SEATTLE (AP) — Keith Price is Washington's all-time leader in touchdown passes and is second in yards passing. He was so certain an invitation to the NFL combine was coming he spent January working out in Southern California to get ready for the chance to show-off in front of the NFL scouts.
And then the invite never came.
"I thought there was no doubt that I was going," Price said.
Without the chance to perform in Indianapolis, Price's pro day on Wednesday became vitally important to his NFL future. Price threw before representatives of about 20 NFL teams, including Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider.
His goal was to show that he has the arm strength to play in the NFL. A 65-yard pass right from the start of his throwing session certainly caught the attention of everyone watching. Price made between 45 and 50 throws during his scripted passing session with only a few passes hitting the ground.
"People look at my frame and a lot of times I'm not going deep and testing my arm strength but I can throw the ball," Price said. "I think I have a strong arm, I'm confident in myself and I'm confident in my abilities."
Price threw for 2,966 yards and 21 touchdowns last season, and missed 1 ½ games due to injury. It was a strong rebound from a disappointing junior season and seemed to set up Price for a shot at a professional career.
He wasn't the only one surprised that he didn't get a combine invite.