Goethel attracting interest of NFL linebacker coaches

Travis Goethel attracted a lot of attention from scouts during Arizona State's pro day. (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

One indication of a prospects’ draft stature is how many position coaches come to watch him work out at his school’s pro day.

Count Arizona State’s Travis Goethel (6-foot-2 1/2, 238) as a player on the rise. Four linebacker coaches (Jaguars, Dolphins, Bills and Ravens) were among the 31 team representatives on hand to watch the Sun Devils’ pro day on Friday.

The event took place outdoors on grass, and Goethel did not disappoint. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.58 and 4.62 seconds, had a 9-foot, 2-inch broad jump, a 4.22-second short shuttle, a 6.71-second three-cone drill and did position drills.

There were three other noteworthy prospects also in attendance:

WR Chris McGaha (6-1 1/4, 200) had Lasik surgery recently, so he did not do position drills. He had a 40-inch vertical jump, a 10-2 broad jump and a 4.21 short shuttle.

OT Shawn Lauvao (6-3, 304) ran a 5.25 and 5.25 in the 40, had a 31-inch vertical jump, an 8-foot broad jump and did position drills with an NFL offensive line coach working him out.

DE Dexter Davis (6-1 1/2, 244) had a 35-inch vertical jump and did position drills.

The event was well organized, starting at 9:30 and finishing at 12:30. Scouts were served a big breakfast, and coach Dennis Erickson also went over all the junior players with talent evaluators.

Gil Brandt

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