A pair of players at Boise State’s pro day present scouts with a challenging evaluation. First is RB Ian Johnson (5-foot-11¼, 211 pounds). You may know him as the guy who scored the winning two-point conversion against Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl and subsequently proposed to his cheerleader girlfriend on the field immediately afterwards, but he is also a legitimate pro prospect.
The problem is Johnson’s production slipped in his senior year. He was part of a backfield by committee in Boise State last season and split carries with Jeremy Avery. It is up to scouts to determine through their research and by talking with the school’s coaches the reason for that dip in production, but Johnson tested out well at the combine and has some skills. He kept most of his numbers from the combine, but ran the short shuttle in 4.24 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.86 seconds, while also catching passes.
The other player who merits a closer look at Boise State is WR Vinny Perretta. The dimunitive receiver (5-9¼, 186 pounds) had an exceptional workout and showed that he deserves a chance, despite his lack of size. He ran a 4.48 and 4.43 in the 40, had a 36-inch vertical jump, a 10-foot, 6-inch broad jump, a 4.09 short shuttle, a 6.63 three-cone drill and put up 14 bench press reps.
Another prospect on hand with draft credentials was WR Jeremy Childs (6-0, 196 pounds). He ran a 4.49 and 4.47 in the 40, had a 4.11 short shuttle and kept the rest of his numbers from the combine. He did position drills.
Twelve team representatives were in attendance to watch a total of 11 prospects work out indoors on FieldTurf. It was an extremely well run pro day and was very organized.
– Gil Brandt