UCLA: NFL Combine

Pac-12 results from the NFL combine

February, 24, 2014
Feb 24
11:00
AM PT
Raise your hand if you thought Stanford running back Tyler Gaffney would run a faster 40-yard dash than Oregon's De'Anthony Thomas at the NFL combine.

Put your hand down, liar.

Granted, it was still only by a hundredth of a second -- Gaffney ran 4.49 and Thomas 4.50 -- but, still, Thomas built his reputation on speed, while Gaffney's was more on toughness and vision. It ranked as one of the surprise performances among Pac-12 players over the weekend at the NFL combine.

[+] EnlargeBishop Sankey
AP Photo/Michael ConroyWashington running back Bishop Sankey made a move up draft boards with his performance at the NFL combine.
Sunday proved to be a great day for Washington running back Bishop Sankey, who might have jumped Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey on some draft boards, according to ESPN's John Clayton.

From Clayton's story:
There may not be a running back who could entice a team to use a first-round pick, but the backs who ran Sunday looked great. Bishop Sankey of Washington may have entered the combine as the No. 3 halfback, but his stock probably rose with a 4.49 40 time along with a good show of lifting strength. Tre Mason of Auburn displayed second-round numbers with his 4.5. Both backs might have jumped ahead of Ka'Deem Carey of Arizona, who had a 4.70.

Sankey ranked No. 2 among running backs with 26 reps on the bench press and his 40-time was tied for No. 9.

Another one of the weekend's big winners was Oregon State receiver Brandin Cooks, who turned in the fastest 40 among receivers. His time of 4.33 was second to only to Kent State running back Dri Archer, who ran a 4.26.

Cooks, who set Pac-12 single-season records with 128 catches and 1,730 receiving yards this year, also turned in the fastest time registered in the 60-yard shuttle (10.72) at the combine since at least 2006. During that same time period, he's tied for the fastest time in the 20-yard shuttle (3.81) with Tennessee cornerback Jason Allen from 2006.

Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, the John Mackey Award winner, has a stress fracture in his foot that is expected to need six to eight weeks to recover, according to a report from the Tacoma News Tribune. Due to the injury, Seferian-Jenkins was able to participate only in the bench press. He put up 20 reps, which ranked tied for No. 10 among the 15 tight ends who participated.

See the complete list of Pac-12 invitees.

Here are the Saturday and Sunday results from the Pac-12 players in the 40 and bench press:

Running back

Gaffney, Stanford: 4.49/did not lift
Sankey, Washington: 4.49/26 reps
Thomas, Oregon: 4.50/8 reps
Carey, Arizona: 4.70/19 reps
Silas Redd, USC: 4.70/18 reps
Ryan Hewitt, Stanford (fullback): 4.87/did not lift
Marion Grice, Arizona State: Did not participate
Lache Seastrunk, Baylor (transferred from Oregon): 4.51/15 reps

Wide receiver

Cooks, Oregon State: 4.33/16 reps
Paul Richardson, Colorado: 4.40/did not lift
Shaquelle Evans, UCLA: 4.51/13 reps
Josh Huff, Oregon: 4.51/14 reps
Marqise Lee, USC: 4.52/did not lift

Offensive line

Xavier Su'a-Filo, OG, UCLA: 5.04/25 reps
Cameron Fleming, OT, Stanford: 5.28/26 reps
David Yankey, OG, Stanford: 5.48/22 reps
Marcus Martin, C, USC: did not run/23 reps

Tight end

Colt Lyerla, formerly of Oregon: 4.61/16 reps
Anthony Denham, Utah: 4.77/did not lift
Jake Murphy, Utah: 4.79/24 reps
Richard Rodgers, TE, California: 4.87/16 reps
Seferian-Jenkins, Washington: did not run/20 reps
Xavier Grimble, USC: did not run or lift

Quarterback

No Pac-12 quarterbacks are at the combine, which is a rarity. The conference has sent at least one every year since at least 1999, which was as far back as we could go to find combine rosters.

45 Pac-12 players headed to NFL combine

February, 7, 2014
Feb 7
1:00
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Here are the Pac-12 players who have been invited to participate at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine on Feb. 22-25.

Pretty surprised Washington QB Keith Price is not on this list., but there are always curious omissions.

See the complete list here.

Ka'Deem Carey, RB, Arizona
Tyler Gaffney, RB, Stanford
Marion Grice, RB, Arizona State
Ryan Hewitt, FB, Stanford
Silas Redd, RB, USC
Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington
De'Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon
Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
Shaq Evans, WR, UCLA
Josh Huff, WR, Oregon
Marqise Lee, WR, USC
Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado
Anthony Denham, TE, Utah
Xavier Grimble, TE, USC
Colt Lyerla, TE, Oregpn
Jake Murphy, TE, Utah
Richard Rodgers, TE, California
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
Cameron Fleming, OT, Stanford
Marcus Martin, C, USC
Xavier Su'a-Filo, OG, UCLA
David Yankey, OG, Stanford
Deandre Coleman, DT, California
Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State
Taylor Hart, DE, Oregon
Cassius Marsh, DE, UCLA
Josh Mauro, DE, Stanford
Tenny Palepoi, DT, Utah
Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State
George Uko, DE, USC
Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
Carl Bradford, OLB, Arizona State
Khairi Fortt, LB, California
Devon Kennard, OLB, USC
Boseko Lokombo, OLB< Oregon
Trent Murphy, OLB, Stanford
Shayne Skov, LB, Stanford
Jordan Zumwalt, LB, UCLA
Trevor Reilly, OLB, Utah
Dion Bailey, S, USC
Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State
Keith McGill, S, Utah
Terrance Mitchell, CB, Oregon
Ed Reynolds, S, Stanford
Rashaad Reynolds, CB, Oregon State

Akeem Ayers slow at the NFL combine

February, 28, 2011
2/28/11
2:04
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Former UCLA linebacker Akeem Ayers might have some work to do.

Ayers, working out as "Linebacker 1" at the NFL combine in Indianapolis, was unofficially timed at 4.80 and 4.83 in his two 40-yard dash runs Monday. In comparison, Texas A&M's Von Miller, the top outside linebacker in Mel Kiper Jr.'s latest mock draft, ran a 4.53.

Ayers has not cracked the top five in any of the linebacker workouts, either. He will surely look to improve on those at UCLA's Pro Day.

He was No. 13 overall in Kiper's first mock draft, then slipped to No. 21 in Kiper's pre-combine projections.

Three UCLA players invited to NFL combine

February, 23, 2011
2/23/11
11:01
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Place kicker Kai Forbath, linebacker Akeem Ayers and safety Rahim Moore received invitations to the NFL combine, which begins Thursday morning in Indianapolis.

The NFL Network will air a live news conference at 11:30 a.m. PT Thursday to kick off its coverage from Lucas Oil Stadium.

Forbath, the 2009 Lou Groza Award winner, is part of the first participating group. He finished his career with a UCLA record and Pac-10 tying 85 field goals, two shy of the NCAA record. Forbath missed five field goals last season, so he'll be looking to improve his draft stock. His official workout is scheduled for Friday morning.

Ayers, who checks in at No. 13 overall in Mel Kiper Jr.'s latest Big Board, is slated to arrive Friday and work out Monday. Moore, pegged as the top available safety, is scheduled to arrive Saturday and work out Tuesday.

The general schedule for combine participants:

Day 1: Arrival, registration, pre-examination and X-rays, orientation, interviews
Day 2: Measurements, exams, media, psychological tests, interviews
Day 3: NFLPA meeting, psychological tests, interviews
Day 4: Workout (timing, stations, skill drills), departure

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