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Washington Players Turn Heads at the NFL Combine

There’s a reason that this Washington Husky football team won 14 games and reached the National Championship Game last season. The Washington players who worked out at the NFL Combine put on outstanding performances. Please take a look at all of their results and the buzz surrounding this excellent Husky NFL Class.

Michael Penix Jr. (QB)

Height: 6’-2”

Weight: 216 pounds

Arm: 33 ⅝”

Hand: 10.50”

The Maxwell Award-winning quarterback measured with a hand size in the top 10 all-time in the NFL Combine. At 10.5”, Michael Penix Jr.’s hand size is the same as Anthony Richardson’s from last season. Penix Jr. is not quite the athlete of the top five quarterbacks in this class, but is arguably the most accurate downfield passer of the group. He connected on several deep balls at the combine, showing why he was the best quarterback in the nation last year. Penix Jr.’s injury history and athletic limitations may hold him slightly behind the top few quarterbacks. But whoever drafts Penix Jr. in April is getting one of the best passers we’ve seen in recent college football. 

Rome Odunze (WR)

40-yard dash: 4.45 seconds

Vertical jump: 39”

Broad jump: 10’-4”

3-cone drill: 6.88 seconds

20-yard shuttle: 4.03 seconds

Washington’s leading wide receiver ran a near-perfect Gauntlet Drill at the NFL Combine. The drill where wide receivers run in a straight line across the field, catching two stand-still passes, and five passes on the run. It highlights straight-line running ability, and pass-catching on the move. Rome Odunze’s performance in this drill was among the most impressive of all the wide-outs in Indianapolis. Odunze also did something rarely seen at the NFL Combine. He stayed long after scouts and coaches left to work on his 3-cone drill. He was officially clocked at 6.88 seconds but stayed after until he could break 6.60 seconds. 

Jalen McMillan (WR)

40-yard dash: 4.47 seconds

Vertical jump: 37”

Broad jump: 10’-7”

3-cone drill: 6.94 seconds

20-yard shuttle: 4.18 seconds

Odunze and Jalen McMillan both registered sub-4.5-second 40-yard dash times at this year’s NFL Combine. He had an impressive workout in the Gauntlet Drill and will be seen as a steal in this year’s draft. McMillan considers himself the best route runner in this year’s wide receiver class, and his tape backs him up.

Ja’Lynn Polk (WR)

40-yard dash: 4.52 seconds

Vertical jump: 37.5”

Broad jump: 10’-9”

The Penix Jr. to Ja’Lynn Polk connection was on display one more time in Indianapolis. Penix Jr. fired a 50-yard deep ball to the sideline where Polk pulled in an impressive finger-tip grab. 

Dillon Johnson (RB)

40-yard dash: 4.68 seconds

Vertical jump: 31.5”

Broad jump: 9’-9”

Although he finished with the second-slowest 40-yard dash time among running backs, Dillon Johnson has reportedly already scheduled visits with the Steelers, Cardinals, and Vikings. His 1,195-yard and 16-touchdown season was crucial in Washington’s National Championship Game path. Johnson’s ability to play through his injuries this past season was a testament to his physicality, a necessary trait in his position to play on Sundays.

Devin Culp (TE)

40-yard dash: 4.47 seconds

On the list of all Washington players at the combine, Devin Culp comes in at the bottom of the list with just a 5.65 overall grade. However, he increased his draft stock with his performance in Indianapolis. He earned a 92 overall “Athleticism Score”, the highest among all tight ends at the combine. Culp’s 40-yard dash was a full tenth of a second faster than any other tight end. In a thin tight-end class compared to last year, Culp showed he can be a true steal in this draft.

Jack Westover (TE)

The Washington tight end did not participate in drills at the NFL Combine due to a left-hand injury. However, he was impressive in his interviews in Indianapolis. Jack Westover was Washington’s fourth-leading receiver last season with 433 yards and four touchdowns. The former walk-on and Pacific Northwest native met with teams and the media in Indianapolis.

Troy Fautanu (OL)

40-yard dash: 5.01 seconds

Vertical jump: 32.5”

Broad jump: 9’-5”

It’s rare to see an offensive lineman move like Troy Fautanu did at the NFL Combine. His 40-yard dash time was above average for his position, and he excelled in lateral movements during the Wave Drill. Fautanu got up off his back and shuffled his way back and forth across the field with agility that wowed scouts. 

Roger Rosengarten (OL)

40-yard dash: 4.92 seconds

Vertical jump: 30”

Broad jump: 9’-5”

20-yard shuttle: 4.60 seconds

The fastest offensive lineman at the NFL Combine was Roger Rosengarten. His 40-yard dash time was two one-hundredths of a second faster than any other lineman this year, and the fastest at offensive line since the 2022 combine. The two tackles for the nation’s top offensive line last year had two of the best performances in Indianapolis.

Edefuan Ulofoshio (LB)

40-yard dash: 4.56 seconds

Vertical jump: 39.5”

Broad jump: 10’-8”

Among all the linebackers at the NFL Combine, Washington’s Edefuan Ulofoshio out-jumped all of them. He recorded a vertical jump two inches higher than the next highest. And in the broad jump, he landed an inch further than anyone at his position. 

Bralen Trice (EDGE)

40-yard dash: 4.72 seconds

Washington’s defensive line had one of the most disruptive edge rushers in the nation last season in Bralen Trice. He led the team with seven sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss in 2023. Trice’s three tackles for loss against Texas in the Sugar Bowl were influential in Washington’s win.

Zion Tupuola-Fetui (EDGE)

Zion Tupuola-Fetui did not work out at the NFL Combine due to an arm injury. He did get measurements taken and spoke to the media. Tupuola-Fetui finished third on the team last season in tackles for loss.

Dominique Hampton (DB)

40-yard dash: 4.51 seconds

Vertical jump: 39”

Broad jump: 10’-2”

3-cone drill: 6.83 seconds

20-yard shuttle: 4.14 seconds

Washington’s leading tackler from last season ranked among the top in recent history at his position. Dominique Hampton scored a 9.74 Relative Athletic Score out of a maximum of 10.00. That ranks 26th out of 976 free safeties at the combine from 1987 to 2024. 

Photo Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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