Making his case

Harris works out for 29 NFL teams at UW Pro Day

LARAMIE – The last 10-plus weeks of work for Logan Harris came to a head on Tuesday morning at the High Altitude Performance Center and at the Indoor Practice Facility on the campus of the University of Wyoming.

Harris and six other Cowboys – Garrett Crall (defensive end), Keegan Cryder (center), Ayden Eberhardt (wide receiver), Esaias Gandy (safety), Chad Muma (linebacker) and Trey Smith (running back) – made their cases to 29 scouts from around the National Football League in hopes of getting drafted in April.

Heights and weights were measured before the UW and Torrington High School graduate got down to work, running a series of tests for the scouts.

It started with testing of his vertical jump and 225-pound bench press inside the HAPC Weight Room before moving into the Indoor Practice Facility for the 40-yard dash, broad jump, three-cone test, 20-yard shuttle and specific position testing.

After the three-hours’ worth of testing, an exhausted Harris described the day as “good.”

“We’ve trained with our coaching staff for the last 10-1/2 weeks, and they put us in a really good position,” Harris said. “Everything was in our best interest, and I don’t think I could have felt any more prepared coming into today.”

During the bench press portion of the test, Harris completed 25 repetitions, and based on results from this year’s NFL Combine, Harris’ 25 reps would have ranked him No. 8 among all offensive linemen tested at the combine.

The NFL didn’t release any official numbers since there were so many teams taking times.

However, Harris did say his numbers were similar to and improved upon what he was achieving coming into the UW Pro Day.

“A lot of the agility stuff, since there are so many guys taking times, we never got a direct time on those, but numbers in the broad, the bench and the vertical, I felt pretty good about,” he said.

Harris set personal records in the broad jump, bench press and vertical jump.

Harris said he leaned on good friend and fellow UW offensive lineman Keegan Cryder in preparation for this day.

“We came in with the same class. We’ve had a lot of bad days together and a lot of good days. We were there to bounce off each other,” Harris said. “It takes a lot of stress off you with him being in there.”

Cryder wasn’t the only one pulling for Harris on Tuesday. A large number of his other teammates were also in attendance cheering him on.

“It’s about going out and having fun,” Harris said. “You can’t be stressed about it or you’ll sike yourself out. It’s a fun environment.”

At one point, one of his teammates told Harris prior to one of the tests, “It’s just like practice.”

Once all the timed tests were out of the way, Harris also got to spend part of the UW Pro Day working with Derek Frazier to wrap up the session.

Frazier spent one season as the offensive line coach at Wyoming before moving on to be the assistant offensive line coach for the Cincinnati Bengals.

Now it becomes a waiting game for Harris as he waits for the April 28-30 NFL Draft which will be held in Las Vegas, Nev.

Leading up to the draft, Harris will stay in shape, and as he puts it, “stay online” should a team want to work him out again.

“If there are rookie camps and stuff, you definitely don’t want to go into those out of shape,” Harris said.

He has received a little feedback and said his versatility could help him reach the NFL.

“There is interest,” Harris said. “Everyone is looking for o-linemen that can be versatile and play all three inside positions.”

Whether he ends up with his former UW offensive line coach in Cincinnati or elsewhere, one thing is certain, he’s thankful for the opportunity which presented itself on Tuesday in Laramie.

“Wherever you end up is a good thing. Any chance I could get, I would be very, very thankful for,” Harris said. “Thinking back from five years ago to where I’m at now, to even have a shot at it, I’m very thankful to have a shot and a glimpse of it all.”