Grambling’s draftables took part in a recent morning Pro Day event, hoping to position themselves for selection by the NFL team — among them, Melvin Matthews and Jeffery Jack.
Jack, a 5-11, 208-pound former LSU transfer, has recorded 40-yard times between 4.57 and 4.79. He ranked second on the team in regular-season tackles (74), forced three fumbles and blocked two kicks — becoming one of the top vote-getters in the All-SWAC voting. He also recieved All-Louisiana recognition from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association, and All-America honorable mention honors from College Sports Network and Sheridan.
Jack, who told me he has a try out scheduled with Green Bay, projects a strong safety in the NFL, where he’s ranked No. 77 of 144 national prospects by NFLDraftScout.com — and No. 8 overall by NFLDraftBible.com. He was named a “Top Small School Safety Prospect” by DraftDaddy.com, as well.
MELVIN MATTHEWS, a 6-5, 305-pound defensive lineman who quietly put together a career similar to fellow Grambling product Jason Hatcher (selected in the third-round by Dallas in 2006), has scored in a range between 5.08 and 5.38 in the 40-yard dash. He made 32 regular-season tackles, including 18 for loss and a team-leading 8 sacks, on the way to first-team All-Southwestern Athletic Conference and All-Louisiana honors, and second-team All-America recognition from CSN, Sheridan and BoxToRow.com. Matthews followed that up by earning the Eddie Robinson MVP award at the Grambling banquet.
Listed among the “Best of the Rest” by NFLDraftBible.com, Matthews is rated No. 49 out of 165 total defensive tackles evaluated by both CBSSports.com and NFLDraftScout.com.
Linebacker KEEFE HALL, the most valuable player of this year’s nationally televised Bayou Classic rivalry game against Southern, has run 40 times between 4.78 and 5.08. He earned second-team All-SWAC and All-Louisiana honors after recording a team-leading 94 tackles, adding four pass breakups and two interceptions.
The 6-2, 225-pounder, who earned the top linebacker award at Grambling’s football banquet, is ranked No. 107 out of 194 linebackers evaluated by NFLDraftScout.com.
Receiver NICK LEWIS, ranked No. 237 out of 305 receivers nationally by NFLDraftScout.com, has been timed between 4.64 and 4.87 in the 40-yard dash. The 5-11, 190-pound receiver received Grambling’s annual top receiver award, presented by former NFL standout Sammy White, at the team’s season-ending football banquet.
Among Grambling’s other senior prospects is defensive tackle OTIS YOUNG, named “most improved player” at the Grambling banquet after collecting 48 tackles and 2.5 sacks.