Troy receiver makes ‘a catch for the ages’ at Tulane’s pro day

Representatives from 17 NFL teams were present for Tulane’s pro day on Friday, when 10 Green Wave players and around 20 others from area small schools worked out indoors on FieldTurf at the facility of the New Orleans Saints.

Ryan Grant, WR (6-foot 1/2, 194 pounds) — Grant — who was at the NFL Scouting Combine — ran the 40-yard dash in 4.52 and 4.50 seconds. Grant’s position skills are impressive; he’s a really good route runner and has very good hands. Grant is a likely third-day selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, probably in the lower rounds.

Cairo Santos, K (5-8 1/2, 161) — Santos booted six kickoffs into the end zone, and then converted 8 of 8 field goal attempts from inside 50 yards, 2 of 3 from 55 yards, but had two misses from 60 yards out. He is described as being strong-legged.

Julius Warmsley, DE (6-1 3/4, 276) — Warmsley ran the 40 in 5.03 and 5.00 seconds. He had a 32-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-7 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.41 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.38 seconds. He performed 28 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. He is described as having outstanding quickness and moves really well for a defensive end. If Warmsley were a little faster he’d be a candidate to play linebacker, but he will have to play as a defensive end in the NFL. He is a potential free-agent pickup following the conclusion of the draft.

Troy wide receiver Wilson Van Hooser worked out at Troy’s pro day, but the New Orleans native opted to work out again at Tulane’s pro day. Van Hooser ran the 40 in 4.45 and 4.48 seconds. He then produced what was described as the highlight of the entire 2014 pro-day season during the on-field workout. Van Hooser was running a fly route, but the pass camp up short. Rather than circle back to the ball, Van Hooser caught the ball with his hands behind his back. It was described as “a catch for the ages.”

At Troy’s pro day on March 10, Van Hooser had a 39-inch vertical jump, 10-foot-6 broad jump, a 4.15-second short shuttle time, 6.96-second three-cone drill time and performed 16 strength lifts.

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