Husky Football Blog
Times reporter Bob Condotta keeps the news coming about the Montlake Dawgs.
March 15, 2008 4:23 PM
Posted by Bob Condotta
UW's Pro Day was held Friday, and while it wasn't open to the media, I've been able to get a little bit of information from it with the help of Rob Rang, who is a senior analyst for NFLDraftScout.com.
(Pro Day, for those who may not be aware, is when NFL teams send scouts to campus and run players eligible to be drafted through a number of different tests).
Rang said one player who helped himself was Marcel Reece, who was timed at 4.48 in the 40-yard dash. Reece also had a vertical leap of 36.5 inches and ran the 20-yard shuttle in 4.21.
Rang said Reece is garnering some attention from scouts as an H-back type player and that his 40 time will only add to the intrigue. He said he thinks Reece is the Husky closest to being drafted, though he thinks ultimately no Husky will be taken.
"Reece has a shot as a late-round guy, or more likely a free agent, as an H-back or fullback kind of role,'' Rang said.
Also helping himself was WR Anthony Russo, who opened some eyes with a time of 11.05 in the long (60-yard) shuttle run.
"That's very impressive,'' Rang said.
Russo also recorded 40-yard times of 4.51 and 4.54 and had a vertical leap of 34 inches.
Rang said Russo's workout "stunned me and I'm sure it will stun some scouts, as well.'' Still, he said he thinks it unlikely Russo will be drafted.
Also turning in some intriguing numbers was defensive end Greyson Gunheim, who ran a 4.58 40, benched 225 pounds 28 times, had a vertical of 36 inches and ran the short shuttle in 4.32. He also ran the three-cone shuttle in 6.76. All are solid numbers for a defensive end prospect.
Rang said those numbers give further proof that Gunheim "is a very good athlete.'' But he said he thinks Gunheim is still likely to have to go the free agent route. The Chargers, Jaguars, Panthers, Raiders and Falcons are all thought to be interested in Gunheim.
Rang said the other Husky senior on the radar of some teams is RB Louis Rankin. But he said Rankin could be caught in a numbers game.
"This year the running back depth is so good that it pushes him into free agency,'' he said.