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Huskers Happy with Performances at Nebraska’s Pro Day

March 22, 2022

Ten former Huskers gathered together on campus one last time looking to make an impression on the numerous scouts that attended Nebraska’s pro day. 

The participants each had their own plans and goals heading in, but the general message from the group afterward was that Tuesday’s efforts were a success.

“I had a great day, felt loose, had fun with the guys and just being around everyone,” Cam Taylor-Britt said. “I came here and did what I was supposed to do.”

Taylor-Britt was one of four Huskers who participated at the NFL Combine, and after running a 4.38-second 40-yard dash in Indianapolis, he felt no need to run again on Tuesday. Taylor-Britt said he saw rumors that he was going to run in the 4.5s and sought to prove them wrong in a big way. Tuesday was for showing off his hops and running position drills.

“Speed was one of the biggest things that I wanted to show and I did that at the Combine,” Taylor Britt said. “But just come out here and do my drills even better than what I did [at the Combine] and that was what I kind of did.”

Similarly, tight end Austin Allen let his athletic testing at the Combine stand as he went through measurements, the bench press (eight reps) and position drills on Tuesday.

“I think it went well,” Allen said. “My bench number is low, but I was expecting that; I’ve got long, skinny arms, so I wasn’t expecting great number on that. They just needed to see a number down on paper so there are no red flags. I knocked that out of the way and then went down here. I was pretty happy with my numbers at the Combine. I wish the 40 would have been a little bit faster, but I don’t think it warranted needing another attempt here. So I didn’t do anything other than the on-field workouts in terms of routes and I think the routes what really well. So a great day in my eyes.”

Tuesday was even more important for the former Huskers who didn’t receive a Combine invitation. Wideout Samori Touré was one of them despite a strong showing at the Shrine Game, and he called Tuesday one of the most important days in his life thus far.

“I feel like I definitely came out and did what I was supposed to do,” Touré said. “I knew that I had it all on the line here with no Combine invite and I feel like I left it on the field … I feel like all my training the last couple months, my hard work has paid off.”

Touré unofficially recorded the fastest 40 time among the former Huskers that chose to run in the low 4.4s, and he was second in the vertical leap at 34 inches behind only JoJo Domann at 36.5. 

“I wouldn’t say I was nervous because I knew I was prepared, but I was more anxious,” Touré said. “I kind of treated it like a game day. It was kind of hard to sleep last night just like before a game day, kind of jittery, but I feel like I wouldn’t feel right if I wasn’t.”

Domann, another Combine participant, wasn’t thrilled with his 40-yard dash runs but showed out in the weight room and enjoyed the experience overall.

“It went well,” Domann said. “It was good to be back in Nebraska. I couldn’t have really anticipated the emotions that were going to come up but it was just all joy and happiness which I definitely think helped propel my performance today. Honestly, I’m just glad it’s over, glad it’s been done with. We took care of business and now it’s time for the next step.”

Defensive lineman Damion Daniels opted out of the weight room testing because of chest contusion but showed off a slimmer physique out on the field for the scouts. He weighed in at 302 pounds, the lightest he’s been since his sophomore year of high school. Daniels ended the season at 315. He credited the nutrition team down in Fort Worth for his gains (or rather, losses), rattling off a string of names of those who helped him during the process.

“I just showed them that I can maintain my weight,” Daniels said. “If they want me to play heavy, I can play heavy. I showed them that I can get down. I showed them my mobility and showed them everything I can do. I just showed them what my tape shows.”

Daniels said he’s heard a wide range of potential roles he could play at the next level, but the feedback has been positive.

“They said they can see me taking up bodies and just space, and some see me playing three-tech because they say they they see me again affecting the quarterback that way,” Daniels said. “Just playing anything from zero to three-tech.”

Similarly, Taylor-Britt has heard from scouts who can see him playing at almost any spot in the secondary at the next level because of his versatility.

“I could play three levels as far as nickel, safety and corner, depending on their scheme of course,” Taylor-Britt said. “But I’m not afraid to hit. Ball skills. One thing they did say, because I asked them what do they think I need to work, is my transition, coming back downhill and that’s one of the thing I wanted to show them in my drills today is coming out my breaks as fast as possible, not just attacking the ball.”

Allen’s feedback centered on continuing to bulk up and add strength to his 6-foot-7 (and change) frame, which came as no surprise to the Aurora native. He weighed in at 252 pounds on Tuesday.

Nobody got drafted on Tuesday, but pro day is an important step in the process for those chasing their NFL dreams, and as a group the former Huskers seemed to be pleased with their performance overall.

“Today was really just another opportunity to work out in front of the scouts, and now the scouts can go back to their organizations and say ‘check out this guy,’” Allen said, appropriately summing up the day.

The next step will be meetings and individual workouts with teams. The 2022 NFL Draft is set for April 28-30 in Las Vegas.

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