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    Phillip Lindsay runs the 40-yard dash on Wednesday at Colorado pro day. Go to for more photos

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    Isaiah Oliver does the vertical jump on Wednesday during Colorado pro day.

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    Afolabi Laguda is measure by NFL scouts on Wednesday during Colorado pro day.



Scouts from 29 NFL teams were at Colorado’s annual pro day on Wednesday, and Phillip Lindsay met with many of them.

“They were impressed,” he said. “They didn’t think I was as fast as I was.”

Just about everybody was impressed, as Lindsay put on a show after being snubbed at the NFL’s annual scouting combine in Indianapolis.

The former Buffaloes running back ran the 40-yard dash in a blazing 4.39 seconds, did 14 reps on the bench press and looked smooth and fast as he ran through cone drills and passing routes.

Lindsay was one of 16 former Buffs working out for scouts at the annual pro day. Several scouts expressed disappointment that Lindsay wasn’t in Indy earlier this month, and he used that fuel to have a great day Wednesday.

“It fueled me a lot,” he said. “It pissed me off.

“Obviously they didn’t want me in Indianapolis. Scouts still came to see me.”

Still fighting the perception that at 5-foot-7 he’s too small to play in the NFL, Lindsay is doing his best to prove that’s not going to hold him back.

“That’s something I can’t control,” he said. “If I was supposed to be 200 pounds, I’d be 200 pounds. It comes down to heart, it comes down to being a dog, it comes down to loving the game and making plays.”

Lindsay made a lot of plays at CU, where he finished No. 2 on the school’s all-time list for rushing yards (3,707), No. 1 in all-purpose yards (5,760) and became the first CU player to rush for 1,000-plus yards in back to back seasons.

At pro day, Lindsay was out to prove he can make plays at the next level, too.

“I definitely feel like I got to show I can be a slot receiver, that I can catch punts,” he said.”I’ve already done kick returns and … I played running back. That’s what I’ve done my whole life.”

At the combine, only one running back was faster than Lindsay’s 4.39, as North Carolina State’s Nyheim Hines ran a 4.38.

Lindsay credits his time to his offseason training with Loren Landow, who was recently hired as the new strength and conditioning coach for the Denver Broncos.

“Coach Landow has high expectations for us,” Lindsay said. “I knew all along I was going to run a low time. Some people thought I wasn’t fast.”

Among those who now know Lindsay is, indeed, fast are the leaders of the Broncos: general manager John Elway, head coach Vance Joseph, director of player personnel Matt Russell and senior advisor Gary Kubiak. All were in attendance at pro day.

“John Elway is the man in Colorado, in general,” Lindsay said. “It was great for him to see and hopefully I made him proud. Vance Joseph who played here, and Matt Russell, hopefully they’re proud of me because I’m from here; I’m from their stomping grounds.”

For Lindsay, though, Wednesday wasn’t just about impressing the Broncos. It was about showing all the scouts that he’s a player they need to pay attention to as they prepare for this draft this spring.

“I’ve always had a chip on my shoulder,” he said. “That’s how I got through. My biggest accomplishment was when I was scout team player of the year. That’s having a chip on your shoulder. I have a chip on my shoulder everywhere I go.

“(Pro day) was about coming out here and impressing them. They didn’t get to see me in Indianapolis, so I needed to make sure they see me now. What better way to do it than in my home state.”

In addition to Lindsay, scouts got another chance to look at cornerback Isaiah Oliver, who was at the NFL combine. Oliver competed at the combine on Monday and made the quick turnaround to pro day.

“The combine I felt like went pretty well,” he said. “I felt like I did some good things out there, especially on the field and in interviews. I felt like today went well, too.

“I just wanted to show them I’m able to move. There’s a few things I wasn’t able to do at the combine, the shuttle and the 5-10-5 (drill) and those are big for me being a bigger guy.”

Oliver is projected as a potential first round pick and has met with many teams, including the Broncos.

“I feel like I’m the best corner in this draft, with my measurable and athleticism,” Oliver said. “Obviously it’s not up to me … but that’s what I hope for.”

Other former Buffs who worked out Wednesday included: receivers Bryce Bobo, Shay Fields and Devin Ross; offensive linemen Jeromy Irwin and Gerrad Kough; running backs Michael Adkins and Tanner Grzesiek; defensive linemen Tim Coleman and Leo Jackson; linebacker Derek McCartney; tight end George Frazier; safeties Afolabi Laguda and Ryan Moeller; and kicker Diego Gonzalez.

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