Former Alabama linebacker Nico Johnson said he thought he did a lot better Thursday at his second Pro Day. |                      Andrew Garner/Star-News
Former Alabama linebacker Nico Johnson said he thought he did a lot better Thursday at his second Pro Day. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

A better performance

Published 12:02am Friday, April 12, 2013

Nico Johnson said he felt like he performed a lot better at his second Alabama Pro Day on Thursday in Tuscaloosa.

Johnson, the former Crimson Tide linebacker, put himself on display for NFL coaches and scouts as he ran through the 40-yard dash, along with some agility drills.

Overall, the Andalusia native said he did well.

“I think I did better,” Johnson said. “I felt better. I felt like I ran better.”

Johnson said that he stumbled on a couple drills because they weren’t normal linebacker drills. He was the only linebacker present at the Pro Day. Damion Square participated as the only defensive lineman.

“I don’t think there was a linebackers coach there,” Johnson said. “It was a drill where it was really based on reaction. I’m not used to seeing that, but I’m not making any excuses. It was just something I’m not familiar with.”

However, Johnson said he ran through the drill a second time and did better.

One of the most popular drills that coaches, scouts and even fans like to watch is the 40-yard dash.

Each player was allowed to run the 40 twice.

Johnson said he finished his first run in 4.68 seconds, and around 4.8 seconds for his second try.

“I could’ve done a whole lot better,” he said about his times. “In the short period of time where I had to train, I’m pleased with it. At this time, it doesn’t really matter anymore.”

Before he stepped on the fake turf in the Hank Crisp Indoor Practice Facility on Alabama’s campus, Johnson did the vertical and broad jumps.

“My vertical went up to a 30, or whatever it was, and my broad jump went up, but didn’t go up by much,” he said.

Right after the 2013 Snior Bowl, Johnson had sports hernia surgery, and shortly afterward, participated in his first Pro Dayon March 13.

The main difference between his first Pro Day, and Thursday’s exhibition was how he felt, Johnson said.

“I felt more comfortable than the first time,” he said. “Right after the surgery, I felt kind of uptight. I wasn’t confident in my mind.

“(Thursday), I was confident,” he said. “It was a little bit different. I was more comfortable than anything.”

Right now for Johnson, it’s a waiting game until the NFL Draft April 25-27. He said he hasn’t decided whether he’ll be in Andalusia or Tuscaloosa for the draft, but will make the decision soon.

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