Pro Day March 11: Washington

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

In a rare Saturday pro day, Washington hosts the NFL as teams will be on hand to view as many as four first-round prospects from the program, including three defensive backs.

From what I’ve been told, except for a vertical jump here and a broad jump there, just about all of the top Huskies prospects will be standing on their numbers from last week’s combine.

Receiver John Ross, who’ll be undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum next week, is scheduled to catch passes today.

New York Jets fans should keep an eye on junior Sidney Jones, as I’m told the team is high on the cornerback and is bringing him in for an official visit prior to the draft.

Jones presently grades as the top cornerback on our board.

I’m told the Tennessee Titans have a large contingent of higher-ups from the organization on hand.


The big news of the day is the injury to Sidney Jones.

I’m told it took place during drills and, as posted on twitter, the “field turf got him.” Literally minutes before the injury occurred, I received a text on how good Jones was looking up to that point during ball drills. As texted to me prior to Jones going down, he looked every bit a top-15 draft pick. Before position drills, Jones participated in the bench press where he completed 12 reps.

Cornerback Kevin King had an exceptional workout. The tall corner moved well, displaying a smooth backpedal and was very quick in all his actions. He caught all the passes thrown during drills.

King, who met with the Detroit Lions last night, stood on all his combine numbers. He’s meeting with the San Diego Chargers later today and has a private workout set up with the New York Jets.

Safety Budda Baker also looked terrific in drills. He was very explosive and practiced with terrific speed.

Tight end Darrell Daniels also stood on his combine numbers but looked tremendous in pass catching drills. Daniels, who was described as a “specimen who looks the part,” ran crisp routes, caught the ball well and showed a great catch radius. The belief among many is Daniels was hurt by being the third option in the UW offense, which features two next-level receivers.

The Miami Dolphins are showing heavy interest in Daniels.

UPDATE - 5:30 PM

The word on John Ross is he ran exceptional routes displaying great quickness into breaks and caught the ball well. How fast is Ross? He ran several go patterns and deep routes but the passes were constantly underthrown as the receiver was too fast for the quarterback's arm. Ross is set for surgery on Tuesday at University of Washington to repair his torn labrum.

More on Sidney Jones.

I’m told he was backpedaling during a drill and went to flip his hips, but then the turf grabbed his foot.

Those who witnessed the incident said the injured foot was tough to look at with one person telling me it was “grotesque” the way his left foot was hanging.