FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Wide receivers Dominique Reed and Cody Hollister stole the show Wednesday at the Arkansas Razorbacks’ pro day.
Reed — who, by all measures, had a very disappointing senior season — ran the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds and recorded a 40-inch vertical jump.
Hollister captivated everyone in attendance during his turn on the bench press, throwing up the 225-pound weight a stunning 29 times — 8 more reps than the second-best bench presser to participate in the Arkansas pro day.
“I feel this was very, very important,” Reed said of his pro day performance. “I knew that from my season not going as well as I wanted it to … it was very important.”
Arkansas coach Bret Bielema was visibly bewildered by Reed throughout the 2016 season. Reed transferred to Arkansas from Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College and started 6 games during his junior year, recording 535 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns.
Much was expected of Reed in 2016, but during Bielema’s first press conference of fall camp, he referred to Reed as being “half-in, half-out.”
Reed dropped several passes in 2016 and generally had a difficult time staying on the field. He finished with 16 catches for 225 yards and 2 touchdowns, but there were still moments when he looked like an absolute superstar.
He caught a 51-yard touchdown pass against Ole Miss and a 44-yard touchdown against LSU. But the day after the LSU game, he was late for a team workout.
Reed was not invited to the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine last month in Indianapolis, but based on his impressive pro day, might still get an NFL shot — even if he remains unlikely to be drafted.
Hollister, meanwhile, caught only 27 passes for 342 yards and 1 touchdown in his 3 seasons with the Razorbacks. He also rushed for a touchdown last season.
Still, during Bielema’s pre-pro day media availability, he predicted Hollister would “open people’s eyes” with his showing.
Considering their overall lack of production as Razorbacks — and Reed’s seeming struggle to be fully committed — it’s unlikely that one good day would cause any NFL teams to entirely change their opinions on Reed and Hollister.
But Wednesday was undoubtedly a good day for the two.