Cougs post big numbers at NFL Pro Day

PULLMAN -- Pro Day on the Palouse is in the books. Eleven Cougars took part in drills and events in front of NFL scouts in the Cougar Football Complex and on Rogers Practice Field. The workouts were exhausting for one Coug in need of sleep -- the build-up was even more restless for wide receiver Isiah Myers, who afterwards was headed for a well deserved nap.

"I don't think I woke up. I think I stayed up all night," Myers said. "I got some good rest but I woke up early. We started at 10 a.m. so I was up eating breakfast, anxious at 8 o'clock in the morning. It was a little stressful. I felt like I was a little kid trying to play Pop Warner on Saturdays so it was fun."

Scouts from the Seattle Seahawks, Arizona Cardinals, Jacksonville Jaguars, Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, Miami Dolphins, Washington Redskins, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and San Diego Chargers were all on hand for the Cougs' Pro Day.

Myers earned the day's top score in the broad jump with a 10-foot-8-inch leap. He also scored the highest in the vertical jump as he rocketed 38.5 inches into the air. He actually broke the markers on the bar for the vertical jump on his first attempt, seemingly a preview of the explosive jump he was about to deliver.

Despite his hot start to the day, Myers (pictured above) wasn't as sharp in the running drills. He tripped once in the 40-yard dash, and he had to restart a couple of times during other drills like the shuttle runs and the three-cone drill.

The official times for all the 40-yard dashes, shuttle runs and three-cone drill were not announced, and the scouts kept the times to themselves.

Overall, Myers gave himself a C grade. He said he should have been at a B-plus or an A based on how good he felt in his run-through of the drills on Wednesday, but it didn't completely transfer to Thursday.

"I'm going to go home and probably take a nap for the rest of the day. It feels really good just to get it over with, but I wish I did better and just have to deal with it now," Myers said.

Quarterback Connor Halliday and wide receiver Vince Mayle did not participate in Pro Day. Mayle's thumb was in a cast.

Defensive lineman Xavier Cooper did not do any of the group drills, but he did join defensive lineman Toni Pole in some defensive-line drills at the end of the day. The two linemen smacked pads aggressively and jumped over others that were on the ground, before swatting at a ball held by an assistant.

Cornerback Damante Horton, who played his final season with the team in 2013, worked out for the scouts and participated in all the drills. He posted a 33-inch vertical jump, 9-foot-2-inch broad jump, and 12 reps in the bench press. Horton's running times did not appear to be overly impressive. He weighed in at 180 pounds.

Cornerback Tracy Clark, wide receiver Rickey Galvin, and running back Theron West also worked out on Pro Day. Clark jumped the second-highest in the vertical jump with a 35-inch leap. Galvin and West looked good in the 40-yard dash and shuttle runs.

Linebacker Cyrus Coen, Pole and running back Marcus Mason also shined in certain drills.

Coen recorded 28 reps in the bench press, which looked like it would be the highest of the day. However, Pole stepped up to the bench and immediately began to throw up the bar as if it was nothing more than a broomstick. By the end of his fast-paced showing, he totaled 35 reps, tops for the day.

Pole's 35 reps on the bench with 225-pounds on the bar would have been third-best at the NFL combine.

"I felt like there were some parts of the drills that I could have done better, but overall, I feel pretty good about it," Coen said.

Mason to me looked like the fastest during the 40-yard dash, and he also looked impressive changing direction in the three-cone and the shuttle runs.

His 40-yard performance drew some cheers from the crowd and rumblings on the sidelines indicated that he had run in the 4.4 range. He told CF.C before Pro Day that his goal was to run between a 4.3 and a 4.49.

Several WSU coaches were on hand to observe their senior players, including offensive line coach Clay McGuire, running backs coach Jim Mastro, defensive line coach Joe Salave'a, and special teams coach Eric Mele. Mike Leach did not appear to be on hand from what I could see.

Coen was very thankful to the WSU coaches for helping him train for Pro Day.

"There's no words, especially them taking out the time just to train us. It's awesome. I'll be forever grateful for them," Coen said.

Quite a few players turned out to watch Pro Day as well. Wide receivers Gabe Marks and Dom Williams, linebackers Kache Palacio and Jeremiah Allison, and quarterback Luke Falk were among the Cougars who came to support the seniors.

Jason Gesser was also in attendance for the whole workout.

  • Mayle was seen talking with the Arizona Cardinals scout after Pro Day. Cooper was chatting with the Miami Dolphins scout afterward.

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