Corey Grant, Nick Marshall show off at Auburn Pro Day
March 3, 2015

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Here comes Corey Grant with a fast time in the 40 at Auburn's Pro Day


By Charles Goldberg
AuburnTigers.com

AUBURN, Ala. -- The pro guys smiled when they clocked Corey Grant at Auburn's Pro Day on Tuesday.

The former Auburn running back came in as low as a blazing 4.16 seconds in the 40-yard dash on some stopwatches, and even the time of 4.26 that Grant said some NFL guys told him was an eye-opener.

"I think I had to prove a lot," Grant said. "I think I proved I really should have been at the Combine. I didn't get an invite, but that's OK. I came out and tried to take advantage of the day. "

So did 22 former Tigers who ran and jumped and went through various drills in front of dozens and dozens ofprofessional football types in Auburn's indoor facility. It was a welcome home party for the players.

"I was happy to be back with the guys," said defensive back Trovon Reed. "Just being back in this facility brought a rush to me."

Grant grabbed a headline. So did Nick Marshall, Auburn's starting quarterback the last two years who not only threw, but continued his quest to be a defensive back in the NFL. Some who participated in the NFL Combine looked to solidify their good standing, such as center Reese Dismukes; while others who didn't get the call to participate in the Combine embraced the opportunity to show what the NFL missed the first time around.

"I'm real proud of this group. I think they performed well," said Auburn coach Gus Malzahn. "A lot of these guys will play at the next level, and that's very exciting for this program."

Grant's 4.26 turned heads, as did the performance of others. Grant and Cameron Artis-Payne said they succeeded in their goal of showing scouts they could catch the ball out of the backfield.

"To be able to do it on this stage, with all the scouts here, definitely validates everything," Malzahn said.

Marshall changed positions before the Senior Bowl. But he threw at the Combine and again at Pro Day.

Just in case.

"I did a couple of drills with the quarterbacks, and finally got to do my defensive back drills, which I felt great about," Marshall said.

"It wasn't anything new to me."

Malzahn said Marshall could play quarterback in the NFL if he finds the right system. But Marshall talked of playing defense.

"I'm locked into defensive back right now, but to be on anybody's team, I'll do what they want me to do," he said.

Marshall said NFL guys have mostly talked to him about playing defense "and being an emergency third-string quarterback, and like a Wildcat" quarterback.

Marshall sat on his times from the Combine, opting instead to throw and play defensive back.

"I felt like my numbers were good enough at the Combine. I felt like what I didn't do well at the Combine I came here and did it," he said.

Malzahn said Marshall, if put in the right system, could play quarterback and "could be very successful. Look what he's done. He's one of the better zone-read runners in the history of college football. Look what he did the last two years. Look what he did against a rival (Alabama): He set the school record for total offense with the best defensive players on one team.

"He'll help some team whatever position he decides to play. I'm going to support him 110 percent regardless of what position because he's done us a great job, and a great example and a great leader for us."

Reed caught passes from Marshall for one year at Auburn.

"Nick is going to be dangerous. You're not going to sell Nick on one position. Nick could go out there and play receiver, he could go play safety, he could go play... he's a football player."

Reed wanted to impress as someone, like Grant, didn't go t to the NFL Combine. He ran a 4.4 in the 40.

"I was hoping to get in the 4.38 because my trainer looked online and they had be running a 4.6. I felt like that was disrespectful. I wanted to really show them. I got the 4.4, and I'll keep getting better," Reed said.

Reed said the players who didn't go to the Combine "came with a chip on our shoulders."


"From this point on, we're going to remember this. When we get to the next level, we'll let them know.

"If you don't have motivation, what are you doing this for?"

Times and things...

Name

Height

Weight

Vertical

Broad

Bench

40

40

Artis-Payne, Cameron

5-9 3/4

212

--

--

--

--

--

Blackson, Angelo

6-4 5/8

315

--

--

21

4.90

4.96

Bradley, Ben

6-1

318

21-0"

--

27

5.43

5.40

Bray, Quan

5-10

183

34-0"

9-8"

12

4.47

4.45

Coates, Sammie

6-1 7/8

212

--

--

--

--

--

Dismukes, Reese

6-1 7/8

212

--

--

--

--

--

Fulse, Brandon

6-4 1/2

253

28-6"

8-11"

12

4.87

4.94

Grant, Corey

5-8 7/8

201

37-0"

10-7"

22

4.26

4.32

Hill, Forrest

6-1 3/8

249

24-6"

8-3"

9

5.40

5.43

King, Brandon

6-2

217

38-0"

10-6"

19

4.45

4.40

Marshall, Nick

6-1 5/8

217

--

--

--

--

--

Miller, Patrick

6-6 3/4

292

27-6"

8-10"

16

5.20

5.15

Mincy, Jonathon

5-10

191

35-6"

10-0"

17

4.57

4.51

Owens, LaDarius

6-1 1/8

236

31-0"

8-6"

29

4.95

--

Reed, Trovon

5-11 1/2

191

35-6"

10-1"

--

4.51

4.50

Slade, Chade

6-5 1/4

313

29-6"

8-10"

25

5.15

5.16

Therezie, Robenson

5-9 5/8

205

34-6"

10-2"

19

4.39

4.37

Uzomah, C.J.

6-5 3/4

262

31-0"

9-10"

19

4.63

4.65

Whitaker, Jeffrey

6-3 1/4

322

22-0"

7-10"

41

5.81

5.89

Whitehead, Jermaine

5-11 1/8

195

--

--

--

4.44

4.50

Wright, Gabe

6-3

296

--

--

--

--

--

**40 times are UNOFFICIAL**

** Bench: # of reps of 225

Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter:


 

 

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