Washington State track & field star has NFL dreams

An unexpected NFL hopeful showed up at Washington State’s practice bubble on March 11 for the school’s pro day workout. Matt Lamb, an All-America discus thrower who didn’t play football for the Cougars, put together a solid gridiron workout nonetheless.

Linebacker Andy Mattingly, right, worked out for NFL scouts at Washington State's pro day. (Dean Hare / Associated Press)

Lamb (6-1, 224) ran a 4.60, 4.60-seconds in the 40-yard dash, had a 34-inch vertical leap, 10-2 broad jump, 4.20 short shuttle, 7.10 three-cone drill and completed 23 bench press repetitions at 225 pounds. It’s unknown what position Lamb would hope to play in the NFL.

Seven other athletes, who actually played football at Washington State, worked out on AstroTurf for representatives from eight NFL teams, including Packers director of college scouting John Dorsey. Two players, neither of whom participated in the NFL Scouting Combine, stood out:

Offensive lineman Kenny Alfred (6-2, 290) ran 5.06 and 5.08 in the 40, had a 31-inch vertical leap, 8-1 broad jump, 4.50 short shuttle, 7.80 three-cone drill and completed 21 bench press reps.

Linebacker Andy Mattingly (6-3 3/8, 253) ran 4.72 and 4.74 in the 40, had a 32-inch vertical leap, 9-7 broad jump, 4.36 short shuttle, 7.05 three-cone drill and 25 bench press reps.

–Gill Brandt

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