety Brandon Taylor says if he doesn’t get drafted he’ll look to join the team as a free agent. "I still have a great passion for football. If I don't get drafted I still want to play in the NFL.”
Several other NFL hopefuls were showed their skills at Pro Day, including two of the more popular names to wear the purple and gold in recent years, quarterbacks Jarrett Lee and Jordan Jefferson.
They along with the rest of the group hope that and NFL team calls for their service and their dreams come true.