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Jake Enjoys Stellar Pro Day; Draft Day Nears

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Although the next month will assuredly be busy with invidual workouts, Jake’s last high-profile public workout went as good as he could have hoped for.

With a contingency of pro scouts and media alike watching carefully, Jake put on a throwing spectacle. The near perfect demonstration–with unofficial tallies touting a 38-40 performance–had many pundits clamoring about his continued improvements in his passing game, and even Jake couldn’t help but be satisfied.

“I think that each one I was able to improve on on the last and that’s how I felt today that I was able to improve on my Combine performance and be a little more consistent and fluid,” Jake said following the event. “Very happy with what I did today. I thought it was better. It was more consistent. There were a few throws in the Combine that I didn’t like, that I would have liked to do over again. Today I felt like every ball came of my hand good. I felt confident and it went where I wanted it to.”

Up next for Jake will be private team workouts. He will look to continue to impress his potential suitors before the start of the April 28th NFL draft, a special experience that he plans to view with his close family and friends from his family’s home in Ferndale, WA.

In case you missed Jake’s performance at UW’s Pro Day, you can view the replay on ESPN3.com.

Seattle Times also has some video of Jake here.

UW Pro Day Showcase for Jake Tomorrow; Featured on ESPN3

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Jake’s series of NFL auditions concludes tomorrow morning on the campus of the University of Washington, where UW will hold their annual ‘Pro Day’ for graduating senior football players.

For the first time, the event will be televised live on-line on ESPN3.com. The line-up of former UW players–including fellow offensive mates Cody Habben, Ryan Tolar and D’Andre Goodwin–can be found on Coach Sark’s site here.

Jake plans on featuring his throwing skills in a continued effort to show that he is more than just an athlete at the quarterback position, and that he can make the throws that are necessary to compete at the next level. Since the end of the season, Jake has been diligently working with Steve Clarkson and former NFL Quarterback Ken O’Brien on continuing to improve his footwork, and Wednesday’s event will give him a final opportunity to give NFL talent evaluators one last glimpse before April’s NFL Draft.  

Mike Sando of ESPN’s NFC West Blog  wrote a quick piece on Jake and will be attending the day’s events. Look for Mike to provide in depth coverage of how Jake performs and if he may be a prospect for one of the teams within the NFC West.

Jake and the NFL Network

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Jake visited the NFL Network set this week as part of their “Path to the Draft” series, was interviewed for the blog, and was a guest analyst on the league’s 24-hour t.v. channel.

Jake is also a part of the “Everything to Prove” series featured on NFL.com, a series that follows the transition of 14 collegiate players to the pro game. The 1st program can be found here, and the 2nd program can be found here.

Jake Vying for the EA Sports 2012 NCAA Football Cover

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Jake is one of 4 college football players to have the opportunity to be on the EA Sports 2012 NCAA College Football video game cover. Every year the game features a top collegiate football on the cover of the case, and this is the first year the public gets to vote.

Here is a trailer for the contest. You can place your vote for Jake here.

Jake is competing with Alabama’s Mark Ingram, DeMarco Murray of Oklahoma and Nick Fairley of Auburn.

After Successful Combine, Jake Awaits Pro Day

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As there are a lot of pro teams that will be looking to draft a quarterback in the upcoming 2011 NFL Draft, Jake had a lot of eyes on him during his 4 day stretch of the NFL Combine. Fortunately, by many accounts he improved his draft stock after a successful showing in the speed and agility drills, throwing excercises and the personal interview process.

Jake said that he talked to every NFL team in some capacity, and that the interview side was a lot of talk about football in general. He was also pleased at how the event went overall.

“I felt really good. It was a good week for me. I thought the interview process went well, the medical stuff went well and when I was able to get on the field I felt comfortable and confident.”

Jake placed in the top half of every measured athletic drill, including 3rd in his ‘official’ 40-yard time (4.59 official after two 4.52 unofficial readings), 1st in the 3-cone drill (6.77), 3rd in the vertical leap (35″), and 4th in the broad jump (10′).

Jake will have one final audition for NFL personnel before April’s draft, and this one will come with a home field advantage as it will be held on U of W’s campus on March 30th.

Here is a clip of the media interview portion of the Combine:

 

A clip of Jake in the 40:

And a training segment of Jake at Velocity Sports, preparing for the Combine:

A few links to the Combine Coverage:

Bucky Brooks of NFL.com writes blogs that Jake was “one of the standouts in the throwing drills.”

Doug Farrar of Yahoo Sports lists Jake as one of the day’s “winners”.

And Danny O’Neil of the Seattletimes.com provides a summary of Jake’s Combine performance.