Auburn, Ala.--Cooper Wallace’s second exposure to a pack of pro scouts turned out to be a satisfying one for the Auburn University senior tight end.
Still, he was glad to put that part of his training as a National Football League draftee candidate in the rear view mirror.
“I am glad it is over,” Wallace told Inside the Auburn Tigers on Thursday after Auburn’s annual Pro Day, which featured dozens of National Football League scouts checking out Tiger players. Some, like Wallace, had already worked out at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis and others were testing for the pros for the first time.
“It wasn’t as intimidating as the combine,” Wallace says. “I was much more relaxed and had better times.”
Wallace ran his two attempts at the 40-yard dash in the 4.7s. “The fastest time I heard was 4.7 flat,” he says. “If some people got that, it would be a very good time for me. My jumps improved, both long jump and vertical, and I think I looked pretty solid catching the football.”
Wallace went 31 inches in the vertical jump and nine feet, one inch in the standing broad jump. “That is the first time I have ever jumped nine feet so I was real pleased with that,” the tight end says.
Cooper Wallace catches a pass at pro day.
He says that working out at Competitive Edge Sports in Atlanta paid dividends for him. “Now I am going back to Nashville and do regular football workouts, not just drills to get me ready for the combine,” he says. “I am kind of excited about that. I am tired of working on stuff that doesn’t really happen in football.”
A variety of NFL teams had scouts closely watching the Auburn tight end. However, Wallace says it is a mystery to him on where he might be drafted.
“I think there are a couple of teams that like me,” he says. “I have heard my name is on the draft board in the fifth round for several teams, but the pro scouts are not really saying too much. I would be definitely excited to go anywhere.”
Wallace measured 6-3 1/8 and 260 pounds at the start of Thursday’s pro day. “That surprised me because the combine had me at 6-3 1/2,” he says.
Getting a chance to do the combine drills in a familiar setting with teammates was a good thing, Wallace adds. “Having some of my teammates with me at the combine was a plus, but it really feels good here so it is even better in Auburn.”