Hughes, Washington impress at TCU's pro day

Standout defenders led Horned Frogs to 12-1 season. Joe Fortenbaugh

Print This March 13, 2010, 09:58 AM EST

Defensive end Jerry Hughes and linebacker Daryl Washington continue to turn heads as they work their way towards April’s NFL draft.

TCU’s standout senior defensemen—who were both named first-team All Mountain West in December—were the featured attractions at the Horned Frogs’ pro day in Fort Worth, Tex. on Friday.

24 NFL teams sent representatives to the workout.

Hughes (6-2 ¼, 254)—who was named the Mountain West Conference’s defensive player of the year for the second consecutive season—has the versatility to play either defensive end in a 4-3 scheme or outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense at the next level. He only took part in position drills on Friday, but looked “smooth and athletic,” according to Gil Brandt of

Hughes ran a 4.69 40-yard-dash at the combine last month, which was the fourth-best time among the defensive linemen.

Washington (6-2, 229) is a natural outside linebacker with great speed who, according to our own Wes Bunting, showcases the range to easily track the ball sideline to sideline. He ran 4.54 in the 40-yard-dash (twice) and 7.06 in the three-cone drill, in addition to participating in position drills.

Washington’s 4.54 40 time was an improvement on the 4.66 he ran at the combine in Indianapolis in February.

Some of the other notable performers from TCU’s pro day include:

OT Marshall Newhouse (6-4, 322) only took part in position drills.

Long snapper Clint Gresham (6-3, 238) ran 5.11 and 5.13 in the 40-yard-dash and put up 12 reps on the bench press. Gil Brandt says Gresham could be one of the best long snappers to come out of college football in the last ten years.

OT Nic Richmond (6-8, 309) ran 5.30 and 5.35 in the 40-yard-dash, 4.86 in the short shuttle and 8.11 in the three-cone drill. He put up 18 reps on the bench and recorded an 8-6 broad jump and 28.0 vertical jump.

CB Rafael Priest (5-9 ¾, 183) has been battling a foot injury, so he did not run. Priest posted a 28.5 vertical jump and 9-7 broad jump.

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