By Chadd Cripe
© 2011 Idaho Statesman
Boise State cornerback Jamar Taylor, tailback Doug Martin, safety George Iloka and wide receivers Geraldo Hiwat, Aaron Burks, Tyler Shoemaker and Chris Potter were among the standouts at the Broncos’ "pro day" workout last week. The players went through six of the seven tests that NFL scouts use at the NFL Scouting Combine and at the annual pro day where they evaluate draft-eligible players.
Taylor, a junior returning starter, is a rising star in the program and that was evident in the workout — he ran the fastest 40-yard dash on the team and a faster 20-yard shuttle than anyone at the combine.
Fans also will enjoy seeing the speed displayed by the wide receivers — Hiwat, Burks and Shoemaker all ran the 40 in 4.40 or better and Potter was among the team’s quickest players in agility drills. That group must replace NFL draft picks Titus Young and Austin Pettis.
Here are the top performers in each test and how they compare to the top performers at this year’s combine:
1. CB Jamar Taylor, 4.33 seconds
2. WR Geraldo Hiwat, 4.37
3. WR Aaron Burks, 4.38
4. WR Tyler Shoemaker, 4.40
5. RB Doug Martin, 4.41
Combine note: Taylor’s time would have ranked second.
1. WR Aaron Burks, 6.46 seconds
2. RB Doug Martin, 6.51
2. WR Chris Potter, 6.51
4. WR Geraldo Hiwat, 6.54
5. S George Iloka, 6.57
5. CB Jamar Taylor, 6.57
Combine note: Burks’ time would have tied for third. The best time by a running back was 6.66 and the best time by a safety was 6.85.
Pro agility (20-yard shuttle)
1. CB Jamar Taylor, 3.87 seconds
2. WR Chris Potter, 3.89
3. QB Joe Southwick, 3.92
4. CB Josh Borgman, 3.93
4. S George Iloka, 3.93
Combine note: The fastest time this year was 3.88 by former Boise State WR Austin Pettis.
1. WR Geraldo Hiwat, 10 feet, 9.75 inches
2. WR Aaron Burks, 10-4.75
3. S George Iloka, 10-0.75
4. CB Jamar Taylor, 10-0.50
5. RB Doug Martin, 9-11
Combine note: Hiwat’s jump would have ranked fifth.
Bench press (reps at 225 pounds)
1. DT Michael Atkinson, 32
2. RB Doug Martin, 28
2. OL Chuck Hayes, 28
2. DE Tyrone Crawford, 28
5. OL Cory Yriarte, 27
Combine note: Atkinson would have tied for 10th.
1. WR Aaron Burks, 38.5 inches
2. WR Tyler Shoemaker, 38
3. RB Doug Martin, 37
3. S Hazen Moss, 37
3. S Quaylon Ewing-Burton, 37
Combine note: Burks would have tied for 13th.
Here is a video our photographers produced last week from the workout.
ESPN has scheduled Iowa State-Connecticut for Friday, Sept. 16. That would seem to rule out the Boise State-Toledo game being moved from Saturday, Sept. 17 — but the sports information director at Toledo told me this week he still wouldn’t rule out a date change. Boise State athletic director Gene Bleymaier has said that ESPN wants to move the game to Friday but that there’s a hang-up on Toledo’s end.
The 2012 mock drafts circulating on the Internet have Boise State offensive tackle Nate Potter as a first-round NFL draft pick and defensive tackle Billy Winn as a possible first-rounder. Martin will be an interesting guy to watch — as you can see above, he’ll impress at the combine, and Fresno State’s Ryan Matthews played his way into the first round with a big year in 2009.