Even though he finished second through sixth in all other categories, he opted to show his athleticism in those areas again to the coaches and scouts who made the trip to see him up close.
The Seattle Seahawks were one of those thirteen teams, and this was more than just a regional scouting trip for them – after former tight end Jerramy Stevens was charged with DUI and marijuana possession last week, effectively ending the free agent’s career with Seattle, the Seahawks signed 35-year-old former Colt and Lion Marcus Pollard as a stopgap after losing a bidding war to Denver for the services of former New England TE Daniel Graham.
They also re-signed Will Heller, but he’s more of a blocking tight end. Seattle’s offense demands productivity from the position, which makes it a position of need in the draft. Boss made a strong case that he might be the player to fill that need.
At Western Oregon's McArthur Field, Boss topped his best Combine long jump by four inches with a 10-foot effort. He also exceeded his best Combine result in the vertical jump by half an inch with a 35 1/2-inch jump.
But perhaps his two most important achievements came in the 40-yard dash and the bench press.
In Indianapolis, his best forty-time was 4.78 seconds. But he improved that dramatically on Friday with a 4.64-second result. The only tight end to run a sub-4.7 second forty at the Combine was Miami's Greg Olsen, who showed 4.55-second speed.
Boss also answered a huge question that had to be in the minds of many teams. Was he fully recovered from shoulder surgery for a torn labrum that ended his senior year back in late October?
At the Combine, Boss didn't perform the bench press because he had received medical clearance to start lifting again only a couple of weeks prior to the event. On Friday, he pushed up 15 reps, just six short of his all-time best of 21, an impressive result considering he's had less than two months of weight-lifting under his belt since his surgery.
Boss also reportedly looked sharp in his route-running and pass-catching while working with Wolves quarterback Mark Thorson.
“We wanted scouts and coaches to take a longer look at Kevin, especially in the area of catching the ball,” said his agent, Scott Smith of XAM Sports. “They already know that he is fast enough to play in the NFL and he has tested extremely well in all areas, but at the Combine they run through the skills sessions so fast. Today, he had a chance to shine in one of his strongest areas.”
Boss caught 134 passes and scored 19 touchdowns during his career at Western Oregon despite missing the final four games of his senior year. One NFL team has already worked him out privately, and he has another personal workout scheduled this week. The Seahawks have to confirmed plans to work him out at this time, but that could certainly change.
Pro Day performance times in this article were provided by Western Oregon Sports Information and Combine times were provided by Scout.com's Tony Pauline of TFY Draft Preview.