Jacob Burney (left) instructs Larry Ogunjobi (right). PHOTO CREDIT: Tim Parker

Charlotte Pro Day recap

Ogunjobi relies on important lesson to push through

An important lesson came in handy for Larry Ogunjobi as he worked out at Charlotte 49ers Pro Day on Wednesday.

Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman coach Jacob Burney ran the workout for Ogunjobi’s position group. Burney is a 21-year NFL coaching veteran. Burney has high standards and does not hesitate to call players out if they did not do a drill correctly.

As Ogunjobi began his first position drill of the day, Burney made him restart numerous times. On one attempt, Ogunjobi did not even make it halfway through the obstacle when Burney barked “go back!”

That’s when Ogunjobi leaned on the lesson he has learned throughout the NFL Draft process.

“Control what you can control [and that’s] your attitude and your effort,” Ogunjobi said. “You’re going to mess up. You’re going to make mistakes but at the end of the day how are you going to react? I could easily got pissed off and mad…but I had a smile on my face because I’m here. It’s a blessing.”

As he said, Ogunjobi could be seen smiling after being told to restart a drill on multiple occasions. He did not pout or show hostility toward the coaches running the drill. He also provided answers on why he was being asked to restart a drill.

“Burney’s a guy who’s going to put you through the ringer,” Ogunjobi said. “It doesn’t matter if you go to Alabama…Johnson C Smith…[or] Charlotte. He’s going to work you and he’s going to make you go back and make you repeat. He wants to see effort, are you going to quit? And he’s technical. It’s about doing it right and that’s the biggest thing. That’s the point he made. Anybody can do it. Anybody can go through the bag but can you do it the right way and when you do it the right way and they make you do it again, can you do it again? I think that’s what he wanted to see.”

Teams in attendance

The following teams attended Charlotte’s Pro Day: New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Indianapolis Colts, Carolina Panthers, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions.

In addition, NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock attended.


Numbers for the 40-yard dash were not made available on Wednesday. Ogunjobi did not run the 40 or so the bench press. Unofficially, Casey Perry put up 27 reps of 225 pounds. Daquan Lucas put up 23 reps as did Brandon Banks. Jamal Covington put up 22.