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STILLWATER – Tyron Johnson gave National Football League scouts something to watch Tuesday.

The speedy wide receiver who left Oklahoma State a year early wasn’t invited to the NFL Combine, and he took it personal.

Johnson displayed the abilities – speed, agility and hauling in passes – that made him a threat in Stillwater on the field for two years after transferring from LSU. He did it all with scouts from all 32 NFL teams watching.

“I felt great. I came out here, I think I put on a show,” Johnson said. “I did what’s expected of me. I feel like I came out and got the job done.

“It was everything. I feel like I’m an underdog coming into this draft. I feel like people don’t know much about me. Scouts don’t know much about me, but I feel like I woke them up today.”

Johnson added Tuesday’s Pro Day at OSU was vital for his future as a football player. 

“Today was huge,” Johnson said. “When somebody like me don’t get a combine invite, I’m going to take it personal. I kind of showed today why I should have been invited, but getting drafted is the ultimate goal.”

Johnson began the day inside the Boone PIckens Stadium weight room, where he set marks of a 30-inch vertical and 16 bench press repetitions. His bench press reps were lowest on the team, but he was the only skill position player who participated in the drill.

Inside the Sherman E. Smith Training Center is where Johnson shined brightly for the scouts. He began by clocking a 40-yard dash around 4.34 seconds, which would have ranked fifth among wide receivers and seventh overall at the combine.

Johnson also participated in the cone and shuttle drills for the scouts, displaying his quickness and agility. For his final act, he caught passes from former OSU quarterback Taylor Cornelius, who was also participating in his first Pro Day.

Cornelius and Johnson completed nearly every pass around the field. The former Cowboy wideout was quite thrilled with his performance.

“I feel great about today,” Johnson said. “I mean 4.3. I benched 16 – that’s crazy. I think I put on a show with the routes. Cornelius was on point, and I feel like he helped me a lot. I walk away with probably no worries.”

During the receiving portion of the day, Johnson was joking back and forth with scouts from the Kansas City Chiefs and the Indianapolis Colts. He nearly caught a deep pass, but had only one foot inbound, which drew some humorous comments from the scouts.

Johnson made sure he let them know his next two deep passes were complete and inbound. He later caught extra passes, per request of the Chiefs’ scout.

“The work is far from done,” Johnson said. “Today was a stepping stone in a good direction to the draft.”

The 6-foot-1 receiver from New Orleans, Louisiana, isn’t concerned about he’s projected to be drafted. However, in his mind, he should be taken in the first day.

“To me, I’m always going to say in the back of my head, I’m a first-round talent in the rough,” Johnson said. “That’s how I feel. No matter if I go undrafted, I’m going to feel like I’m a first-round talent.”

Another Cowboy who participated Tuesday, and is projected to be drafted was Jordan Brailford, who also left OSU with a year of eligibility remaining. The defensive end/linebacker also participated to the NFL Combine before Tuesday’s Pro Day.

Brailford only did the cone and shuttle drills before position drills for the scouts Tuesday. He didn’t try to improve on his 4.65 40-yard dash time, 22 bench press reps, 37.5-inch vertical or 126-inch broad jump – all of which he recorded at the Combine.

“It’s exciting. I got butterflies in my stomach the night before,” Brailford said of the Combine. “It’s always good when you get that nervous feeling because it lets you know how much you love and care about something.”

On Tuesday, he was happy with his Pro Day performance. He admitted there was some good and some bad. 

One of those bads was likely the three-cone drill. Brailford failed it several times as he kept knocking over a cone. He joked about it later.

“From someone who did it five times, it gets tiring, but you’ve got to focus and lock in,” Brailford said. “It’s tough. You’re going to make a mistake here and there, but I’ve got to push through it. I think I did pretty good.”

Brailford has been in contact with several teams, including the Tennessee Titans and Arizona Cardinals, he said. He has a few private workouts coming up before next month’s draft.

“At the end of the day, it’s a long, four-month interview,” Brailford said. “You’ve got to be on your toes and focus what you can control.

“I have no expectations. I’m just happy to be where I’m at right now. Everything right now is a blessing to me.”

Former OSU running back Justice Hill was also at the Pro Day, but didn’t participate. He just talked to scouts. After the event, Hill declined to talk to the media.

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