BOULDER - Eight former Buffs participated in the University of Colorado's Pro Football Timing Day on Wednesday. Showcasing their talent in front of numerous NFL scouts and assistant coaches, players in attendance included offensive linemen David Bakhtiari and Eric Richter, tight ends Nick Kasa and Ryan Deehan, linebackers Doug Rippy and Jon Major, defensive tackle Will Pericak and safety Ray Polk.
The day's events started in the Dal Ward Athletic Center weight room, where players weighed in and participated in a vertical jump test. Polk put up the highest number with a vertical jump measuring 39 inches. The players then followed with the bench press, where Richter put up 48 reps of 225 pounds.
It was on to the practice bubble where the group participated in the 40-yard dash, the short shuttle, the 3-cone drill and the 60-yard shuttle. Polk turned in the day's fastest 40 time, running the drill in 4.43 seconds. Kasa and Bakhtiari, the two CU players invited to the 2013 NFL Combine, opted to use their 40-yard results from the combine.
The players then participated in various position drills for the scouts. Kasa and Deehan ran a number of receiving routes with former CU quarterback Tyler Hansen throwing. Rippy, Polk and Major performed a series of agility drills, while Bakhtiari and Richter did a combination of drive blocking and punch drills.
A total of 27 representatives, scouts and assistant coaches were present from 23 NFL teams, including: Arizona, Baltimore, Buffalo, Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Detroit, Green Bay, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Miami, Minnesota, New England, New Orleans, New York Giants, New York Jets, Oakland, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa Bay, Tennessee and Washington.
The 2013 NFL Draft will take place Thursday, April 25, through Saturday, April 27, at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Coverage of the 78th NFL Draft will be provided by the NFL Network.