An impressive crowd descended upon ASU football’s pro day on Wednesday, including a few of the biggest names that the NFL has to offer.
NFL legends John Elway and John Lynch were in attendance. Elway and Lynch are the general managers of the Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers, respectively. Elway also holds the title of President of Football Operations.
In total, 27 of the NFL’s 32 teams sent a representative to the school’s Pro Day, according to the Arizona Republic’s Michelle Gardner.
The turnout likely benefitted from the NFL’s Annual League Meeting, which concluded around the same time. One of the league’s most notable events took place from March 24-27 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Additionally, the Pro Day attracted scouts from both the CFL and AAF.
The list of players participating in the day’s activities was headlined by potential first-round draft pick N’Keal Harry.
Harry mostly ran routes and fielded punts, predictably opting out of many events after a solid showing at the NFL Combine.
The biggest name from ASU that did not attend the combine was quarterback Manny Wilkins, who has been rehabbing through the offseason. Wilkins suffered a MCL tear that required surgery during the 31-20 loss to Fresno State in the Las Vegas Bowl.
Wilkins posted a vertical jump of 33 inches, a broad jump of 9 feet ,11 inches, and a 40-yard dash time in the 4.7 range. The former ASU quarterback only attempted the 40-yard dash once and appeared to tweak his calf.
Although he removed himself from some drills, Wilkins returned to throw for the wide receivers.
If there was one non-positional station that stood out, it was the bench press.
Offensive lineman Casey Tucker led all players with 28 reps, which would have ranked ninth at the NFL Combine.
Demonte King also excelled in the bench press event, as his 20 reps would have been the third-best mark at the combine.
There were a few participants at the Pro Day from nearby universities as well. None were more impressive than NAU’s Emmanuel Butler, who recorded the best vertical jump of the day at 34 inches.