Boise State’s NFL hopefuls sought out to prove themselves and maybe catch some new eyes Thursday at the Broncos’ pro day. All 32 teams were in attendance to see the 19 former Broncos taking part in drills.
“The things that the say about you, go out and prove them right. The things they say you can’t do, prove them wrong,” former Boise State cornerback Donte Deayon said.
Among those in attendance Thursday were Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn, Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff, Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano, Seattle Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable and Cincinnati Bengals linebackers coach Jim Haslett.
Here are the unofficial results, provided by Boise State:
40-yard dash: Donte Deayon 4.49 seconds, Tyler Gray 4.6, Marcus Henry 5.1, Tyler Horn 4.88, Holden Huff 4.75, Terrell Johnson 4.8, Taylor Loffler 4.65, Mercy Maston 4.42, Rondell McNair 4.85, Armand Nance 5.3, Darian Thompson 4.5, Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe 5.35, Antoine Turner 4.93, Troy Ware 4.71, Shane Williams-Rhodes 4.4, Kelsey Young 4.5
Vertical jump: Kamalei Correa 34 inches, Donte Deayon 37, Tyler Gray 34.5, Marcus Henry 30, Tyler Horn 31, Holden Huff 32.5, Terrell Johnson 34.5, Taylor Loffler 30, Mercy Maston 36.5, Rondell McNair 37.5, Armand Nance 24, Rees Odhiambo 27, Justin Taimatuia 27.5, Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe 24, Antoine Turner 26, Troy Ware 29, Shane Williams-Rhodes 38, Kelsey Young 35
Bench press (reps at 225): Donte Deayon 12, Tyler Gray 11, Marcus Henry 28, Tyler Horn 20, Holden Huff 13, Terrell Johnson 15, Mercy Maston 12, Rondell McNair 21, Armand Nance 22, Justin Taimatuia 31, Darian Thompson 13, Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe 15, Antoine Turner 24, Troy Ware 7, Shane Williams-Rhodes 11, Kelsey Young 15
Short shuttle: Kamalei Correa 4.25 seconds, Donte Deayon 4.17, Tyler Gray 4.42, Marcus Henry 4.5, Tyler Horn 4.28, Holden Huff 4.28, Terrell Johnson 4.52, Taylor Loffler 4.13, Mercy Maston 4.26, Rondell McNair 4.53, Armand Nance 4.75, Rees Odhiambo 4.7, Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe 4.72, Antoine Turner 4.5, Troy Ware 4.35, Shane Williams-Rhodes 4.11, Kelsey Young 4.2
L-Drill (three-cone): Kamalei Correa 6.87, Donte Deayon 6.7, Tyler Gray 6.86, Marcus Henry, 7.8, Tyler Horn 7.3, Holden Huff 7.15, Taylor Loffler 6.95, Mercy Maston 6.97, Rondell McNair 7.31, Armand Nance 7.46, Rees Odhiambo 7.85, Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe 7.71, Antoine Turner 7.42, Troy Ware 6.98, Shane Williams-Rhodes 7.05, Kelsey Young 7.1
Broad jump: Kamalei Correa 9'9", Donte Deayon 10'7", Tyler Gray 9'11, Marcus Henry 8'5", Tyler Horn 9'3", Holden Huff 9'9", Terrell Johnson 9'10", Taylor Loffler 9'11", Mercy Maston 9'10", Armand Nance 8'4", Rees Odhiambo 7'9", Justin Taimatuia 8'5", Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe 9'9", Antoine Turner 8'7", Troy Ware 9'2", Shane Williams-Rhodes 9'9", Kelsey Young 10'
Former Boise State defensive end Kamalei Correa spoke to the media for the first time since he declared for the NFL Draft in late December, opting to forego his senior year. Correa ran a solid 4.69-yard 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, and opted not to run again Thursday, but did take part in on-field drills.
“It went pretty good,” Correa said. “It was just a waiting moment, just waiting for pro day after the combine ... it was exciting to go out with my boys one last time, it just felt good to be back on the football field doing drills again.”
Correa felt he answered some questions about his coverage skills and his movement with his work Thursday.
“My one goal as to give everything I have,” he said.
Thursday’s pro day was important for former Broncos Darian Thompson and Rees Odhiambo. Thompson was ill in the days leading up to last month’s NFL Scouting Combine, and he struggled. Thompson ran a 4.69-yard 40-yard dash in Indianapolis, but posted an unofficial time of 4.5 seconds Thursday.
“It was never really something I worried about, because I knew I had pro day, and I came out here and capitalized today, I think,” Thompson said. “I feel like I ran better, definitely. Overall, I believe I had a good day.”
Thompson had a confidence he would be able to sway doubters Thursday, even if it was his last chance to work out in front of that many teams.
“I’ve never been a great tester my whole life, but I know how to play football,” Thompson said. “... you don’t have to be a magnificent tester to be able to play football”
Thompson said he has met with the Eagles and Titans, with a visit lined up to the Steelers next week. He said the Panthers will have him work out for them in the coming days.
Odhiambo, who had surgery on both ankles in the offseason, said he had to re-learn how to do some things.
“It all felt pretty good,” Odhiambo said. “... I feel like I did pretty good today. It’s been fun and interesting, a lot of hard work.”
Nineteen former Boise State football players will show what they’ve got for all 32 teams Thursday on campus, testing their bench press, jumps, 40-yard dash and more.
Among those Broncos are safety Darian Thompson and offensive lineman Rees Odhiambo, who can prove plenty with their showing. Thompson was sick prior to his workouts at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis last month and had a sub-par showing. Odhiambo was still recovering from an ankle injury and did not take part in on-field drills, but he will Thursday.
Here is the list of participants expected to take part Thursday:
Kamalei Correa (STUD/DE)
Donte Deayon (CB)
Tyler Gray (LB)
Marcus Henry (C)
Tyler Horn (DL)
Holden Huff (TE)
Terrell Johnson (WR/KR)
Taylor Loffler (DB)
Mercy Maston (DB)
Rondell McNair (DL)
Armand Nance (DL)
Rees Odhiambo (OL)
Justin Taimatuia (DL)
Darian Thompson (S)
Ricky Tjong-aTjoe (DL)
Antoine Turner (DL)
Troy Ware (WR)
Shane Williams-Rhodes (WR)
Kelsey Young (RB)