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South Carolina wide receiver Jeffery impresses at Gamecocks' pro day

By Jeff Reynolds | NFLDraftScout.com
With 30 teams present at South Carolina's pro day Wednesday, wide receiver Alshon Jeffery might have regained traction as a first-round prospect.

Jeffery weighed 213 pounds and was credited with 40-yard dash times of 4.50 and 4.48 and had a vertical jump of 36 1/2 inches and 10-2 broad jump. For a player whose explosiveness -- and ability to uncover from NFL-caliber press coverage -- and conditioning came under great scrutiny, Jeffery has served himself well by maintaining his weight for the past month since he last weighed in at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

"I feel like I have a lot to prove, and a lot to show to a lot of teams," he said at the Combine, where he weighed in at 216 pounds.

An All-SEC receiver as a freshman, Jeffery said he played last season at 230 pounds.

"I just feel more in shape and better," he said. "Better. Lighter."

In the end, Jeffery said it won't be weight or speed that helps him cash pro paychecks, it'll be his hands.

One player who stood out Wednesday was senior cornerback Marty Markett, a walk-on who earned a scholarship for his final season in Columbia after coming to the school on a track scholarship. Markett (5-10, 166) might have to earn his way to the NFL on special teams but he'll raise plenty of eyebrows with his 40 1/2-inch vertical and 10-10 broad jump Wednesday.

According to South Carolina, shimmery speed numbers this afternoon would be no surprise. In 2008, he posted all-time bests of 10.41 and 21.18 in the 100 and 200-meters at the NCAA East Regional Championships and indoors, logged a season-best 6.79 60 meters.

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