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Pac-12 stars boost NFL draft stock at first round of Pro Days

Mar 19, 2022

NFL scouts descended upon six Pac-12 campuses this week to attend the first set of Pro Days.  Here's a look at some of the notable results from the first half of the events with six more to come in the next few weeks.  The NFL Draft will take place April 28-30 in Las Vegas.

ARIZONA STATE - Monday, March 14

Scouts representing 29 teams were on hand to check out 13 former Sun Devils as well as 12 international prospects that were invited to participate.

OL Kellen Diesch was one of the stars of the NFL Combine in Indianapolis earlier this month when he ran a 4.89 40-yard dash.  At 6’7 1/8” and 301 lbs, that was the second fastest time since 2003 by a player measuring taller than 6’7” and weighing 300+ pounds. 

After not participating in the bench press at the Combine, Diesch put up 24 reps on Monday.  That would have tied him for 12th-best among offensive linemen in Indianapolis.

RB Rachaad White continued to help his status as one of the top running backs in the draft with 20 reps on the bench press as well, which would have tied for fifth best among running backs at the Combine.  White already had an impressive showing in Indianapolis after finishing in the top five at his position in both the broad jump and vertical jump.

CB Jack Jones helped himself with an improved time in the 40-yard dash.  After running a 4.51 in Indianapolis, Jones unofficially ran a 4.49 and 4.42 at Pro Day.

ARIZONA – Tuesday, March 15

While Arizona did not have any representation at the NFL Combine, several Wildcats put up some numbers at their Pro Day that should turn some heads.

Fullback Clay Markoff had 38 reps on the bench press which would have put him first among all running backs at Indianapolis since at least 2013.  Markoff played in all 12 games last year in his first season with Arizona (including five starts) after transferring from Washington State.

Wide receiver Stanley Berryhill III, who finished second in the Pac-12 with 83 receptions last season, ran an official 4.45 in the 40-yard dash, which would have been good 16th among wide receivers at the Combine.  His 37” vertical jump would have been ninth at his position.

And while there were no place kickers at the 2022 NFL Combine, Lucas Havrisik was able to showcase his leg with a 66-yard field goal at Pro Day.  In his career, Havrisik was 7-14 on kicks of 50+ yards, with a career-high of 57, done twice.

UCLA – Tuesday, March 15

UCLA had reps from all 32 teams in Westwood on Tuesday to check out 14 former Bruins including all five that were at the NFL Combine. 

One of the Bruins who was not invited to the Combine was former walk-on WR Ethan Furnea but he impressed the scouts in Westwood with his speed.  The media unofficially timed Furnea’s 40-yard dash at 4.37 which would have been seventh best among wide receivers in Indianapolis.

Tight end Greg Dulcich turned heads at the Combine, finishing in the top five among tight ends in almost every drill, and did not run a new 40-yard dash on Pro Day.

CALIFORNIA – Wednesday, March 16

All 32 NFL teams showed up in Berkeley after not having the chance to see any Cal players at the NFL Combine. 

Outside linebacker Cameron Goode showed he might have been one of the most overlooked players after not having been invited to Indianapolis.  Goode started the day with a 39” vertical jump that would have been seventh best among linebackers at the Combine.  He later added a 4.58 40-yard dash (would have been 12th at Combine), 6.91 in the 3-cone drill (T-1st), and 4.29 20-yard shuttle (4th).

Defensive lineman Luc Bequette also showed off his athleticism with a 33” vertical jump.  That would have tied him for first among defensive tackles in Indianapolis.  Bequette’s 25 reps on the bench press would have been second best at his position.

And it was good to see outside linebacker Kuony Deng back on the field after missing most of last season due to injury.  In his last full season in 2019, Deng had 119 tackles with 7.5 tackles for loss.

COLORADO – Wednesday, March 16

Linebacker Nate Landman looked to improve on his already good showing at the NFL Combine and did just that at the Buffs’ Pro Day. Landman said he was not fully healthy in Indianapolis but showed out in Boulder with a 6.88 in 3-cone drill which would have been the best among linebackers at the Combine.  He added a 4.32 in the 20-yard shuttle which would have been fourth best at his position.

After not being invited to the Combine, linebacker Carson Wells took part in every drill at Pro Day.   Wells, who racked up 38 TFL in his Colorado career, ran a 4.56 40-yard dash which would have been tied for ninth at his position.

After being granted a waiver by the NCAA to return to play in 2021 after declaring for last year’s draft, Mustafa Johnson participated in his second straight Pro Day.   Johnson put up 29 reps on the bench press this year after getting 27 in 2021.

STANFORD – Thursday, March 17

Over 30 NFL personnel showed up on the Farm for Pro Day.  With many of their draft eligible players returning for another season, there were only three players off last year’s squad participating. 

Defensive end Thomas Booker showed most of his skills at the NFL Combine but added an impressive showing on the bench press to his resume at Pro Day.  Booker’s 31 reps would have been the best at his position in Indianapolis and tied for second among all participants at the Combine. 

Tucker Fisk, who played both offense and defense at Stanford, worked on drills on both sides of the ball while also putting up 21 reps on the bench press.

And of all the NFL guests who attended, the one who turned the most heads was a current GM who used to call the Farm home.

Remaining Pac-12 Pro Days

USC March 23
Utah March 24
Washington State March 28
Washington March 29
Oregon State March 31
Oregon April 1