West regional scouts from a handful of teams tipped me off about two defensive ends from Wyoming a few months ago. Though neither John Fletcher nor Mitch Unrein were invited to the Combine, both could earn late round selections in next month's draft. They are among the few defensive linemen available in this draft with experience playing in the 3-4. Both, however, appear to have enough size and athleticism to potentially see action for 4-3 teams, as well.
According to sources, fourteen teams were on hand to see the two put forth their best efforts Thursday. The Colts seemed particularly interested in Fletcher and the Titans in Unrein.
Fletcher measured in at 6-5 1/4 and 270 pounds. Fletcher was faster than expected with a 4.87 40-yard dash (despite battling a hamstring pull) and a 4.5 short shuttle. He had a 33" vertical, a 9'10" broad jump and a posted 21 reps of 225 pounds.
Unrein measured in at 6-3 3/4 and 276 pounds. He was impressive in positional drills and clocked in with a 4.84 second 40-yard dash, 4.6 short shuttle, and 7.3 long shuttle. He posted 26 repetitions of 225 pounds and measured in at 31" in the vertical and 8'10" in the broad jump.
The numbers aren't eye-popping enough to warrant a late round selections on their own. However, considering the relentless and versatile play in which both Fletcher and Unrein play, the numbers are good enough to convince teams there is some athletic upside worthy of a late round selection.