A couple of months ago, we told you about Terron Beckham, the cousin of Giants star Odell Beckham Jr. who was also looking to play in the NFL. At the time, though, not much was known about the 23-year-old, who did not play college football, except that he had an impressively ripped physique.
On Thursday, Beckham held an audition of sorts for NFL scouts, akin to college players’ pro days, and it quickly became apparent that he could do much more than just flex his muscles. At a New Jersey facility where he has been training to play pro football, Beckham’s performances in several physical tests yielded results that would have made him arguably the most elite specimen at this year’s NFL combine.
According to Connor Hughes, a USA Today beat writer for the New York Jets, who were among the teams attending the workout, here are Beckham’s numbers:
- 40-yard dash: 4.47 seconds
- Vertical: 44.5 inches
- Broad jump: 11 feet
- Three-cone drill: 6.80 seconds
- Bench press: 36 reps of 225 pounds
At February’s combine, the top mark in the bench press (also 225 pounds) was posted by Christian Westerman, a 6-3, 298-pound offensive lineman from Arizona State whose 34 reps were two fewer than Beckham’s total. Billing himself as a running back, Beckham, who has been working as a personal trainer and fitness model, is listed at 5-10 and 230 pounds.
Another running back, California’s Daniel Lasco, set this year’s combine mark in the vertical with a leap of 41.5 inches, meaning that Beckham bested him by a full three inches. In the broad jump, Beckham would have tied for fourth at the combine, and he would have tied for 12th in the three-cone drill.
Beckham’s time in the 40 was equaled or bettered by just seven running backs, including Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott, who also ran it in 4.47 seconds. However, none of those backs weighed in at as much as 230 pounds, giving Beckham an intriguing size-speed combination.
It’s worth noting that NFL prospects often put up better numbers at their pro days, where they enjoy something of a home-field advantage, than at the combine. More significant, of course, is the fact that Beckham has not played football since high school, and all the physical measurements in the world can’t adequately forecast how much talent or determination a player will exhibit on NFL fields.
However, in addition to running, jumping and lifting weights, Beckham performed some more football-specific drills and reportedly showed well, including catching nearly all the balls thrown his way. The New York Giants, who employ Beckham’s Pro Bowl wide receiver cousin, and Oakland Raiders were on hand for the workout, as well as the Jets.
Beckham may have done enough to get himself selected in the late rounds of this month’s NFL draft, and, at the very least, he’s certain to field multiple free-agent offers if he doesn’t get picked. Here is more footage of Beckham’s workout.
SOURCE: Des Bieler
The Washington Post