Barnes and Johnson shine at Pro Day

As the fog burned off around the Puget Sound to showcase another beautiful late winter day on the shores of Lake Washington, players, coaches and scouts from the University of Washington and the NFL gathered in the Dempsey Indoor Practice Facility for UW's Pro Day.

The day featured several senior football players who were hoping to improve shuttle and forty times as well as bench presses and position drills. On display today were T Khalif Barnes, TE John Lyon, WR Charles Frederick, LB Tim Galloway, FB Zach Tuiasosopo and CBs Derrick Johnson and Sam Cunningham.

Barnes had already taken the NFL Combine and Senior Bowl by storm, running the fastest forty of all the tackles in Indianapolis and stymieing some standout defensive end during the Senior Bowl practices. Barnes didn't lift or run, but he did participate during the positional drills as Seattle Seahawks offensive line coach Bill Laveroni, Jacksonville Jaguars line coach Paul Boudreau and Houston Texans tackles coach Steve Marshall ran him through his paces.

One player that really helped himself was Johnson. When he came to Washington in 2000 he was a 165-pound running back. Now he is a cut 197 pound corner and he looked fluid in all of the drills. His speed also showed up as he raised some eyebrows with a 4.43 forty. He also caught the ball well showing a quick hip turn, good vision in spotting the ball and sure hands when he went up for it.

Some in attendance think Johnson could sneak into the first day of the draft if he impresses with individual workouts and interviews, but he is a safe bet to be drafted either way.

"I don't really want to get into all that," Johnson said, referring to projections he has heard about where he may go in the draft. "If it's not what I'm expecting I don't want to be disappointed. I'm just going to see what happens and be happy wherever I go."

Frederick still struggled to get a good forty time, running about the same as he ran at the combine last month. However, during the quickness drills, ET was still able to flash the talents that made him a standout at receiver during his first three seasons at Montlake.

"I wish that I had run track at least one season because I had never run a forty before last week (at the combine)," Frederick said. "I was always playing basketball and that is where I got my explosiveness. I'm just going to keep working out and hope somebody gives me a chance and then I will show them what I can do."

With his older brother (Marques) and father (Manu) looking on, Tuiasosopo showcased his strength (21 reps of 225 pounds) and quickness. One of the scouts watching the drills said that Tui could possibly be the best FB in the draft and was for sure in the top two or three. "I figured (Manu and Marques) wanted some entertainment," Tuiasosopo said with a chuckle. "It's good to have them here though."

Head coach Tyrone Willingham was in attendance along with offensive coordinator Tim Lappano, offensive line coach Mike Denbrock and running backs coach Trent Miles. Fourteen NFL teams also had coaches or scouts on hand and several conducted interviews with some of the players following their workouts. Top Stories