The weather conditions weren’t good by any stretch of the imagination, but the marks were much better for six former Eastern Washington University football players who tested in front of 18 National Football League scouts on EWU’s annual Pro Day March 6 in Cheney.
Wide receiver Brandon Kaufman, who participated in February’s NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Ind., improved on four marks, and several other players had impressive marks as well. But the weather – including a deluge of snow, sleet and rain that even caused a five-minute power outage – forced some of the testing indoors and limited the passing and catching drills scheduled later in the afternoon.
“I think it was a really good Pro Day – everyone did really well,” Kaufman said. “The weather wasn’t ideal, but we were all willing to run routes – we’ve played in snow like this before.”
From what he registered at the combine, Kaufman improved his vertical jump by two inches, his 40-yard dash by a tenth-of-a-second, his 60-yard shuttle time by .30 and his cone drill clocking by .28.
Fellow wide receiver Greg Herd had a 40 time of 4.50 and bench pressed 225 pounds an impressive 13 times. Wide receiver Nicholas Edwards was even better, with 16 repetitions on the bench press, and also had impressive marks of 40 inches in the vertical jump and 4.09 in the 20-yard shuttle.
Quarterback Kyle Padron had a 4.78 second time in the 40, which was particularly impressive considering his 6-foot-3, 221-pound frame. Offensive tackle Will Post also tested, and linebacker Zach Johnson was only measured for height and weight because of off-season shoulder surgery.
Because of the weather, only the 40 took place outdoors, just before the storm hit. The rest of the running drills took place on a new surface in the EWU Strength and Conditioning Center.