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Nyenhuis impresses at CU Pro Timing Day

Just like a year ago, a defensive lineman stepped up and stole the spotlight during Colorado's Pro Timing Day. Last March, Tyler Brayton wowed scouts by displaying strong measurables in a variety of strength and agility tests. Brayton was eventually drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft. Today, with roughly 20 NFL scouts in attendance, it was CU defensive end <a href="">Gabe Nyenhuis'</a> turn to impress.

The 6-3 senior always seemed a half-step away from having a monster year in 2003. He led the Buffs with 15 quarterback pressures, and totaled four sacks. Nyenhuis tested well at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis last month. Thursday, he was one of nine CU seniors who took part in some or all of the drills, which included bench reps of 225 pounds, vertical jump, standing broad jump, 40-yard dash, plus three shuttle runs. Former Buff Javon Green also took part in some of the drills, as did former Kansas State receiver Derrick Evans.

Nyenhuis, who weighed in at 269 pounds at the NFL Combine, had the highest marks in the vertical leap (41 inches), and standing broad jump (10-9). He also turned in good 40 time with a *4.62.

CU defensive line coach Chris Wilson wasn't surprised with Nyenhuis' effort; it's something he's seen from Nyenhuis over the past two years.

"I told everyone a year ago, you've got get his tape, and then get him to your combine," Wilson said. "He'll test out of the roof. We always knew he had the physical tools."

Wilson said he's heard Nyenhuis could be a first-day draft choice.

"I think he's going to have a chance to be a second or third round pick," Wilson said. "He just needs one team to like him."

The first three rounds take place on April 24, with the final four rounds following a day later.

Nyenhuis was one of four CU players invited to the Combine in February, joining LB Sean Tufts, and WRs D.J. Hackett and Derek McCoy. Tufts also tested well at the Balch Fieldhouse Thursday, running a 4.55 40 and getting 35 inches in the vertical leap.

Hackett did not participate in most of the drills, preferring to take his Combine stats. He ran a 4.50 at the Combine. But Hackett joined McCoy and Javon Green in an array of pass-catching drills down on the CU practice fields, where he clearly stood out, catching everything thrown his way.

When you get down to it, Thursday's work was about money for many of the participants. Each is looking for an edge and a way to stand out in the scouts' minds. The point was driven home when one agent in attendance commented that Tufts, who was wearing a black Lycra top, needed to be wearing white, because white makes you appear bigger, and black slims you down.

Without a potential first-round draft pick coming out of Colorado this year, there were roughly half as many scouts and NFL personnel at today's Timing Day than at last year's. Unlike two years ago, when Butch Davis was at CU's Timing Day, or last year, when Dick Vermeil and Bill Cowher made the trek to Boulder, no head coaches were in attendance either.

Vertical Leap
DeAndre Fluellen: 24.5 inches
Marwan Hage: 29
Phil Jackson: 32.5
Derek McCoy: DNP
Marcus Moore: 36
Medford Moorer: 35
Gabe Nyenhuis: 41
Clyde Surrell: 31.5
Sean Tufts: 35

Standing Broad Jump
DeAndre Fluellen: 7' 11"
Marwan Hage: 8' 7"
Phil Jackson: 10'
Derek McCoy: DNP
Marcus Moore: 9' 6"
Medford Moorer: 10'
Gabe Nyenhuis: 10' 9"
Clyde Surrell: 8' 11"
Sean Tufts: 10' 3"

225 pound bench reps
DeAndre Fluellen: 26
Marwan Hage: 19
Phil Jackson: DNP
Derek McCoy: 19
Marcus Moore: 10
Medford Moorer: 8
Gabe Nyenhuis: DNP
Clyde Surrell: 19
Sean Tufts: DNP

*40-yard dash
DeAndre Fluellen: 5.25
Marwan Hage: 5.36
Phil Jackson: 4.63
Derek McCoy: 4.59
Marcus Moore: 4.56
Medford Moorer: 4.85
Gabe Nyenhuis: 4.62
Clyde Surrell: 4.48
Sean Tufts: 4.55
Derrick Evans: 4.69
Javon Green: 4.72

* 40 times were from this reporter's hand held stopwatch, and were within range of pro scouts' stopwatches. For example, on Nyenhuis' first 40, I had him at 4.62, while one scout had him at 4.59 and another at 4.64. With 20 or so people taking times, that scenario was consistent throughout the timing.

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