PRO DAY ON THE PALOUSE: Story & Photos

CHARLES DILLON

PULLMAN -– The sun was shining in Pullman on Thursday, but that didn't stop close to 100 spectators from heading to WSU's indoor practice facility to watch NFL scouts put outgoing Cougar players through their paces. Defensive end Lance Broadus likely opened the most eyes with his speed and Charles Dillon, with dad watching, drew cheers for a spectacular catch.

"This feels real good," Dillon's dad, Charles Dillon Sr., said. "To come out here and watch (Charles Jr.) have a chance to compete at this level. It's been his dream since a little kid. I just know how he's worked so hard since Pop Warner."

Dillon's agent also was on hand for the day's proceedings.

"I feel at (Dillon's) height and weight, his 4.5 40 time gives him a good chance to get drafted," said Mike Bernstein. Dillon actually outdid 4.5 in the 40, turning in a 4.46 on his first try.

Asked if anyone in particular had been inquiring about Dillon, Bernstein said Indianapolis.

Representatives were on hand from the Colts, Seahawks, Rams, Chargers, Redskins, 49ers, Giants, Patriots, Eagles and the CFL's BC Lions.

To call them a tight-lipped crowd is an understatement of towering proportion. Most won't talk at all and those that do are economic in their words.

"We're here to see everybody. That's what this day is all about," offered Ram assistant coach Mike Cox.

Added a scout for the Seahawks: "We just gotta get the numbers, man."


LANCE BROADUS

The Cougar who seemed to be turning the most heads with his numbers was Broadus. The 6-2, 227-pound senior from Woodland Hills, Calif., ran the 40 in 4.6 seconds. Even more impressive, Broadus had one of the fastest short-shuttle times (4.26 seconds) and 3-cone drill times (7.07 seconds).

Broadus also turned in a respectable 11.8 seconds in the 60-yard shuttle, though scouts told him and the rest of the linemen that they didn't have to perform in that event. As he kneeled on the starting line, the BC Lions scout could be heard saying to Broadus, "Do well here and we just might have to turn you into a linebacker."

Asked why he ran the 60-yard shuttle when he didn't have to, Broadus said it was common sense: "The Seahawks scout told me to and that he wanted to see what I could do."

Broadus said he felt his day went well. "I was anxious and nervous for about a week before, but the minute I did that first event, I was fine. I felt real good about my 36-inch (vertical jump) but I was anxious to get the (bench) press over with because I wasn't sure how long my shoulder would hold up." Broadus cranked out 15 reps on the bench press at 225 pounds.

"It was great to see all my young teammates coming out here to support us. Plus, they want to see what they'll have to do next year. I also really appreciate all the Cougar fans and all the support they've given me," Broadus said.

Besides Broadus and Dillon, other Cougar seniors working out were quarterback Alex Brink, safeties Husain Abdullah, Dewayne Patterson and Christian Bass, receivers Michael Bumpus and Finas Rabb, offensive lineman Bobby Byrd, tight end Jed Collins, running backs Kevin McCall and Derrell Hutsona, defensive tackle Ropati Pitoitua, cornerback Brian Williams, kicker Romeen Abdollmohammadi and former Cougar basketball player Antonio Chavers, who was a receiver in high school.

Brink didn't compete in any of the field drills, satisfied with what he turned in at the NFL Combine last month. He did show off his arm, however, throwing a series of darts to Bumpus, Rabb, Collins and Dillon.

"I had 48 throws and they felt good – I didn't really throw any that weren't catchable, but there were a couple, like at the Combine, that I would have liked back," said Brink. "I made long throws, short throws and the receivers did a great job. I feel really good about the day."

Brink said he'll remain in Pullman working out for the rest of the spring and hopefully get some calls from NFL teams to come in for individual tryouts before the draft.

Dillon sparked an eruption of applause from the spectators when he made a diving catch on a deep post pattern. Abdullah, who also was at the NFL Combine, only performed in the two-shuttle drills.

Williams impressed the most in the 40, with a time of 4.34 seconds from one scout's stopwatch. Dillon raced to a 4.46 in his second attempt on the day while Bumpus ran a 4.53. Hutsona ran a 4.56 and McCall ran a 4.59 to round out the top five, which puts Broadus' 4.6 in better perspective of just how impressive it was. Patterson pulled a hamstring after his first attempt and was not able to compete in any of the other drills.

Abdullah would have had the fasted short-shuttle time at 4.03 seconds, but he was advised by scouts that he failed to touch one of the lines with his hand and they made him go again. Bumpus and Collins both ran the drill in 4.08 seconds, with Abdullah's official time being 4.12. Dillon ran the drill in 4.13 and Bass cruised to a 4.16 finish.

Bumpus just edged out Williams to take the top time in the three-cone drill. Bumpus finished in a blistering 6.86 seconds, while Williams ran a 6.87. Collins had the third-fastest time with a 6.9 and Dillon finished right behind him at 6.93 seconds. Broadus finished off the top five with his 7.07 time.

Bumpus took the best time in the 60-yard shuttle, finishing in 10.86 seconds. Abdullah finished second with an 11.09. Dillon raced through for an 11.29 finish, while Collins and Williams both finished with an 11.5.

The 2008 NFL draft is April 26 and 27.


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