With the NFL Draft just around the corner, 11 Cougar football players had the chance Thursday to impress their potential employers. WSU hosted its pro day where outgoing Cougs had their athletic abilities measured. It was an especially important opportunity for players such as wide receiver Dom Williams and defensive lineman Destiny Vaeao, who were not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine last month
Williams, it appears, had the standout performance that he had trained for. Stefanie Loh reported that according to the scouts at the combine he officially ran a 4.40 in the 40 yard dash, but some timers had him as low as 4.38. Combine this with his outstanding 40.5 inch vertical jump and you have an athlete that is one of a kind in this year's wide receiver class.
Williams, who has been training six days a week in Bellevue in preparation, acknowledged afterwards that he was pleased with the results of the Pro Day. I imagine that these results will turn some heads in NFL front offices and that Williams' stock is on the rise. He might not get drafted, but he'll get a shot and he has the skills to have a role professionally.
Dom, wasn't the only Coug helping his pro stock Thursday, however. Vaeao, who has been training in Orlando, Florida, registered 27 reps on the bench press. In an interview with wsucougars.com (embedded below) Vaeao talked about how coach Joe Salave'a had helped him prepare for the next level. Vaeao is another player that is expected to get a shot at playing in the NFL.
Joe Dahl, WSU's top NFL prospect, decided to stick with his workout results from the combine, but did do some offensive line drills.
Darryl Paulo, who played defensive end for WSU, is looking to make the switch to rush linbacker. The Cougs leader in sacks from 2015 has gained five pounds since the football season and weighed in at 260 Thursday. He ran a 4.80 40 yard dash with 25 bench press reps and a 9'10" broad jump.
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