Smith liked his California experience

Former Wyoming quarterback Brett Smith didn’t have some of the experiences as a couple of his teammates, or others who are eligible for this year’s NFL Draft, which is Thursday through Saturday in New York City.

Smith didn’t play in any of the college all-star games. But that wasn’t his fault. Those games are for college seniors. Smith announced in December he would forego his senior season at UW to enter the draft.

Brett Smith

Brett Smith

Smith also wasn’t invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana, in February. That was more of a surprise to many, including Smith. Former UW receiver Robert Herron and defensive back Marqueton Huff were invited to the combine.

But Smith did work out with EXOS, formerly known as Athletes Performance, in Carlsbad, California over the winter. He worked with renowned trainer Brent Callaway and former NFL quarterback Jeff Garcia. Some of the other quarterbacks that trained with Smith were San Jose State’s David Fales, Central Florida’s Blake Bortles and Washington’s Keith Price.

“I got to see a lot of cool stuff, and I love California,” Smith said. “I grew up going to California every summer with my family, and I missed it a lot. I met a lot of new people and experienced a lot of cool things.”

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Prosinski drafted by Jaguars

Wyoming safety Chris Prosinski was drafted in the fourth round of the NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars Saturday.

He was the 121st overall pick.

Some quick notes:

–Prosinski is the first UW player to be drafted since safety John Wendling was taken in the sixth round by the Buffalo Bills in 2007.

–Ironically, Prosinski and Wendling are both Wyoming products; Prosinski from Buffalo and Wendling from Rock Springs.

–Prosinski is the highest draft pick from UW since offensive lineman Steve Scifres was taken in the third round by the Dallas Cowboys in 1997.

–The last three players drafted from UW were defensive backs: Prosinski, Wendling and Derrick Martin (Batlimore, 2006).

–Jacksonville has drafted two UW players in its history. The other was running back Ryan Christopherson in the fifth round in 1995.

–According to UW’s football media guide, Prosinski is the 83rd player ever taken in the NFL Draft.

–Current UW players in the NFL, not including Prosinski, are: WR Malcom Floyd (San Diego), DL Mitch Unrein (Denver), DL Corey Mace (Buffalo), OL Adam Goldberg (St. Louis) and Martin (Green Bay).