Former Utah State football players perform well at pro day

LOGAN, Utah – Utah State had 16 former football players work out in front of 21 National Football League (NFL) Scouts Friday morning in its annual Pro Day.

In all, scouts from the Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, New York Giants, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans and Washington Redskins were in attendance.

Participating in this year’s Pro Day event were former Aggies in Austin Albrecht, Ricky Ali’ifua, Brock Carmen, Devin Centers, Marquan Ellison, Edmund Faimalo, LT Filiaga, Daniel Gray, Wyatt Houston, Devante Mays, Jentz Painter, Devonte Robinson, Jake Simonich, Austin Stephens, Anthony Williams and Kennedy Williams.

Pro Day began in the ICON Sports Performance Center, where players had their height, weight and wing span measured, followed by performance tests in the vertical jump and bench press.

The remaining drills were performed in Utah State’s San Laub Indoor Practice Facility, where players were timed in the 40-yard dash, shuttle run and three-cone pro agility run, along with the broad jump and other on-field tests.

Highlighting Friday’s action was Robinson who ran a 4.39 40-yard dash, while Gray clocked in with a time of 4.41. Ellison ran a 4.46, while Mays ran a 4.47 and Painter clocked in with a time of 4.51.

Mays had the best vertical jump during the day with a leap of 40.5”, while Ellison jumped 36.5”, Houston jumped 33.5” and Ali’ifua measured out at 33.0”. In the broad jump, Painter had the best mark with a jump of 10’11”, while Mays recorded a jump of 10’9” and Ellison jumped 10’6”.

Faimalo and Simonich recorded the top mark in the 225-pound bench press with 23 reps each, while Mays had 22 reps.

All times and marks listed above are unofficial.

“I felt pretty good today and I ran a good time in the 40, so I thought I did well today” said Mays. “I’m 100 percent healthy, you can tell that by the drills, I’m running good and cutting good, so everything looked good today.”

“Overall, I was pretty pleased with how I did today,” said Houston. “I have really been focusing on technique with all the drills we did today, so now that this is over, I can focus on just football and getting ready for the future.”

Players will now wait for the NFL Draft, which will take place Thursday through Saturday, April 27-29 at the Philadelphia (Pa.) Museum of Art at Eakins Oval. Round one is on Thursday, April 27. Rounds two and three will be on Friday, April 28 and rounds four through seven will be on Saturday, April 29.

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