March 13, 2014
LARAMIE, Wyo. - Nine former University of Wyoming football players showcased their skills Thursday in the Indoor Practice Facility for Pro Timing Day.
In all, six offensive and three defensive players made up UW's group. The nine players participated in various field tests, including the vertical jump, standing long jump, the 40-yard dash, 3-cone test, I-test, 60-yard shuttle. The day was capped off by position-specific testing for each player.
Among the former Cowboys to return to Laramie for the event included safety Luke Anderson, defensive lineman Justin Bernthaler, wide receiver Jarrod Darden, running back Tedder Easton, wide receiver Robert Herron, defensive back Marqueston Huff, wide receiver Chris McNeill, running back Brandon Miller and quarterback Brett Smith.
Overall, 22 scouts representing 19 NFL teams were in attendance. The personnel in attendance represented the Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers, San Francisco 49ers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Players like Herron, Huff and Smith have received pre-draft buzz from various media outlets and hoped for an opportunity to improve their draft stock in the eyes of NFL squads. The 2014 NFL Draft takes place May 8-10 in New York City.
Smith has trained at EXOS in Carlsbad, Calif., for several weeks and had a good performance, throwing multiple routes to different receivers.
"It showed everything I've been working on for the last two and a half months," Smith said. "I'm hoping all the hard work paid off. Now, I just want to get back to work and do what I can to improve my mechanics and basically do everything all over again."
Herron showed some great speed in his drills and 40-yard dash. He spent time training in Arizona before the NFL Combine (Feb. 22-25) and at Athletes Performance in San Diego after the Combine.
"I felt I did well and was happy with my performance," Herron said. "I'm going to keep training and working hard. I have plenty of more workouts and then I plan to go back home and get ready for the draft."
Huff worked out in his home state of Texas before and after the Combine. He showed off nice hands and quickness in the defensive back drills.
"I felt like my drills went really well," Huff said. "We just went out there and showed up. I wanted to make my footwork as close to perfect as I could get. I plan on just soaking up as much as I can before the draft."