Marcus Epps wanted to show the NFL what he can do, and the former University of Wyoming safety did just that during the school’s pro day Thursday.
Epps had an unofficial times of 4.46 seconds in the 40-yard dash, 4.09 in the 20-yard shuttle and 6.73 in the 3-cone drill. He also had a vertical leap of 38.5 inches, a broad jump of 10 feet, 4 inches and did 17 bench press reps at 225 pounds.
“For the most part, I hit the numbers I wanted to hit,” Epps said. “I was hoping for anything in the 4.4 range in the 40, so that’s probably what I am most satisfied with.
“I was excited and anxious. There wasn’t much nervousness. I worked really hard for this so I knew I was ready. I wanted to turn heads and let people know I can ball. I hope I made some money today.”
Epps was one of eight former Cowboys who worked out for scouts from 29 of the 32 NFL teams, along with a scout from the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League.
Epps wasn’t the only player who had a good day.
Defensive end Kevin Prosser, who is being looked at as an outside linebacker at the professional level, did 24 reps on the bench press, had a 37-inch vertical leap and went 10-5 in the broad jump.
Prosser measured at 6-foot-1 220 pounds, and did more drills than others as scouts worked him out as both a defensive end and linebacker.
“It was tough and I was cramping up a little bit at the end,” Prosser said. “I’m glad I was able to stick it out. God blessed me with the energy to finish everything. I feel like this was a great day for me.”
Running back Nico Evans ran an unofficial 4.54-second 40, had 22 reps on the bench press and went 10-2 in the broad jump. He measured at just over 5-9 and weighed in at 199 pounds.
“I was definitely happy how things went. I was preparing for this day for so long, and all that prep worked itself out,” Evans said.
“I was anxious, but I wasn’t nervous. I only get nervous when I feel like I can’t do something. But if I know I’m prepared and ready I won’t be nervous. I was ready to go.”
Evans talked extensively to a scout from the Minnesota Vikings afterwards.
Former safety Andrew Wingard did the same drills Monday at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. He didn’t participate in most of them Thursday, but did do the 3-cone drill where he clocked in at 6.88 seconds. In Indianapolis he was at 7.08 seconds.
Interior defensive lineman Sidney Malauulu had 29 reps on the bench press. That would have ranked in the top 10 at the combine among interior defensive linemen.
“I pretty much got personal-bests on everything from my training,” Malauulu said. “I was excited to get out there, and I had a pretty good day. I’m just trying to get my name out there.”
The attendance and atmosphere for this year’s pro day was much more subdued compared to last year when several national media outlets showed up to watch quarterback Josh Allen, who ended up being the seventh overall pick by the Buffalo Bills in last year’s draft.
However, sixth-year coach Craig Bohl said the representation from the NFL shows a lot about the eight individuals who worked out, along with UW’s program.
“I think it is an indication that our program is progressing,” he said. “I didn’t get involved with the times and all that, but I got a lot positive feedback. Several guys helped their stock today.”
Most of the players said they will stay in Laramie and continue to train leading up to this year’s NFL draft, which is April 25-27 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Robert Gagliardi is the WyoSports senior editor. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 307-755-3325. Follow him on Twitter at @rpgagliardi.