OKLAHOMA CITY -- A week after loudly complaining about the surface he was forced to run on in front of NFL scouts, former Oklahoma receiver Malcolm Kelly got his second chance Wednesday.
Malcolm Kelly, WR
His agent, Chad Speck, said he bettered his time in the 40-yard dash by more than two-tenths of a second in the workout at the University of Oklahoma.
Speck said Kelly ran the 40 as fast as 4.46 Wednesday after running a 4.68 on OU's pro day one week ago. But NFL.com's Gil Brandt reports Kelly ran the 40 in 4.63 and 4.65 in front of three NFL teams -- Cleveland, Green Bay and the New York Giants.
Kelly (6-3 7/8, 225) ran a 4.15 short shuttle, 6.83 cone drill, had 14 reps in the bench press and once again looked good catching the ball, reports Brandt. Former Nebraska quarterback Eric Crouch threw him 22 "catchable" passes, and Kelly caught all but one.
Speck said the scouts may have added time to his results to reflect the faster surface he was on Wednesday.
"There's nothing that we can do about, if a team decides to adjust it," Speck said.
"He ran much faster today."
complained after the workout last week that he had expected to run on the
AstroTurf inside Oklahoma's indoor track facility, but was forced instead to
run on a softer surface, resulting in the slower time. He has since apologized
and thanked OU for setting up the latest workout.
Kelly said the workout went well.
"Like I said, last week I made a lot of immature decisions going off
like that," said Kelly, who complained that the slow time would cost him
money, a red flag for NFL teams.
He said he spoke with OU coach Bob Stoops for more than an hour and there
are no hard feelings.
"He told me I never game him any trouble. He just said there's no bad
blood between us."
Speck dismissed speculation that Kelly's outburst about the first workout
would cause his draft stock to fall. Kelly left after the workout for
Washington, D.C., to meet with the Washington Redskins, followed by a meeting
Thursday with the Dallas Cowboys, then with the San Francisco 49ers Friday.
Information from the Associated Press was included in this report