OU pro day notebook: LB Lewis improves

March, 15, 2012
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Former Oklahoma linebacker Travis Lewis couldn’t have been happy with his 4.88 time in the 40-yard dash during the NFL Combine in late February.

He left the Sooners' pro day with a much better feeling.

Lewis recorded a 4.75 time in the 40-yard dash, 35-inch vertical, 10-inch broad jump, 7.23 three-cone drill, 11.59 60-yard shuttle and added 26 reps in the bench press. His 40-time would have put him just outside of the top 15 times at the NFL combine while his other times would have been amont the top ten results in each event at the combine except for the three-cone drill (top 15).

“I looked good, ran good, moved well, so I’m pretty satisfied,” Lewis said. “I’m finally healthy so it was good to come out and show these guys what I am capable of.

“I put it out there and now it’s up to [NFL teams] to make a decision.”

No time off for Broyles

While he couldn’t use the feet that helped distinguish him during his four seasons at Oklahoma, Ryan Broyles never stopped doing what he does best:

Catching the football.

While rehabbing from his ACL injury suffered during the Sooners win over Texas A&M last October, Broyles has spent the ensuing months catching tennis balls and footballs while rehabbing his injured knee.

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AP Photo/Alonzo AdamsTravis Lewis was satisfied with his performance at Oklahoma's pro day.
“[I was] still catching balls, tennis balls, footballs,” Broyles said. “I gotta stay sharp with that, that’s my job... to catch it.”

Broyles also participated in portions of the NFL combine, going through interviews and recording 21 bench press reps at 225 pounds, which tied for third among receivers.

“People blow the combine up, but it wasn’t as stressful,” Broyles said. “[It’s] long days, you get three hours of sleep which is the toughest thing but you’re talking to coaches and you’re thinking this is the NFL, it’s so crazy... but they’re just regular people, so you feel like you fit in better once you get in the situation.”

And Broyles knew the value of attending the combine despite the fact he couldn’t participate in the majority of the drills, so he focused on making a mark during the interview portion.

“I couldn’t show what I have with my feet, so I had to use my brain a little bit and show my personality,” he said. “So, I enjoyed it.”

'Hammer' aiming to show versatility

Ronnell Lewis didn’t have to participate in Oklahoma’s pro day.

Yet, the former Sooner standout still worked out for the NFL scouts on Wednesday to show them his versatility at 6-foot-2, 255 pounds. Lewis had an excellent NFL combine in late February making it unnecessary to improve his times at pro day.

“I just felt like I could improve a little more on some things,” Lewis said. “I just wanted to bump [my numbers] up a little bit and show them I could still move, be out there at the linebacker and defensive end positions. We had a couple different drills we did here that I didn’t do in [Indianapolis]. I wanted to show I could do a little bit of everything.”

He participated in linebacker coverage drills as well as defensive end drills on Wednesday. He recorded a 4.65 in the 40-yard dash, a shade faster than his 4.68 at the combine.

After playing multiple positions during his time at OU, Lewis could end up as a 3-4 linebacker in the NFL or play defensive end in a 4-3 system. NFL teams have been asking him where he feels more comfortable.

“I tell them I can go either way,” he said. “But I feel like I can stand up. I like seeing the backs and stuff like that but if I play with my hand in the ground it really doesn’t matter.”

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