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Unrein's Draft Stock Rising


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Draft stock of Wyoming's Unrein on rise
By Jeff Legwold
The Denver Post
Posted: 03/18/2010 01:00:00 AM MDT
Updated: 03/18/2010 07:20:23 AM MDT

March is a time for many players to help or hurt themselves before the NFL draft, which this year is April 22-24.

Wyoming's Mitch Unrein, a defensive tackle from Eaton High School, helped himself the past two weeks. Slightly undersized (6-feet-3 and 276 pounds) to play on the inside in the NFL, Unrein showed good movement skills in two campus workouts.

He worked out for NFL scouts at Wyoming's pro day, running 4.89 and 4.91 seconds in his 40-yard dashes. He also had a 31-inch vertical jump. He looked good in position drills, as well.

Unrein turned in another good workout when, because of the NFL's territorial rules about pro days (players can work out at their campus or a campus close to their hometown), he participated in Colorado State's pro day last week. Scouts there got a look at him in position drills with CSU guard Shelley Smith and offensive tackle Cole Pemberton, both of whom had been at the combine in Indianapolis.

Wyoming's pro day, with 14 teams sending representatives to Laramie, was better attended than CSU's pro day this year. But for Unrein to have two solid workouts so close together certainly puts him on the NFL radar at a good time.

Scouts like the potential of former wrestlers in the defensive line. The thought is, those players have a knack of playing with leverage in tight spaces. They know how to shed blockers and have the ability to keep and quickly regain their balance on the move.

Unrein was a state champion wrestler at Eaton, producing 31 pins on his way to winning the 215-pound title in his class as a senior.

NFL teams that play an active defensive front with one-gap responsibilities may be more willing to take a look at Unrein. He isn't the huge, two-gap tackle some teams prefer, but he plays hard and his work this month shows he's put in the time and effort.

It would be a surprise if he isn't in some team's training camp when summer rolls around.

Jeff Legwold: 303-954-2359 or [email protected]

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