I couldn't attend UW's pro day this morning because I'm covering the state basketball tournament at the Tacoma Dome for our paper, but Dave Boling did attend, providing these observations from today's workout.
-- Some familiar faces among the NFL talent evaluators on hand in the UW weight room and the Dempsey Center: Former Seahawks general managers Randy Mueller (Chargers) and Bob Ferguson (Colts); former Hawks assistant and UW head coach Keith Gilbertson (Browns); and almost the entire current Seahawks’ staff including head coach Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider. It was interesting to see Carroll introduce himself and have a brief chat with UW quarterback Jake Locker, who was on hand as an observer, but who passed on the NFL this time around in favor of returning for his senior season.
--No question, the two most obvious talents were linebacker Donald Butler and defensive end Daniel Te’o-Nesheim. Butler measured 6-foot and 7/8 inch and 235 pounds. He had the best vertical of 35.5 inches. He did not bench press since he was so impressive at the scouting combine, having a linebacker-best of 35 reps of 225 pounds.
Although the athletes weren’t given their times, and nothing official was announced, one scout told me that Te’o-Nesheim had run in the 4.63-4.66 range for the 40. That’s impressive considering he measured 6-3 ½ and 267. Butler also was clocked in what he thought was somewhere in the “4.6s.” He said he had hoped to dip into the 4.5s.
Interestingly, when coaches broke the players down into individual skill drills, Te’o-Nesheim was tested as a pass rusher, but also in the linebacker drills. One scout said that he thought his speed and pass-rush ability might make him a real candidate to play outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense.
A scout suggested that Butler looked like maybe a 4th or 5th round prospect, but Te’o-Nesheim might be moving upward in a lot of evaluators’ eyes.
--Husky coach Steve Sarkisian talked briefly afterward about his athletes, particularly the two prime prospects. He cited both Butler and Te’o-Nesheim for being loaded with intangibles such as intelligence and high-effort.