LARAMIE -- Brett Smith can expect more attention from National Football League teams after his performance Thursday.
Smith, a quarterback, and eight other former Cowboys participated in Wyoming's Pro Day, a tryout of sorts for football players hoping to make the leap to the NFL. Good marks and times can be the difference between playing on Sundays or having already played a last game.
Three UW players -- Smith, wide receiver Robert Herron and defensive back Marqueston Huff -- have received most of the pre-draft publicity. This was the second chance for Herron and Huff to impress after their workouts at the NFL Combine on Feb. 22-25. Inexplicably to come, Smith wasn't invited.
Thursday, he made up for it, posting the fastest 40-yard dash time of any of this year's quarterback prospects -- 4.51 seconds. By comparison, Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas had the fastest time at the combine at 4.61. Media darling Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M clocked in at 4.68.
Smith, who has been training in Carlsbad, Calif., since the end of the season, also threw the ball well, showing the velocity that some had questioned.
“It showed everything I’ve been working on for the last two and a half months,” said Smith in a release. “I’m hoping all the hard work paid off. Now, I just want to get back to work and do what I can to improve my mechanics and basically do everything all over again.”
Herron, training in Arizona and San Diego, also improved his draft potential with a blazing 4.33 in the 40.
“I felt I did well and was happy with my performance,” Herron said. “I’m going to keep training and working hard. I have plenty of more workouts, and then I plan to go back home and get ready for the draft.”
Huff slightly improved his 40-yard-dash, running it in 4.47 seconds. He is still considered a mid-round selection.
“I felt like my drills went really well,” Huff said. “We just went out there and showed up. I wanted to make my footwork as close to perfect as I could get. I plan on just soaking up as much as I can before the draft.”
Other former players who participated included: safety Luke Anderson, defensive lineman Justin Bernthaler, wide receiver Jarrod Darden, running back Tedder Easton, wide receiver Chris McNeill and running back Brandon Miller.
The group completed position-specific drills and several field tests, including: vertical jump, standing long jump, the 40-yard dash, 3-cone test, I-test, and 60-yard shuttle.
Twenty-two scouts form 19 teams -- Atlanta, Baltimore, Buffalo, Carolina, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Green Bay, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, New England, New Orleans, New York Jets, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco and Tampa Bay -- were in attendance.
The 2014 NFL Draft is scheduled for May 8-10 in New York City.