OSU football: Jordan Brailford, Taylor Cornelius have specific goals for Pro Day
STILLWATER — Former Oklahoma State defensive end Jordan Brailford will ride a wave of success from the NFL Combine into OSU’s Pro Day on Tuesday.
On the other end of the spectrum, quarterback Taylor Cornelius wasn’t at the combine, and knows this is his last good chance to catch the eye of an NFL scout.
Both Cowboy standouts have specific skills they want to showcase on Pro Day, which begins just before 10 a.m. Tuesday at Boone Pickens Stadium and will include a variety of players such as Justice Hill, Tyron Johnson and other Cowboys who recently completed their eligibility.
Brailford ran well at the combine — clocking a 4.65-second 40-yard dash — and was impressive in the rest of his strength and agility testing. He’s going to let those numbers stand for themselves, turning his focus to on-field drills at Pro Day.
He has been targeted as an edge rusher with the ability to play defensive end or outside linebacker, and that’s what he wants to highlight on Tuesday.
“I want to look as fluid as I can in all the drills,” said Brailford, who measured in at just under 6-foot-3 and 252 pounds at the combine. “I want to go through all the drills, look as crisp as I can and impress as many coaches as I can.
“I know they’re gonna want to see me do the hybrid drills and linebacker drills, so I’ve been working on that a lot. I’m confident on the D-line drills. I know they want to see how I move in open space.”
While Brailford has a narrowed focus of what he wants to display for the scouts and coaches in attendance, Cornelius, the 6-6, 232-pound quarterback, is taking the opportunity to show all of his talents.
He will participate in all the testing except the bench press and 60-yard shuttle, so he’ll get to show his natural athleticism. Of course, Cornelius’ big emphasis will be on his passing drills.
“I want to show them that I can make all the throws, and that I can do it from under center as well,” Cornelius said. “Working from under center is a big point of emphasis, taking five- and seven-step drops instead of just three. And I want to show them that I can move outside the pocket and make the throws there as well.
“I think it’ll be a good chance to show off what I can do, and hopefully they like it.”