Brian Randolph has heard the naysayers.
The former Tennessee safety plans to prove them wrong at the Vols’ Pro Day on Wednesday morning.
Randolph said he hopes to bench press 225 pounds 30 times. While that seems a bit of a stretch, Randolph’s goal in the 40-yard dash seems much more achievable. Randolph is sure he can run in the 4.5 range, but said he hopes to post a 4.4.
“People think I’m slow,” said Randolph, who was listed at Tennessee at 6-foot and 208 pounds last season. “I’m going to show them. I ain’t slow. I’m going to burn it…Some people think I’m going to run a 4.7. I don’t know where they get that from. We’ll find out.”
Randolph said being questioned about his athleticism and getting passed over for an invite to the NFL combine were motivating factors during his training following his senior season.
“They throw everything at you,” Randolph said. “Uneducated, I’m guessing. They’re going to get educated (Wednesday). I’m going to be flying out there.”
Randolph said he’ll participate in every drill the NFL scouts and coaches wants to see..
“I’m going to do everything,” Randolph said. “I ain’t got nothing to hide.
Randolph said he’s been working out in Houston and recently spent some time working with former Tennessee defensive back Justin Coleman, who has managed to hang on in the NFL with a handful of teams after a surprising pro day workout last season. Coleman ended the season with the New England Patriots.
“You see how great he did, playing with the former champions, New England,” Randolph said. “That’s definitely motivation for me. It shows I can do it. I played with him. He’s a great guy.
Randolph said playing in the SEC can only help his transition to the NFL.
“I’ve faced the best athletes there are out there,” Randolph said. “I’ve seen it all. I’ve been through a lot out here at Tennessee so I have a lot of experience under my belt. I’d like to think there’s not a lot I haven’t seen. I can play with the best of them.”
Certainly, Randolph seems loose. Nerves don’t figure to be a factor when he takes to the field on Wednesday.
“It’s been motivating definitely, that (everybody thinks) I’m slow,” he said. “I don’t have anything to prove. They already think I’m slow…I got the form. It’s going to be all smooth. It’s going to be fast more importantly. I ain’t slow on the field. I ain’t slow in real life.”
He’s out to prove as much.