Tailback Jay Ajayi, quarterback Grant Hedrick and wide receiver Matt Miller were among the former Boise State football players who worked out for NFL scouts Wednesday at Caven-Williams Sports Complex. You can watch Ajayi’s workout above, Miller’s and Hedrick’s workouts below and interviews with Ajayi, Miller and Hedrick below. A compilation of the other participants’ highlights also is below.
Hedrick was 45-for-48 passing to Miller, Ajayi, linebacker-turned-fullback Blake Renaud and tight end Connor Peters. One miss was a high throw that glanced off Miller’s hands (it’s in the Miller video). The other misses were clear drops by Renaud and Peters.
Ajayi skipped the athletic testing and just did running back drills. He was pleased with his testing results at the NFL Scouting Combine.
More than 20 pro teams, including a couple from the CFL, were represented. The Jaguars, Seahawks and Chargers sent their running backs coaches to watch Ajayi.
“At first I didn’t think there’d be any scouts there because he worked out and did everything at the combine,” an NFL scout said. “From the amount of scouts there, it shows there’s still a lot of interest.”
Some results and notes after talking to the scout:
– Hedrick ran the 40-yard dash in 4.63 and 4.65 seconds (would have tied for fourth among QBs at the combine). He ran the 20-yard shuttle in 4.35 seconds (would have been seventh) and the three-cone drill in 7.08 seconds (would have been sixth). He had a 31-inch vertical and 9-foot, 3-inch broad jump. “He looked good,” the scout said. “He’s accurate. His arm looked strong. He had good touch. He worked out well as far as the combine numbers. Those are really good.” The negative for Hedrick was that he measured about a quarter-inch short of 6 feet and weighed 196 pounds.
– Miller, who still isn't full strength, ran 4.75-4.76 in the 40. He had a 34-inch vertical and 9-6 broad jump. He ran 4.43 in the 20-yard shuttle and 7.14 in the three-cone drill, which were good for his size. “They said he’s not 100 percent,” the scout said. “I don’t think he’s fast to begin with and he’s not a guy that just wows you when you watch him on tape. ... I know he’s a good player.”
– CB Cleshawn Page was the fastest player of the day at 4.46-4.43 in the 40 (would have been third among corners at the combine). He ran the shuttles in 4.0 and 7.0 seconds. He had a 40-inch vertical (would have tied for fourth) and 10-7 broad jump. “He had a good workout,” the scout said. That might be enough to get him a free agent deal.
– CB Bryan Douglas ran 4.58-4.62 in the 40 and had a 38-inch vertical.
– K Dan Goodale was 13-for-15 with a long of 60 on field goals. He missed from 51 and 60. “That opened some scouts’ eyes,” the scout said. “He did very well kicking. He was impressive.”
– Other 40 times: Martin 4.97-4.92, Peters 5.0-4.96, Renaud 4.96-4.90.
Some highlights from the interviews:
Matt Miller (story on his recovery here)
–– On his left ankle, which needed surgery in October: "I’m pretty close to being 100 percent healthy. The last few weeks, I started feeling really good, started getting that explosive twitch back. ... I felt pretty good today, but I still think I could have done better given more time."
– On pro day: "Ever since the injury, this day has been in my mind that you have to be at your best this day and go show everybody that you’re getting healthy and that you’re still able to play this game."
– On his future: "It’s a lifelong dream of mine to go play in the NFL. The ranches and the farming, they’re not going anywhere. That’s something I can do for the rest of my life. You can only play football for a certain amount of years, so it’s been a goal of mine ever since I started playing football. That’s why I’m still going to go for it, work my butt off. And if it doesn’t work out, I’ve got a great fallback and a passion in cattle."
– On Hedrick: “He threw well, ran well – he looked good. I missed that guy the last few weeks. You’ve been with each other for five years and it’s kind of like a divorce there for a little bit. For him to do good, it makes me happy.”
– On the day: "It was fun. It wasn’t a whole lot of pressure. I’ve played in front of a lot of people before. That’s kind of how I treated it, like a game. It was good."
– On his times: “It felt good, that’s all I care about.”
– On Miller: "Matt ran some great routes. He looked really good out there, back to his normal self. It was nice to see that."
– On his goal: "I just wanted to go out and kill the position drills. I know that I am very versatile. I know I can catch the ball out of the backfield. I just wanted to prove that again."
– On draft prep: “It’s been a grind but I’ve been enjoying it. This is a blessing to be in this position. I’m just enjoying every second of it.”
– On his expectations: “It’s just an opportunity for you to showcase your skills. For me, I’m a pretty unknown product.”
– On the challenge of making an NFL team as a kicker: “It’s definitely difficult to break in as a kicker. Realistically, you want to get yourself into a camp and kick well and even if you don’t make the squad this year you’re on a list of guys that have an opportunity or have potential down the road. It takes a couple years to break in.”