Former Washington High star Deontay Greenberry felt slighted when he didn’t get an invite to the NFL Combine.
So he turned his attention to pro day at the University of Houston, where he starred as a wide receiver, with the hope he could impress some NFL scouts.
He did that and then some.
Greenberry’s 40 times were 4.52 and 4.5 seconds. His vertical jump was a 351/2 and he had a broad jump of 9-8. Greenberry did 21 lifts of 225 pounds, the 20-yard shuttle drill in 4.31 seconds, and the three-cone drill in 7.23 seconds.
And he displayed added muscle. Listed on the Cougars’ bowl game roster at 194 pounds, he tipped the scales at 211 at pro day.
Greenberry, who is 6-1, said scouts liked the speed he showed as well as how he performed in the other on-field drills.
“I put on a lot more weight,” he said. “I was stronger than what they expected and a lot faster. Helped raise my stock in the draft.”
ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. said Greenberry is an “underrated receiver” and “overlooked in this … process” ahead of the draft, which is April 30-May 2 in Chicago.
Lining up individual pre-draft workouts for NFL teams is next on his list. Greenbery visited the Tennessee Titans on Thursday and worked out Saturday for the Houston Texans. He has a visit coming up with the San Francisco 49ers.
There certainly wasn’t much wrong with his numbers at Houston. He finished with 2,612 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns, including 841 yards and six TDs this past year in his third and final season before declaring as an early entry to the draft.
“I’m a hard worker and I’m all about competing,” he said. “If I see someone go hard, I’m going to try as hard or harder than that person.”
Ex-’Dog Wichmann visits Chiefs
Former Fresno State offensive guard Cody Wichmann met with the Kansas City Chiefs for eight hours Wednesday, undergoing what the lineman said were medical tests.
Wichmann met with the Atlanta Falcons after a solid Fresno State Pro Day, and the All-Mountain West Conference first-team selection received more attention when the Chiefs came calling. He flew to Kansas City on Tuesday and met the coaching staff the next day. He also met with offensive line coaches for the Cincinnati Bengals and New England Patriots after the pro day.
Next up for Wichmann is a visit with the Miami Dolphins on April 17.
How they rank
ESPN has posted its position rankings of draft prospects.
Here’s how some of the central San Joaquin Valley hopefuls stack up, with ranking by position and overall.
Eric Kendricks (Hoover/UCLA), No. 1 at the position, 29th overall
Josh Harper (Fresno State), 20 and 132; Greenberry, 37 and 250
Derron Smith (Fresno State), 3 and 74; Tevin McDonald (Edison/UCLA/Eastern Washington) 24th and unranked
Tyler Davison (Fresno State), 15 and 181; he was scheduled to meet with the New Orleans on Sunday
Steven Nelson (Sequoias/Oregon State), 11 and 87
Wichmann (Mariposa High), 37th and unranked