The major attraction Thursday was free safety Ken Hamlin, who declared for
the NFL draft and bypassed his final year of eligibility.
Hamlin flew in from Houston where he's been working with personal trainers and
NFL veterans in preparations for the workouts and the draft. Scouts and coaches
smiled throughout the day as they put Hamlin through the paces and the junior
turned in a fine performance.
Hamlin weighed 207 pounds, 9 pounds up from his playing weight of the last two
seasons. He measured at 6-2 1/2 and was clocked at 4.49 in the 40-yard dash via
an electronic timer.
"I think all of my times were between 4.49 and 4.52 today, so that was
good," Hamlin said. "As far as what I did at the (NFL) combine in
Indianapolis, I improved in almost every area. I felt like I had a good day, and
that goes for the position drills that the coaches put me through."
Hamlin recognized coaches from Indianapolis, Seattle, Dallas and Houston in
Hamlin participated in every personal interview that was requested. As always,
he was asked about his two DUI violations between his sophomore and junior
"I'm ready for that and am glad to talk about it," Hamlin said.
"That's me. I did it. I have to confront it. I think I answered all of
their questions, and am ready for whatever they have. It's not something you can
"I really think today was a good day. I think I improved my stock. I think
they liked my individual secondary workouts. But, we'll see.
Other Arkansas players working out for the scouts were Pervis Osborne, Fred
Talley, Raymond House, Gavin Walls and Chrys Chukwuma.
Talley said a wrist injury prevented him from doing some of the workouts for the
NFL scouts, but did dazzle with a 4.33 clocking in the 40-yard dash.
"That was pretty much the fastest," Talley said. "I'm down in
weight, at 179 now. I played a lot at 190, so that's a concern. I can get that
weight back. I had been sick the last couple of days and have lost some weight.
"I think they think I'm a little light. They are coming back to test us
again March 26, so I think I can have some weight back by then. I think I've had
a bit of the flu."
Talley said several NFL teams have examined his shoulder, and all have
recommended that he skip surgery, that they think it has healed properly.
"I am not going to have the shoulder surgery," he said. "I can
lift with it fine now. It's my wrist that I hurt lifting that is bothering me
now. It will be okay in a week."
Talley said NFL scouts tell them that they are looking at him as a tailback and
a kickoff return specialist.
Chukwuma has bounced around with various XFL and indoor leagues, and has had
near misses with several NFL teams. He weighed a career-high 244 on Thursday,
maybe 10 pounds above his highest previous playing weight.
"I was 225 in college, but I've been 235 the last few years," he said.
"I'm heavy now, and need to drop a few. I ran okay today in the early runs,
but I pulled up in the 40 because of a groin injury. They still put me down with
a 4.59 and a 4.7 on that run. I can do better than that. I had the second
fastest times in the 10 and 20 (behind Talley)."
Chukwuma said he has had feelers from several NFL teams, including Dallas,
Houston and Kansas City.
Raymond House, a defensive end, improved his 40 time since the combine, clocking
4.98 on Thursday.
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Draft eligible players from the University of Arkansas were present on campus Thursday as NFL scouts and coaches put them through workouts and individual interviews as Pro-Day came to Fayetteville. Hawgs Illustrated Clay Henry gives us some insights on today's happenings.