VIDEO: WR Jaydon Mickens after UW Pro Day
It was a relatively uneventful Pro Day at the University of Washington this afternoon, but here are a few quick notes and quotes from the festivities.
--- There appeared to be representatives from about 20 NFL teams in attendance, including several members of the Seattle Seahawks organization. Among the Seahawks entourage: general manager John Schneider, head coach Pete Carroll, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and several other assistants. Schneider, Bevell and Carroll each had long conversations with Huskies coach Chris Petersen.
--- The day might have been more notable for who didn’t work out than who did. Outside linebacker Travis Feeney, likely the Huskies’ most draftable player, was in attendance but did not test as he is recovering from surgery to repair a sports hernia. Feeney said he had been dealing with the hernia “all year” and that the surgery was painless. He expects to resume training at the end of April, about six weeks after the operation.
“I’m anxious man. I’m nervous,” Feeney said of waiting for the draft. “I just want it to be here already. I just want to get it done with. …Not a lot of people get to be in my shoes. I’m blessed. I’m just taking it for what it is, and thanking the man upstairs.”
--- Wide receiver Jaydon Mickens said he felt he had a solid day. He caught several passes from former Skyline High School quarterback Jake Heaps -- the two connected earlier this week, Mickens said -- appearing to run crisp routes and, most importantly, he didn’t drop any balls.
Mickens also said he was told that he ran the 40-yard dash “somewhere in the 4.4s,” which he also seemed pleased with. He posted a 35 1/2-inch vertical leap and ran a 3.9 in the shuttle.
--- Wide receiver Marvin Hall had the highest vertical leap of the day at 40 inches. Brian Clay checked in at 38 inches, and Dwayne Washington put up 37 1/2. Washington also leapt 10-feet, 7-inches in the broad jump.
--- Defensive tackle Taniela Tupou also caught some passes as a fullback, saying afterward that he’s simply trying to showcase as many skills as possible in order to get a look from NFL teams. Tupou was used as an extra tight end in some jumbo goal-line packages for the Huskies last season.
--- Other former UW players who participated: LB Cory Littleton, OL Siosifa Tufunga, TE Joshua Perkins and OL James Atoe. Long-snapper Ryan Masel and punter Korey Durkee each participated in position drills only, and did not test.
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