Below are some quick hits from Arizona’s pro day (which was closed to the media). We’ll have more coverage of the Wildcats' pro prospects later today and in the coming days.

  • Linebacker Scooby Wright “definitely helped himself today,” his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said. Rosenhaus said Wright had a 35-inch vertical jump (up from 31 inches at last month’s NFL scouting combine) and ran just under 4.80 seconds in the 40-yard dash on some stopwatches (after running 4.90 at the combine).
  • Wright said he was much more relaxed at pro day compared to the combine. He said he was so tense in Indianapolis that he popped a neck muscle while running the 40.
  • "Scooby's going to have a great impact,” said Rosenhaus, who represented Zach Thomas, the linebacker to whom Wright has been compared. “He'll play 10 years in the pros. He's a future Pro Bowl guy."
  • Receiver Cayleb Jones had his uncle, former NFL quarterback Jeff Blake, throw to him at pro day. Jones elected not to run the 40. He ran a 4.65 at the scouting combine at 6-foot-3, 209 pounds.
  • Offensive lineman Lene Maiava underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in late January and only did the bench press today. He did 34 reps, the most of any Wildcat.
  • Defensive back Will Parks looked smooth and quick in the drills I could see and said afterward that he received positive feedback from scouts. Parks said teams are looking at him as a free safety or possibly a nickel cornerback who can cover slot receivers.
  • Reggie Gilbert, who played defensive line for Arizona, did linebacker and D-line drills. The 6-3 Gilbert weighed 261 pounds. He purportedly ran the 40 in the 4.80 range.
  • Linebacker Cody Ippolito was among many current UA players who watched part or all of pro day. I also saw tailback Nick Wilson and quarterback Brandon Dawkins, among others.


Michael is an award-winning journalist who has been covering sports professionally since the early '90s. He started at the Star in 2015 after spending 15 years at The Orange County Register. Michael is a graduate of Northwestern University.