LINCOLN — Brandon Reilly put it on paper Tuesday.
Although testing results varied among timers and were not released as official, the former Nebraska receiver and agent Chris Ellison were hearing that Reilly’s 40-yard dash time was as low as the 4.42 or 4.43 range at Husker pro day.
“It’s big,” Reilly said. “People always say, ‘He might have deceptive speed,’ and stuff like that. Hopefully I proved I can throw that word out for a while.”
Reilly and Alonzo Moore both felt as if they ran and performed well Tuesday and hope it puts them with teammate Jordan Westerkamp as receivers with chances to be priority free-agent signees or late-round NFL draft prospects.
Along with their 40s, Reilly and Moore also wanted to be smooth and consistent with their route-running and catching as personnel from 23 NFL teams and one CFL squad watched inside Cook Pavilion.
“I met with a few teams yesterday and one this morning, and they said they like what they see on film and wanted to see me on pro day,” Reilly said. “So hopefully I caught a few eyes and I get a chance.”
Reilly wanted to hit the high 4.3s or low 4.4s with his 40. And no matter what stopwatches said Tuesday, he added: “I still feel confident I can run by anybody.”
Among receivers at the NFL combine, only eight were clocked below 4.44 and 14 at 4.45 or better. Those going better than 4.42 were John Ross of Washington (4.22), Curtis Samuel of Ohio State (4.31), Josh Malone of Tennessee (4.40) and KD Cannon of Baylor (4.41).
Moore believes he might have been in the 4.44 range and said one Oakland Raiders representative told him 4.46. Moore also believes he was sharp with his cone drills.
“I had a good day,” he said. “Better than what I would have thought — way better than what I would’ve thought.”
Reilly had been training in Lincoln and Moore at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, but shared similar mindsets since playing their final games at the Music City Bowl. Moore said he knew Reilly would blaze through his 40.
“When we were away from each other for two months, that’s all we were talking about: You know, let’s kill this pro day,” Moore said. “We came out and done that.”
Reilly finished his Husker career with 70 receptions, averaging 18.2 yards a catch. Although injuries messed with his senior season, the 6-foot-2, 202-pound former walk-on closed out with a pair of touchdown catches against Tennessee in the bowl game.
“I’ve always been pretty confident in myself,” he said, “but obviously I had a tough senior year, so obviously having that last game, bringing my confidence back up, it really propelled me into this training. And I think it paid off.”
Moore fell just short of joining Westerkamp and Reilly with 1,000 career receiving yards, finishing with 981 yards on 60 catches. His junior season included six TD receptions.
With everything that happened at pro day, Moore said Tuesday was about trusting his training from the last two months and his work with NU assistant Keith Williams over the last two seasons.
“You just got to come in and relax,” Moore said. “You just got to get the jitterbugs out of you, and just come out and be ready. If you’re nervous and tense up, then you ain’t going to get the results that you’ve been getting. So I was just relaxed out there and did what I normally do.”
Reilly, Moore and the other receivers, tight ends and backs caught passes from Chase Haslett, a graduate manager on the Husker staff and the son of NFL coaching veteran Jim Haslett. It was a late change of plans after finding out Tuesday morning that former NU quarterback Ryker Fyfe was still battling an illness and unable to throw.
Reilly said he has a workout set for Thursday with the Houston Texans and hopefully more teams in the future. He hadn’t yet thought about going through some drills again when Westerkamp tests for teams next month but said he wouldn’t turn down the opportunity.
“I’d run tomorrow if I had to,” he said. “Whatever they want to see, I’ll do.”