2014 NFL draft: Wyoming's Brett Smith turns heads at pro day

Thursday March 13th, 2014

2014 NFL draft: Wyoming's Brett Smith turns heads at pro day Brett Smith (right) has drawn comparison to Johnny Manziel. (Nati Harnik/AP)

Every year, hundreds of draft prospects gather at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis for the NFL scouting combine where they work out for scouts and personnel members from around the league.

While the majority of top prospects are included in the combine, there are always a handful of players that slip through the cracks and don't receive an invitation.

The most notable absence from this year's combine was Wyoming Cowboys quarterback Brett Smith.

Smith is one of the most athletic signal-callers in this year's draft, and many believe that he could be a late-round gem, but he needed to rely heavily on his pro day to impress teams after not being invited to Indianapolis.

On Thursday, Smith did just that with a stellar performance at Wyoming, recording an "official" 4.51 40-yard dash and a broad jump of 10-foot-8 (via Benjamin Albright). He measured in at 6-foot-1 and 3/4 inches, with 10-inch hands.

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Smith has drawn comparisons to Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, and his ability to spin the ball downfield was on full display Thursday afternoon. Teams are certainly taking notice of Smith's performance and he could once again be in the late-round discussion.

As Seattle Seahawks linebacker and Super Bowl XLVIII MVP Malcolm Smith showed us this season, your career is not over if you miss out on the combine. Hard work will pay off in the long run. Reports indicate the Denver Broncos are among the teams interested in the Wyoming product.

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