In electing not to run the 40-yard dash at the Combine, California cornerback Syd'Quan Thompson put a great deal of pressure on himself to perform well during his Pro Day.
Unfortunately, that gamble didn't pay off Wednesday, as the all-conference cornerback pulled a hamstring on his first attempt and was unofficially timed between 4.65 and 4.73, according to those in attendance.
The poor times are reminiscient of another highly touted Cal defensive back, the former Daymeion Hughes (who now goes by the name Dante Hughes), who, after an impressive career for the Golden Bears and strong Senior Bowl effort, was surprisingly slow in workouts, clocking in at 4.65 at the Combine in 2007.
While Thompson struggled, his fellow first-team all-Pac-10 and Senior Bowl standout Tyson Alualu may have helped his stock. The versatile defensive lineman improved in the bench press (24 reps) and the short-shuttle (4.25) from his efforts at the Combine (21 reps, 4.46).
Running back Jahvid Best, Cal's best prospect and a potential first round choice, elected not to do any drills after an eye-popping performance at the Combine, including a 4.35 running of the 40-yard dash -- the fastest timed recorded by any back.
There were 26 teams represented at the workout.