After suffering an ACL injury in 2017, center Sid Acosta returned to the Rebels starting lineup and became the kind of glue guy that may not possess high-end tools but is nonetheless effective. It may not be enough to get drafted, but he should make it to a practice squad later this year.
Linebacker Rayshad Jackson made his one year in Vegas count, leading the Rebels in tackles and tackles for loss while sharing the team lead in sacks, but it’s the athleticism on display at his virtual pro day brought the type of speed and strength numbers that should make an NFL team sit up and take notice if they weren’t already.
Justin Polu spent the last four years building a reputation as a punishing run-blocking guard and he has the kind of size that you can’t teach, but improving his balance will be key to reaching his ceiling.
Darren Woods Jr. has always looked the part of a NFL receiver, but injuries and erratic quarterback play kept him from consistently flashing all of his tools. Chances are he signs a free agent deal, but he’ll have work to do in camp to make a roster.
Cornerback D.J. Williams proved himself to be an able tackler and a man coverage beast in his two years as a starter but, at just 5-foot-8 and 182 pounds, his immediate NFL future may be as a slot corner and special teams contributor.
Safety Alijah Halliburton spent last fall as one of the busiest athletes at his position, leading the Mountain West in tackles, but it’s his work to add weight ahead of Wyoming’s pro day and the athleticism comparable to a lot of this year’s top safety prospects that could make him a late-round selection.
Cassh Maluia is the less heralded linebacker prospect out of Laramie this fall, but he may have helped himself with a fine pro day showing of his own despite lingering questions about the refinement of his aggressive play and coverage skills.
Maluia did get pick by the Patriots.