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Peterson sits, Sheppard, Ridley run at LSU ProDay

Posted on: March 14, 2011 2:02 pm
Edited on: March 14, 2011 2:06 pm
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The identities of the dozens of NFL representatives that attended LSU's Pro Day we're still waiting for, but the results of the most impactful workout of the day are available.

Cornerback Patrick Peterson, my number one rated prospect available in the draft , not surprisingly chose to sit on his Combine numbers. He was measured and came in at 6-0 (3/8) and 218 pounds -- one pound less than at the Combine.

Linebacker Kelvin Sheppard did run Monday, however. He measured in at 6-2, 250 pounds -- the same height and weight in which he was measured at the Combine and was clocked at 4.76 and 4.82 in the 40-yard dash, according to LSU's official websites' . Sheppard also clocked in at 7.20 in the three-cone drill.

The times are a bit disappointing for Sheppard, who some believed could make the transition from inside linebacker to the outside in the NFL. It is also the first times that scouts have for Sheppard in these drills as a right hamstring kept him running at the Combine.

The going wasn't much better for running back Steven Ridley. Scouts knew that the 5-11, 225 pound Ridley's game was based on power and not speed, but they were hoping for a better time than the ones he put up in Indianapolis. Ridley was clocked between 4.65 and 4.77 in Indianapolis and instead ran about the same at LSU today, timing at 4.70 and 4.73 seconds on his two attempts.

Wide receiver Terrence Toliver is another Tiger whose speed was in question. His fastest time at the Combine was a 4.52 hand-held time (timed at 4.62 electronically). He only ran once Monday and came in at 4.64 seconds.

One player did improve his 40-yard dash time Monday, though considering his position, it might be the least important element of his grade. Defensive tackle Drake Nevis measured in at 6-0 (1/2) and 298 pounds. He didn't do most of the drills today, but did elect to run the 40-yard dash, improving his time significantly. The All-SEC performer's fastest time in Indianapolis was 5.06 in the event. Today, he was timed at 4.90 and 4.96.

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