The Oklahoma State football team held its annual Pro Day in Boone Pickens Stadium Tuesday and running back Joseph Randle headlined the action by running the 40-yard dash in 4.51 seconds, a mark that was substantially better than the 4.63 he recorded at the NFL Combine.
To put Randle's 4.51 into perspective, only five running backs ran faster times at the NFL Combine.
"I knew I had it in me, I just hope they watch the film, too," Randle said. "I think they would be happy if they saw the film."
Only four running backs at the Combine had better marks in the 60-yard shuttle than Randle's 11.49 from Tuesday and only seven had faster times in the 20-yard shuttle than Randle's 4.20.
Randle was one of 18 Cowboys performing Tuesday in front of a group of scouts representing 25 different NFL teams. Included in that group of Cowboys was Hubert Anyiam, who finished his college career in 2011 and spent time with both the San Diego Chargers and the Carolina Panthers this past season.
The fastest 40-yard dash time of the day came from Anyiam, who was clocked at 4.48. Randle's 4.51 was the second-fastest with Isaiah Anderson third at 4.57.
Nobody got a bigger reaction from the group on hand during the course of the day than Lane Taylor, who bench-pressed 225 pounds 31 times. Only six players performed more reps at the Combine. Taylor's fellow offensive line mate, Evan Epstein, recorded 29 bench-press reps with DeJuan Davis achieving 26.
"Hitting 31 reps was good. It was definitely how I wanted to start the day. It was definitely a motivator," Taylor said. "It was pretty nerve-racking when we first started, but I kind of settled in and had a good pro day."
Anderson had the best vertical leap of the Cowboy group at 37 ½ inches, a mark that would have placed him fifth among wide receivers at the Combine. Both Anyiam and Brodrick Brown were measured at 35 inches in the vertical leap and Randle reached 34 ½ inches.
Alex Elkins, Ryan Robinson and Cooper Bassett all enjoyed solid all-around performances with strong marks across the board. Elkins recorded 21 bench-press reps, had a 34-inch vertical and a 10-3 broad jump. Robinson had 20 bench-press, had a 33-inch vertical leap and broad-jumped 9-10 and Bassett bench-pressed 23 reps, had a 33-inch vertical leap and broad-jumped 9-3.