March 17, 2013
BEAUMONT - Lamar University held its annual football pro day Sunday afternoon at Provost Umphrey Stadium as a pair of National Football League scouts worked out three former Cardinals.
Linebacker Marcus Malbrough and defensive backs Jordan Garrett and Stephone Mercer worked out for scouts from the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks. The trio went through the standard drills that would be used at the NFL combine in the hopes of catching the eye of a pro team.
After the three players were measured and weighed, they each performed a standing broad jump in the Dauphin Athletic Complex weight room. They then did the 225-pound bench press with the 6-5, 245-pound Malbrough putting up 19 reps.
Once outside, they all recorded vertical jumps and then went down to the field for a series of sprints and drills. The two scouts recorded 10-yard, 20-yard and 40-yard dash times for the three former Cardinals.
Following the sprints, each athlete was put through a series of shuttle runs to test their balance, agility and ability to change directions.
Malbrough, a West Brook High School graduate, finished his senior season for the Cardinals with 25 tackles, including seven for loss, and was second on the team with three and a half sacks. Garrett, also of West Brook, registered 26 tackles and had one interception, while Mercer appeared in six games in 2012.
Former Cardinal wide receiver Marcus Jackson impressed at last year's pro day and was able to sign a free agent contract with the Atlanta Falcons following the 2012 NFL Draft. Jackson spent last season as a member of the Falcons' practice squad.