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05/01/13 - The Bengals added to their list of college free agents Wednesday morning when they added Auburn running back Onterio McCalebb, New Mexico Highlands linebacker Jordan Campbell, and Oklahoma State kicker Quinn Sharp.
The 5-10, 170-pound McCalebb, the fastest man at the NFL Scouting Combine with a sub 4-3-second 40-yard dash, is making the switch to cornerback for the May 10-12 rookie minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium as the Bengals try to find a position for him while auditioning his return skills. Too slight to play NFL running back, McCalebb could also get a look at receiver. The CFA class stands at 12. - Geoff Hobson, Bengals.com
03/06/13 - 2013 Auburn Pro Day: Onterio McCalebb...McCalebb might have benefited the most from the extra publicity provided by Pro Day. He continued to run blistering - if unofficial - 40 yard dashes with his fastest being unofficially clocked at 4.29 seconds. Scouts who buy into game film more than drills can see his productivity if plugged into the right system. For those looking for workout warriors, McCalebb did not disappoint. While the main knock on McCalebb is his seemingly frail 168-pound frame, he completed 10 reps in the bench press - seven more than 313-pound guard John Sullen - showing that he has the upper body strength to take a hit. McCalebb’s only falter came in receiving drills. Teams willing to buy into his speed must know if he can also catch the ball out of the backfield, and McCalebb dropped two passes early. However, once in a rhythm, McCalebb looked fluid coming out of routes. - Andrew Yawn, The Auburn Plainsman
03/06/13 - 2013 Auburn Pro Day: Former Auburn football stars were trying to impress NFL scouts at pro day Tuesday morning. After a few Tigers impressed coaches at the NFL combine, there was plenty of buzz about Onterio McCalebb, Corey Lemonier, and company. Despite a poor 2012 season, some of Auburn's leaders still attracted attention from NFL scouts at pro day Tuesday. Scouts looking for Onterio Mccalebb had to hurry because of his blazing 4.26 40 time. "When I was up there at the combine, all the coaches asked what are your weaknesses and your strengths," McCalebb said. "I told them my strength is running and my weakness is catching the ball and blocking. But, you can always get better at everything you do." - Dayne Young, WRBL TV 3 News
03/06/13 - 2013 Auburn Pro Day: Representatives from 15 NFL teams gathered at Auburn’s pro day on March 5. A total of 10 players worked out indoors on FieldTurf. Onterio McCalebb, RB (5-10 1/4, 169) - McCalebb ran the 40 in 4.33 and 4.34 seconds, had a 37-inch vertical and 10-10 broad jump, had a 4.31-second short shuttle and 7.01-second three-cone drill, and did 10 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. The best shot for McCalebb at sticking in the NFL is as a return specialist. His size is an issue as far as durability is concerned at the running back position. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
03/06/13 - 2013 Auburn Pro Day: Scouts representing 23 NFL teams were on The Plains Tuesday for the Tigers' annual Pro Day, as 14 former Auburn football players participated in a number of drills and tests hoping to earn a spot in the upcoming NFL Draft. Running back/return specialist Onterio McCalebb, who had one of the fastest 40-yard dash times at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, said of Tuesday’s workout. “It’s always a blessing to go out and compete and show everybody what you can do. I feel like I did well. I really feel blessed to have been able to compete at Auburn one more time. This is home to me.” McCalebb had a vertical jump of 37”, a broad jump of 10’1”, and 10 reps on the bench press in addition to his unofficial times in the three-cone drill (6.92), long (11.17) and short (4.23) shuttles and the 40-yard dash (4.29) at Tuesday’s Pro Day. - Auburn football
03/05/13 - Auburn University will host its pro day on Tuesday, as 14 players try to catch the eye of NFL scouts with April's draft closing in on the horizon. After going through workouts, drills and tests galore at the NFL Combine a little over a week ago, tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen, defensive end Corey Lemonier and running back Onterio McCalebb are back to participate in Auburn's pro day, set to begin Tuesday at 11 a.m.
