Some 40 NFL scouts and personnel, including Seahawks’ Pete Carroll and John Schneider, watch 11 former UW players during workout.
Eleven former Huskies participated in Washington’s Pro Day, a private workout Thursday at inside the Dempsey Indoor Practice Facility for roughly 40 scouts and personnel representing 18 NFL teams.
However, the event’s headliner Travis Feeney, didn’t work out due to a recent sports hernia surgery, which put a bit of a damper on the showcase considering the 6-foot-4 linebacker is the only one from the group who is expected to be taken in the April 28-30 NFL draft.
Still, the other UW players hoped a good performance Thursday would lead to a private workout for a NFL team or an invitation to one of the league’s five regional combines, which could potentially increase their draft stock.
The players who participated included: OL James Atoe, DB Brian Clay, P Korey Durkee, WR Marvin Hall, LB Cory Littleton, LS Ryan Masel, WR Jaydon Mickens, TE Josh Perkins, OL Siosifa Tufunga, DT Tani Tupou and RB Dwayne Washington.
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Former Skyline High star quarterback Jake Heaps, who played at BYU, Kansas and Miami, threw passes to Hall, Mickens, Perkins and Tupou during a passing drill. Tupou took several snaps at fullback and hauled in a few nice passes, including an over-the-shoulder grab with his hands.
The drill ended with Mickens and Hall blazing down field to chase down long bombs from Heaps.
“Good day,” Mickens said. “No drops for me so that’s a good day.”
Other highlights included Hall reportedly running a hand-timed 4.28 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Mickens said he ran in the 4.4s and a NFL scout said Washington had the next fastest time at 4.45.
Hall was also the top performer in the vertical leap with a 40-inch jump. Clay charted 38 inches and Washington 37 1/2.
Only four Huskies took part in the broad jump and Washington finished with the best leap at 10 feet 7 inches.
Atoe, who weighed in at 375 pounds, ran 5.3 seconds in the 40 and leaped 28 1/2-inches in the vertical jump.
Littleton said he improved on his performance at last month’s NFL combine. He jumped 32 1/2 inches in the vertical leap and bench pressed 225 pounds 17 times.
“I didn’t bench at the combine because I wasn’t as physically ready,” he said. “I ended up getting exactly what I was planning on.’’
Washington also touched on why he left UW with a year of eligibility remaining.
“I just felt like it was the best fit for me,” he said. “I felt like I did enough here and like it was just best to come out this year due to situations. It was the best fit for me.’’
Here’s video of reaction from players: