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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Rueben Randle gets mixed results at NFL Combine

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  • Former Bastrop High and LSU wide receiver Rueben Randle was hoping to use last weekend’s NFL Combine to elevate his status in the upcoming draft.
    For Randle, disappointing showings in the 40-yard dash (4.55) and vertical jump (31-0) overshadowed a stellar performance in the gauntlet, a drill that measures a receiver’s ability to react. In the gauntlet, the receiver runs from sideline to sideline while catching an array of passes every five to seven yards, alternating from left to right.
    In a story posted on cbssports.com, Dana Brugler of The Sports Xchange said of Randle, “An impressive athlete for his tall, long frame, Randle showed very good hand-eye coordination and smoth movement skills for a big man. He made some impressive grabs, extending his long arms and reeling in the catch.”
    Randle went into the combine rated as a possible late first-round pick. NFL draft analyst Mike Detillier told the New Orleans Times-Picayune that Randle’s status may have slipped at the Combine, though only slightly.
    “Fall in love with the football player,” Detillier said. “Don’t fall in love with the workout guy. That workout guy is going to get your a-- fired. That football player is going to help you win a lot of games. Rueben Randle is a football player.”
    Detillier says Randle is still the No. 3 or 4 wide receiver in the draft.
    San Francisco, which holds the No. 30 pick in the draft, is reportedly among the teams most interested in Randle, although the 49ers could fill their need for a receiver via the free agent route.
    Other teams rumored to be interested in Randle include the Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans and Washington Redskins.
    The Combine may have been a temporary setback for Randle, but he will still have plenty of opportunities to impress NFL scouts by the time the draft begins on April 26.
    DEDDRICK JONES did not receive an invitation to Indianapolis for the Combine, but the Southern Mississippi defensive tackle will get his chance to impress NFL scouts at a March 23 Pro Day in Hattiesburg, Miss.
    “I’m working hard to get ready for Pro Day,” said Jones, who is projected to sign as a free agent. “I know I have the talent and the work ethic. Hopefully, I can show the scouts something they like at Pro Day.”
    Jones, a former Delta Mustang and Bastrop Ram, returned to Oak Ridge following the Conference-USA champion Golden Eagles’ 24-17 Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl victory over Nevada. He is working out daily in preparation for his March 23 audition.
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