Lemonier's 4.60-second time in the 40-yard dash was one of the best among defensive linemen, while McCalebb was briefly believed to have broken Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson's previous time of 4.24 seconds in the drill. McCalebb settled for an official time of 4.34 seconds instead, which is like settling for four scoops of ice cream instead of five. Joining them from Auburn's 2012 team are wide receivers Emory Blake, Travante Stallworth and DeAngelo Benton, linebackers Daren Bates and Jonathan Evans, offensive lineman John Sullen and defensive back T'Sharvan Bell. - Griffin Gotta, The Auburn Villager
03/05/13 - What to watch for as Auburn's NFL hopefuls work out at Pro Day...HOW FAST WILL ONTERIO GO? For about an hour at the NFL Combine 10 days ago, Onterio McCalebb had most of the crowd at Indianapolis wondering if he'd broken Chris Johnson's official 40-yard dash time of 4.24 seconds after McCalebb was clocked at 4.21 by the NFL Network. McCalebb's time was officially recorded as a 4.34, leaving him a full tenth off of Johnson's mark, but players tend to run faster at their Pro Days, and McCalebb could put up an eye-popping number. - Joel A. Erickson, Alabama Live
03/05/13 - 2013 Auburn Pro Day: Auburn running back Onterrio McCalebb had done more than enough at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine, running a 4.34 40-yard dash on the fast track at Lucas Oil Stadium during positional testing Feb. 24. He wasn't about to back down from another shot at the stopwatch Tuesday at Auburn's Pro Day. McCalebb ran an unofficial 4.29 40, according to Auburn's athletic department, with a 37-inch vertical and 10-foot-1-inch broadjump. His unofficial 40 time at the combine was 4.21, which would've set a new event record. It was adjusted later to 4.34, but he was still the fastest running back in Indy. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange
03/05/13 - 2013 Auburn Pro Day: Because of his speed, though -- and his explosive abilities; McCalebb leaped 37 inches at Auburn's Pro Day, three full inches higher than his Combine jump -- NFL teams are looking for a way to use him. McCalebb says he probably fits best as a Dexter McCluster type, a player with kick return ability who can be used as a third-down back and receiver out on the edge, but NFL teams asked him to go through defensive back drills on Monday, even though McCalebb hasn't played cornerback since high school.
Other teams have asked him about possibly playing the slot, and he went through all of the same pass-catching drills as the rest of the receivers. McCalebb was timed at 4.23 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle and 6.92 seconds in the 3-cone drill, numbers that would have ranked in the middle of the NFL Combine receivers group. McCalebb says he has no problem changing positions, but his original role is likely his best fit on a football field. "I think I'd do that best, third-down back, line up in the slot, get one-on-one with the linebacker and catch the ball," McCalebb said. - Joel A. Erickson, Alabama Live
03/05/13 - 2013 Auburn Pro Day: McCalebb, to nobody's surprise, ran a blistering 4.29 40-yard dash unofficially at Auburn's Pro Day, a number that fits with the 4.34 he officially ran in Indianapolis a week and a half ago. But most NFL teams are interested in another number with McCalebb. "They want to know if I can gain weight," McCalebb said.
McCalebb, who has been measured at 5-10, said he weighed in at 169 at Auburn's Pro Day, a figure that makes him the lightest running back in the draft. Always slight of build, McCalebb's weight has gone up five pounds since the Senior Bowl, but it can be tough sledding. Auburn has been trying to put weight on McCalebb ever since he arrived. "I think we’ve tried since we’ve been here, and he’s gotten a little bit heavier," Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said. "But he’s put together well. He’s tough. He’s a physical guy, and he’s fearless. That will go a long way.”
McCalebb believes he will continue to get bigger as his draft preparation progresses over the course of the next month and a half. His size has been an issue for years. "It is about size, but when I get to the next level, I have time to put weight on," McCalebb said. "It's all about heart." - Joel A. Erickson, Alabama Live