Malachi Dupre had heard about some of the “off-the-wall” questions that some NFL prospects receive during the pre-draft process. Nothing he was asked, however, seemed unusual or awkward, he said.
But the former LSU wide receiver is aware of at least one question that is hanging over his head and, presumably, the head of another former draft-bound Tigers wideout, Travin Dural.
Dupre and Dural have to answer for their college numbers, or lack there of, in meetings with teams and on days like LSU’s pro day Wednesday.
“I feel like the biggest question mark is the lack of production in the passing game as a whole, not just specifically me,” Dupre said. “So I’m just showing that I can run every route, catch the ball. I’m a vertical threat (with) my speed. So I feel like I did a good job of that (at pro day).”
Dupre, measuring in at 6-foot-2, 192 pounds, clocked a 4.46 in the 40-yard dash at Wednesday’s pro day in the LSU indoor practice facility. Dupre, entering the draft as a draft-eligible junior, bested his NFL combine time of 4.52 he set in early March.
Dural, however, was unable to improve his own combine time, running another 4.57 40-yard dash at pro day. Neither Dupre nor Dural participated in the vertical jump, broad jump, bench press or any of the field testing drills. But both did individual drills, catching passes from former LSU quarterback Matt Flynn.
Dupre, who had the fourth-best broad jump (11 feet, 3 inches) and seventh-best vertical leap (39.5 inches) of anyone at the combine, credited his improved 40-yard dash time to being more rested. Meetings, interviews and physical activities taxed him in the days leading up to the combine, and he was dealing with exhaustion by the time he ran at the combine.
“You don’t get much sleep,” said Dupre, a John Curtis graduate who has visits set with New Orleans, Carolina and Cleveland. “That was my fifth day there of not getting much sleep — maybe five or six hours for five days. So all of that wears on your body. Then, on the fifth, you compete. So today I was a little bit more fresh, and I was able to get a faster time.”
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Even if workouts helped their cause, Dupre and Dural’s lack of production in college remains. In Dupre’s best season, as a sophomore in 2015, he hauled just 43 passes for 698 yards with six touchdowns.
Similarly, Dural recorded a career-high 37 catches for 758 yards with seven touchdowns as a sophomore in 2014. Returning for his senior season in 2016, the Breaux Bridge native registered 28 receptions for 280 yards with only one touchdown.
"We just were a team that ran the ball more than we passed it, and the coaches felt like that was best thing for us to do to win football games,” Dupre, projected as a second- to third-round pick, said. “So you can’t question that. I don’t question that at all. I enjoyed my time I spent here. I tried to make the best out of every opportunity I was given, and you can see that with my targets and the production from that.”
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Dupre and Dural weren’t the only wide receivers working at LSU’s pro day
The other was someone who hasn’t played football since 2011 at Archbishop Rummel in Metairie.
Cyril Grayson, a four-time national champion and seven-time All-American as an LSU sprinter, worked out for the bevy of NFL personnel present Wednesday. He ran a 4.33 in the 40-yard dash, tying Jamal Adams for the fastest time at pro day. Grayson, who measured in at 5-9¼, 178 pounds, recorded the best broad jump (10-7) and the fastest 60-yard shuttle (11.69 seconds).
Grayson said his plan always was to play football in college, but scholarship limits and issues with compliance prevented that. Grayson has been training on his own in the meantime.
“I miss (playing football) every day,” Grayson said. “It was hard to go to Tiger Stadium and watch the games, going to sleep every night and dreaming about it and waking up and not actually live what I wanted to.”
Grayson said scouts seemed to be impressed with performance at the combine, and he will travel to Seattle on Thursday to meet with the Seahawks.