Former Buffs Mell Holliday and Mark Mariscal joined 12 players who were seniors on last year’s Colorado team at the event. Boise State quarterback Tyler Tharp was also involved in the workout. Tharp, from Boulder, was invited to the camp so receivers, defensive backs and linebackers could have someone to throw to them. (Current players are not allowed to participate at the Pro Day).
Each of the participants started off in the Dal Ward weightroom, where they were weighed and measured. Most then took part in the vertical jump and bench press there.
The group, which included roughly 30 scouts or coaches from various NFL teams, next moved to CU’s practice bubble. There, the NFL hopefuls ran the 40-yard dash, 3-cone and L drills. Some later participated in position-specific drills so scouts could get a look at them in action.
Hugh Charles and Terrence Wheatley had the best numbers on the day. Charles put up 25 repetitions of 225 pounds in the bench press, and had the fastest 40 time – a 4.43 clocking. Wheatley bettered the vertical jump mark he took at last month’s NFL Combine in Indianapolis by touching 38.5 inches above his standing reach Wednesday. (That lead ties the highest leap recorded at the Combine this year). Wheatley ran a 4.37 40 at the Combine, and did not run it again Wednesday.
“I felt like I did a good job with the process,” Wheatley said. “It’s been a long process and a stressful one, but I’ve been trying to enjoy it because I know it’s a special opportunity that most people never get to experience.”
Jordon Dizon improved some of his numbers from the NFL Combine on Wednesday.
“It was good to improve from my numbers in the combine and I did that in most things,” Dizon said. “Pro Day can’t hurt you; they already have your combine times. If you beat them great, if not they forget them.”
Pro Timing Day Results
Name, Height/Weight, Bench Reps (225 pounds), Vert., 40 dash
Alonzo Barrett, 6-3, 232, 20, 29.5, 4.81
Hugh Charles, 5-8, 191, 25, 36.5, 4.43
Tyson DeVree, 6-5.5, 244, 14, 34.5, 4.75
Jordon Dizon, 6-0, 225, 12, 24.5, 4.59
Lionel Harris, 6-0, 197, 17, 32.5, 4.75
Edwin Harrison, 6-3, 309, 23, 28.5, 5.47
Mell Holliday, 5-8, 215, 20, 33, 4.69
Bernard Jackson, 60, 191, 13, 32.5, 4.84
Mark Mariscal, 6-0, 198, DNP…
Chase McBride, 5-6, 173, 17, 31.5, 4.71
Tyler Polumbus, 6-7, 305, 24*, 33, 5.15
Joe Sanders, 6-2, 226, 15, 35, 4.67
Dusty Sprague, 6-3, 190, DNP, 32.5, 4.57
Taylor Tharp, 6-1, 206, DNP, DNP, 5.00
Terrence Wheatley, 5-9, 198, 17*, 38.5, 4.37*
* Recorded at NFL Combine
Notes: Barrett, who played defensive end his entire career at CU, worked out as a linebacker…Wheatley said he has been looked at as a kick returner in the NFL; he finished his CU career with 1,350 kickoff return yards, good for second all-time…Harris recorded a day-best time of 6.74 in the 3-cone drill; the mark was better than any safety recorded at the combine…Former CU linebacker and Butkus Award winner Matt Russell was on hand as a scout for the Philadelphia Eagles…Former tight end Joe Klopfenstein, a member of the St. Louis Rams, was in attendance …The NFL Draft is scheduled to take place on April 26 (rounds one and two) and April 27 (rounds three through seven).