Former USC defensive end Everson Griffen continues to impress NFL scouts with his measurables, running the 40-yard dash in a hand-held 4.59 seconds on the USC campus here in L.A. today.
At the Indianapolis combine earlier this month, the 6-4, 278-lb Griffen ran an electronic-timed 4.66 40 and bench-pressed 225 lbs 32 times. His 40 time was second among defensive lineman. Despite those numbers, Griffen’s on-field inconsistency last season has him pegged as a mid-1st to mid-2nd round draft pick.
With Taylor Mays and Joe McKnight not lifting or running because they were satisfied with their Indy results, the only other notable result from the USC pro day today was from Stafon Johnson.
The former USC running back, who suffered a season-ending throat injury while weightlifting last season, ran a 4.62 40-yard dash.
More important, Johnson has regained his voice despite multiple vocal chord fractures from the weightlifting incident:
Also, while reps from 28 NFL teams attended today’s session in Los Angeles, including Carolina head coach John Fox, attendance was relatively light with Colt McCoy also working out Wednesday at the Univ. of Texas pro day in Austiin.
In past years, Pete Carroll attended the pro day workouts and was vocal in his support for the effort of his former players. Today? New USC coach Lane Kiffin reportedly wasn’t in attendance.