Combine, pro day have helped boost former Boise State LB Tanner Vallejo's stock
Former Boise State linebacker Tanner Vallejo had a strong showing at the NFL Combine earlier this month, and though he didn’t run the 40-yard dash Thursday at Boise State’s pro day, he still showed some skills for the pro scouts in attendance.
Vallejo did not do the bench press at the combine in Indianapolis still recovering from wrist surgery he had in November, but did lift Thursday, doing 19 reps at 225 pounds.
“I think I’m helping myself with these workouts and all that, just trying to make one team fall in love with me and take the shot,” Vallejo said. “... I (wanted to show) my wrist was good, going to the combine, that was the first time I’d caught a ball, so it was a little iffy. I’m feeling good right now, the best shape I’ve ever been in, I can only imagine once I get pads on how I’ll be playing.”
Vallejo said he believes his workouts have helped his possibility of being drafted.
“It’s sounding good right now, but you never really know,” Vallejo said.
In the coming weeks, Vallejo currently has private workouts set up with the Falcons and Panthers.
Though he will likely be drafted next month, former Boise State running back Jeremy McNichols was a spectator on Thursday. He had shoulder surgery earlier this month after the combine, where he turned some heads.
“I’m glad I did at the combine, or I probably would’ve been dreading not being able to work out today,” McNichols said. “I knew I had to get my shoulder fixed, I knew that was more important to my career.”
McNichols said he played through last season with a torn labrum, and that “it’s pretty crazy” to think he probably could have been even more productive. He said he should be healed by the time training camps begin in July. He has a few workouts scheduled with teams, but declined to say who.
“I’m not nervous at all, everything’s out there: my resume’s out there, my film’s out there, my times are out there, there’s nothing else for me to stress about,” McNichols said. “Everything is out of my hands at this point.”
Here are the unofficial times and marks for the Broncos from pro day.
40-yard dash (top time first): WR Thomas Sperbeck, 4.47 seconds; CB Raymond Ford and CB Jonathan Moxey, 4.53; WR Chaz Anderson and S Chanceller James, 4.54; LB Ben Weaver, 4.8; DE Sam McCaskill, 4.85; OL Travis Averill, 5.31; OL Mario Yakoo, 5.34.
60-yard shuttle (alphabetical): Anderson 11.3 seconds; Ford 11.48; James 11.68; McCaskill 11.77; Moxey 11.39; Sperbeck, 11.06; Vallejo 12.12; Weaver 11.62.
Pro agility: Anderson 4.15 seconds; Averill 4.6; Ford 4.09; James 4.22; McCaskill 4.28; Moxey 4.11; Sperbeck 4.03; Vallejo 4.22; Weaver 4.16; Yakoo 4.65.
L-drill: Anderson 6.95 seconds; Averill 7.61; Ford 6.98; James 7.00; McCaskill 7.28; Moxey 6.88; Sperbeck 6.73; Weaver 7.06; Yakoo 7.81
Vertical jump: Anderson 35.5 inches; Averill 24.5; Ford 32.5; James 31; McCaskill 33.5; Moxey 33; Sperbeck 32; Weaver 29.5; Yakoo 25
Broad jump: Anderson 9-foot-11; Averill 8-4; Ford 9-11; James 10-1; McCaskill 9-10; Moxey 10-1; Sperbeck 9-4; Weaver 9-1; Yakoo 8-4
Bench press (225 pounds): Anderson 19 reps; Averill 23; Ford 4; James 21; McCaskill 14; Moxey 17; Sperbeck 10; Vallejo 19; Weaver 16; Yakoo 18.
You can check out video of the Broncos who ran the 40-yard dash here.
Per Boise State, 30 scouts were on hand from 26 NFL teams and two CFL teams.
Former Boise State offensive lineman Mario Yakoo said he will have a workout with the Chargers on April 13.
Boise State will hold its annual pro day on Thursday morning, with weight room work first, followed by on-field drills.
Here is the list of participants:
Chaz Anderson (WR)
Travis Averill (OL)
Raymond Ford (CB)
Chanceller James (S)
Sam McCaskill (DE)
Jonathan Moxey (CB)
Tyler Rausa (K)
Thomas Sperbeck (WR)
Tanner Vallejo (LB)
Sean Wale (P)
Ben Weaver (LB)
Mario Yakoo (OL)
Recent graduates Holden Huff, Terrell Johnson, Armand Nance and Kelsey Young will also be participating.