Music City Bowl, Nebraska vs. Tennessee, 12/30/16

The ball is just off the fingertips of Nebraska receiver Brandon Reilly in the end zone over Tennessee defender  Todd Kelly on Friday.

Say, some team might want to take a late-round flyer on Chase Haslett.

The Husker graduate manager staffer found himself flinging passes to the likes of Brandon Reilly, Alonzo Moore, Cethan Carter, Sam Cotton and, yes, Tommy Armstrong on Nebraska's Pro Day on Tuesday.

Ryker Fyfe was going to handle those duties but came down with strep throat. It was briefly wondered if current NU quarterback Tanner Lee could throw but that didn't end up happening.

Enter Haslett, who played quarterback at Indiana University of Pennsylvania as recently as 2015. Hey, Haslett had some zip on those throws!

Armstrong, mostly working as a wide receiver, threw a few passes to his old teammates too. It all worked out.

How did the testing numbers come out? Here's some early returns from players and those close to the action. Keep in mind, none of the 40 times that come below are official in any capacity.

>>> Brandon Reilly was told by teams that he was clocked in the 4.42/4.43 range in the 40. The wide receiver was impressive in position drills, and is definitely someone to keep an eye on as a late-round guy. His highlight-reel performance in the bowl game against Tennessee won't hurt.

Reilly already has a few teams that have talked to him and a workout with the Houston Texans scheduled on Thursday.

>>> Alonzo Moore wasn't far behind Reilly on time. He heard he ran as a fast 4.44 with a Raiders scout telling him he clocked a 4.46.

>>> Terrell Newby was said to run in the high 4.4s, around the 4.50 mark. The running back also posted a 35-inch vertical.

>>> All the 40s were run inside the Cook Pavilion, which is thought to be a fast track.

>>> Tommy Armstrong looked healthy after coming back from a torn hamstring. He was trimmed down slightly to about 215 pounds and said he was told his 40 time was about 4.55 seconds. If that's the number, it's real good and much better than the 4.70 he had hoped to top.

>>> As for his position drills, he felt the work the last couple months with NU wide receivers coach Keith Williams was incredibly valuable.

Even though he'd never played receiver in college, Armstrong looked like quick and decisive in his field work. One extended-arm catch in particular stood out.

His vertical leap also will catch people's notice: 37 1/2 inches. All in all, pretty good day for him.

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>>> Tight end Sam Cotton had a really productive day, too. His broad jump of 10 feet, 7 inches was best on the team and he believes his 40 time was less than 4.8.

We've seen good Pro Days get guys opportunities before. Recent examples include Trevor Roach and Brent Qvale.

>>> Offensive linemen Dylan Utter and Corey Whitaker led the way on the bench press, both putting up 225 pounds 23 times.

>>> There was personnel from 23 NFL teams on hand, including one representative from the CFL, according to an NU official.

>>> Kevin Maurice, Ross Dzuris, Brad Simpson, Trey Foster and Sam Hahn were other former Huskers who worked out.

Maurice was happy with how his workout was going, particular his effort in the 40, but then suffered a hamstring injury that took him out of later drills.

>>> Dzuris weighed in at 263 pounds, which is about 12 pounds more than he was at the bowl game.

He wants to be a 4-3 defensive end and said he felt he needed to get above 255 to fit the description of what NFL teams want there. Dzuris had a 30-inch vertical and was happy with his day of work.

"Just to get a chance to get some unbiased judgement and criticism is always fun and always good," he said.

>>> Cethan Carter and Nate Gerry, two Huskers who were invited to the NFL Combine, both ran their 40s again in Lincoln. 

The early chatter was that Gerry bettered the time of 4.58 he posted in Indy.

>>> Michael Rose-Ivey did not work out but I'm told he could join Jordan Westerkamp and Josh Banderas for their testing on April 6.

Westerkamp and Banderas needed some extra time to heal from injuries.

>>> Also heard rumblings that quarterback Gunner Kiel, formerly of Cincinnati and Notre Dame, could be in Lincoln that day to throw. We'll see on that.

We'll also see some more official times on those 40s probably released in the next 24 hours by NFL.com.

Reach the writer at bchristopherson@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraBC.


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