Keith Price wore a black baseball cap backwards as he completed 43 of 46 throws (unofficially) during his showcase event at UW’s Pro Day workout today at Dempsey Indoor Center.
“DON’T DOUBT ME” read the cap in large white letters.
There was little doubt Price helped his NFL Draft stock today.
Price drew several loud cheers when his first throw, perfectly lofted 65 yards down the middle of the field, caught by a sprinting Kevin Smith.
“I thought (Price) had strong workout,” said Rob Rang, a senior draft analyst for NFLDraftScout.com. “It was the same type of performance that anyone who’s watched his career at the University of Washington have come to expect. He’s an accurate passer, he’s a guy that has a better arm than you normally associate with so-called shorter quarterbacks. And I liked the aggression of the workout. A lot of quarterbacks will choose to kind of build their way up with short, easy passes, and build up some confidence. But going for (the big throw) right off the bat, I think that speaks to his mentality that he has to prove himself — and ‘This is my shot.’
“I thought it was a very impressive workout,” Rang added. “I thought he entered today as a darkhorse candidate to get drafted. Unfortunately, he’s going up against a really talented quarterback class, but I think he guaranteed he’ll get a shot — if not drafted — as an undrafted free agent. And I think he has enough arm talent and leadership characteristics to surprise people in the NFL.”
Representatives from 19 NFL teams, by one count, plus one CFL team were on hand for the workout, along with several dozen media members and one camera crew from NFL Network. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and general manager John Schneider were among those in attendance. For several minutes during the timed drills, Carroll and UW coach Chris Petersen chatted at midfield.
Price has heard the questions about his arm strength and that was one thing he wanted to showcase. Mission accomplished.
Asked about Price arm strength, Carroll didn’t sound concerned. “He threw the ball 65 (yards) — that’s far enough,” Carroll said.
After his workout, Price chatted with Seahawks quarterbacks coach Carl Smith.
“Even when I was a kid, man, I was always having to prove myself,” Price said. “In high school, we had Matt Barkley and he took all the shine. I didn’t really get any publicity — and I don’t do it for publicity; I do it for love of the game. And when I came here, they had Nick Montana jerseys being sold before he even stepped foot on campus, and I had to prove myself again. And now, after all my production here, I don’t get invited to the (NFL) combine and I have to prove myself all over again, you know what I mean? I think God, that’s when he knows I’m at my best, and it keeps me hungry.”
Price ran a 4.99-second 40-yard dash, “which is OK for a quarterback,” Rang said.
Smith was clocked at 4.50 flat in the 40 and James Johnson ran a 4.75.
The other participants were Jonathan Amosa, Dorson Boyce, Travis Coons, Greg Ducre, Princeton Fuimaono, James Johnson, Sean Parker, Sione Potoa’e, Antavius Sims, Thomas Tutogi and Tre Watson.
Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, likely to be the first Husky drafted in May, was in attendance but did not participate as he recovers from foot surgery. He’s scheduled to be cleared by the end of April. He has visits planned with eight NFL teams, he said.
Smith, after a productive senior season for the Huskies, had one dropped pass but otherwise “stole the show” today, Rang wrote here.
While Price was the star of the show, pass catcher Kevin Smith certainly helped his cause as well.
Measuring in at 5-11 (1/2) and a solid 208 pounds, Smith was clocked at 4.54 seconds in the 40-yard dash and recorded a 37″ vertical jump. He also ran crisp routes, showed the ability to track the ball over his shoulder and good hands to extend and pluck outside of his frame.
Unfortunately, the news wasn’t so good for another former Husky. Safety Sean Parkermeasured in smaller than his listed size of 5-10, 197 pounds, coming in officially at 5-09 (3/4) and 190 pounds. He also ran slower than expected, with one club recording him at 4.79 seconds in the 40-yard dash.
Sankey ran the 60-yard shuttle, after scouts asked him to do so. He didn’t run that at the NFL combine in February.
“It went good,” Sankey said. “I wanted to come out here, catch some balls and show them that I have natural hands. I wanted to look smooth running routes and looking smooth running the drills.
All running times were not immediately made available. There were rumblings that Ducre ran a 4.31, but that wasn’t confirmed.
Also of note, UW sophomore quarterback Cyler Miles was one of about three dozen current UW players on hand.
Apologies for the poor quality of this sheet below, but thought it was worth passing along. Note that this handout was prepared before the Pro Day, so the running times and weight lifting marks aren’t from today: