Receivers impress scouts at App pro day
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
Several of the class of 2014 had their first job interviews Monday afternoon in front of a tough crowd -- NFL scouts.
Seven Mountaineers, six who played in 2013 and one, who graduated in 2012, had their pro day in the Sofield Indoor practice facility Monday afternoon in front of scouts from 14 NFL teams.
Appalachian State players who participated were receivers Tony Washington and Andrew Peacock, quarterback Jamal Londry-Jackson, kicker Drew Stewart, linebacker Michael Frazier, cornerback Rodger Walker and linebacker Brandon Grier, who graduated in 2012.
"I'm very proud of these guys today," said App State strength and conditioning coach Kareem Young, who is the university's NFL liaison. "They were very professional and they actually did every thing we coached them to do."
Football players from Gardner-Webb, Jacksonville State, Lenoir-Rhyne and Mars Hill also participated in the drills.
Washington and Peacock impressed scouts with their pass
catching and route running, according to Young.
"Just talking to the scouts, they were very impressed by Tony Washington and what he actually did as far as his performance," Young said. "A close second was Peacock. They did exactly what they thought they would do. Tony was able to stretch the field like he does and looked very good in position work. Peacock was just as explosive as he could be. They had a very good workout."
Washington and Peacock also did well in the non-skills testing. Washington bench-pressed the standard 225 pounds 21 times. He also had a 38.5-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot, five-inch standing long jump.
"I felt really good," Washington said. "Everything started well with the broad jump and that momentum and excitement carried through the rest of the day."
Washington's 21 bench-press reps would have tied for second among receivers at the 2014 scouting combine held in Indianapolis, according to Young. The most reps were 23.
Washington's standing leap of 38.5 would have put him sixth at the combine.
"Everybody had good things to say," Washington said. "We had a good workout. A couple of teams said they would stay in touch. For now, it's kind of the waiting game. They'll go back and see their bosses and try to figure out what the next thing is as far as if they're going to want me or not."
Peacock bench pressed the 225 pounds 17 times, had a 38-inch vertical leap and a 10-2 long jump.
Appalachian State's 40-yard dash times were not made available.
"I was very happy with my overall times," Peacock said. "It was pretty much what we all expected. We've been training very hard throughout these last two-and-a-half months and it's good to see the hard work pay off."
Peacock said it made sense to keep training after the Mountaineers' season ended in early December. He said several former Mountaineers worked out for about four hours, four times a week on things such as lifting weights and conditioning, to catching passes and running routes.
Those participating in the pro day are looking for work in the NFL, and want to make an impression on the scouts.
"You train your butt off and you come out here and perform," Peacock said. "There's no other way to do it. There's no what-if's. You have to put it all on the line right now. We covered everything. Nothing was a surprise."