12 former University of Washington football players will work out for NFL scouts Thursday morning at the Dempsey Indoor.
A year ago, the University of Washington’s annual Pro Day was one of the featured attractions for NFL scouts as they made their pre-draft tour of colleges.
But this year, without the presence of four players who ended up being taken in the top 44 in the draft, UW’s Pro Day looks a little more off-Broadway.
Only one of the 12 players expected to be present generally shows up on draft lists — linebacker Travis Feeney. But he is not expected to take part in drills after having recently had sports hernia surgery, according to NFLDraftScout.com. Even without taking part in drills players can be interviewed and meet coaches.
Even if healthy Feeney might possibly have rested on what he did at the NFL Combine last month in Indianapolis when he emerged as one of the players perceived to have helped himself the most after posting some impressive numbers, notably running a pair of 4.50 times in the 40-yard dash. That was the second-fastest time among the linebackers behind only a 4.47 of Ohio State’s Darron Lee who is generally regarded as a first-round pick.
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Only one other UW player, linebacker Cory Littleton, was invited to the Combine. But he is not considered a sure thing to get drafted. Littleton is among the 12 players expected to participate Thursday.
The others are: defensive back Brian Clay, punter Korey Durkee, receiver Marvin Hall, snapper Ryan Masel, receiver Jaydon Mickens, tight end Josh Perkins, offensive lineman Siosifa Tufunga, defensive lineman Taniela Tupou, running back Dwayne Washington and offensive lineman James Atoe.
Mickens tweeted that former Skyline High QB Jake Heaps will throw to him (and presumably others, as well) during Pro Day. Heaps was in camp with the Jets last pre-season before being released.
Atoe graduated from UW in 2014 while the others were part of the 2015 team. Washington declared for the draft with a year of eligibility remaining.