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Reed: An encouraging "pro day"


(Editor's note: In two years, LSU's Josh Reed went from being a little-used running back to becoming one of the nation's elite wide receivers. In 2001, he caught 94 passes for 1,740 yards and seven touchdowns. He helped lead the Tigers to an SEC title, then had 14 receptions for 239 yards and two touchdowns in LSU's Sugar Bowl victory against Illinois. Each week on, Reed will offer his thoughts leading up to draft day.)

LSU had its "pro day" yesterday, and I'm pretty pleased with how I performed.

My two biggest days before the draft — this one and the combine — are over, but it feels like a beginning. We've got a lot of the pressure off. It's not really relaxed, but a lot of the stress is gone.

We started at 1 p.m. at Tiger Stadium. There were about 15 guys there. Two or three guys from other teams were there, including one from Northwestern State (La.). We were all pretty excited, but at the same time our demeanor was professional and business-like.

First, I did a 32½-inch vertical jump. Then I did 9 feet, 11 inches in the broad jump. Then I bench-pressed 225 pounds 13 times.

Then we drove over to our indoor practice facility, which is kind of like a little dome, but it has a full artificial-surface football field inside. We did our running drills on that.

I was the only guy to run the 40 three times. I did the first one in 4.52, then I ran the second in 4.43. The difference between the two trials was so much they asked me to do it again. The third time, I did it in 4.47. So my average was about 4.47.

I was just really more concerned about the 40, and I did really good on that. The last time I was timed in the 40, I ran about a 4.6.

Then we did the agility drills. I did something like a 4.1 in the 20-yard shuttle.

The last thing the receivers and tight ends did was run routes. On my first route, I rolled up on my ankle a little bit, so I had to be a little careful from then on. But I got through it OK, and I don't expect to have any problems with it. Right now I'm completely healthy.

Our quarterback Rohan Davey, who is also entering the draft, was throwing the ball hard — like Brett Favre — and he did real good in the 40. I caught the ball all right, but I could have caught better. But I think the scouts were impressed.

Twenty or 25 teams had a guy at our workout. No head coaches, but I did recognize quite a few guys from the combine. Our coach at LSU, Nick Saban, was there, but only for a minute.

My agent, Ben Dogra, was there to support me. He knew some of the scouts who were there. Afterward, he told me to keep working hard and don't get relaxed.

On Monday, I'll resume my workouts here in Baton Rouge with Tommy Moffit, our strength coach. I will work to get even faster, but I'm also trying to try to get back to basics and maintain the strength and conditioning I've built up over the past couple of months.

I think Rohan is gong to be moving back to Baton Rouge soon, so maybe I will be running routes with him when I'm not in the weight room.

The Chiefs are going to meet with me soon, probably down here. I grew up in Louisiana, but I wasn't really a Saints fan.

If anybody would take me, that'd be a good thing.

-- As told to Bob Elliott

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