LSU football held their 2023 Pro Day on Wednesday. Some players helped their draft stock, while a significant star doubled down on his poor combine showing.
Representatives from all 32 NFL teams were present during the LSU Pro Day. In total, 16 LSU football alumni participated in the event. Such is an increase from the nine Tigers invited to the NFL Combine in late February.
We expected Kayshon Boutte to improve upon his NFL Combine performance during the LSU football Pro Dray. However, Boutte did not participate in a majority of individual drills. He did post a 7.08 time in the 3-cone drill on Wednesday. For context, 7.08 is the 2nd-worst time among receivers tested during the Combine.
Boutte allowing a majority of his NFL Combine results to ride into April’s draft is concerning. His 40-yard-dash times of 4.50 and 4.67 weren’t great. Also, Boutte recorded the worst vertical jump for all wide receivers.
Boutte’s reluctance to re-test during LSU’s Pro Day indicates the Tigers’ alumnus is out-of-shape, unhealthy, or both. However, barring any unforeseen changes, we expect Boutte to remain available until day three of the NFL Draft. Such is somewhat unbelievable for a player viewed as a sure-fire first-round pick after his freshman season.
It’s worth noting that LSU starting quarterback Jayden Daniels threw to receivers during the event. Daniels looked good in a role designed for increased his pro exposure.
Jarrick Bernard-Converse was a winner of the LSU football Pro Day. The defensive back posted 40 times of 4.32 and 4.40 and a 42” vertical jump. According to On3, the leap ties are the best for a cornerback (and 3rd overall) during the NFL Combine. Such is significant because Bernard-Converse wasn’t invited to the Combine.
Thanks to LSU’s Pro Day, Bernard-Converse likely moved out of the undrafted free-agent territory.
In other Pro Day news, former LSU defensive back Jay Way posted an insane 11-foot-1 broad jump. Jaray Jenkins also improved his NFL Combine performances in the broad and long jumps. As a result, the receiver undoubtedly moved up many teams’ draft boards.