By Nick Snow
CNHI News Service
STILLWATER — Any doubts NFL scouts had about former Oklahoma State running back Joseph Randle after last month’s NFL Combine were quickly put to rest Tuesday during OSU’s pro day.
Randle, who clocked a 4.64-second 40-yard dash at the combine, bested that with a time of 4.51 seconds.
“I knew I had it in me,” Randle said. “I just hope (the scouts) would watch the film. ... I’m not a big guy on all this stuff. I just like playing football, but I feel like I did good.
“(The scouts) want to see this stuff. This is how they want to steal money from you. ... Perception does matter. He may be a slow guy but he makes plays. It matters to them, so it matters to me too.”
Even a nagging injury to his right hand didn’t seem to be a problem for Randle as he plucked Jase Chilcoat’s passes out of the air without much problem.
“I felt like I would have played in a game if I had that little cast on, so why wouldn’t I go out there and perform?” Randle said. “I don’t like to miss games or nothing like that, so I wasn’t about to miss the opportunity to go out there and compete.”
In fact, the only downside Randle saw to the day was that he couldn’t improve his draft stock even more. Because of the hand injury, Randle was unable to bench press, but did record a 34.5-inch vertical.
“I wish I could have gone on the bench, but I just wasn’t medically cleared,” Randle said. “Believe me, if I could have gone, I would have.”
Randle’s stock may have soared, but he wasn’t the only Cowboy hoping to catch on with an NFL team. Lane Taylor drew some interest putting up 225-pounds 31 times in the bench press.
“It was pretty nerve-wracking when we first started, but I kind of settled in and had a good Pro Day,” Taylor said. “Hitting 31 was where I wanted to start the day. ... I hit 30 the other day and I knew I could at least get one more. I was sore when I hit it, so I was able to get 31.”
Along with Taylor’s bench press — which would have finished behind six others at the Combine — Taylor also ran the 40-yard dash in well enough to place him among the top 15 offensive lineman at the Combine.
“I’m very pleased with the results I had,” Taylor said. “I couldn’t really ask for any much better of a day.”