Former Tech quarterback McQueary works out at UM Pro Day

Former Montana Tech quarterback Quinn McQueary drops back to pass during on-field drills at the University of Montana Pro Day on March 12, 2018.

The University of Montana held a Pro Day on Monday ahead of next month’s NFL Draft. Eight former Grizzlies worked out in front of scouts, as well as former Montana Tech quarterback Quinn McQueary.

McQueary measured in at 6-foot-2 and 201 pounds, and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.94 seconds.

But he really stood out in the jumps. McQueary’s vertical jump of 34.5 inches would have been the best among quarterbacks at this year’s NFL Combine, and his broad jump of 9 feet, 7 inches would have been tied for second-best at the Combine.

The Manhattan, Montana, native passed for 2887 yards in his senior season with the Orediggers, and threw 23 touchdowns in just nine games. McQueary also ran for 165 yards and eight more scores last fall.

He ranked fourth in the nation at the NAIA level in total offensive yards per game (339.1), and fifth in the country in passing yards per game (320.8).

McQueary was the only quarterback who worked out in Missoula, giving him a great opportunity to showcase his skills in front of a handful of NFL scouts. Teams represented at the Pro Day include the Cleveland Browns, the Detroit Lions, the Jacksonville Jaguars, the New York Jets, and the Seattle Seahawks.

"It's a crazy feeling leading up to this because as a young kid, you kind of always have these dreams of coming in,” McQueary said. “Eventually, this day shows up on you pretty quick. It was cool seeing these scouts, but you've got to come out and perform. Hopefully I did enough to impress someone.

“I kind of wish we had a couple other quarterbacks out here, because it's always kind of nice to have a little bit of competition, at least someone to compare to,” McQueary added. “But I got to get a lot of throws in, so it was nice."

McQueary was not the only former Montana Tech player at the University of Montana Pro Day. Two-time All-American running back Nolan Saraceni also worked out in Missoula.

Saraceni last played football for the Orediggers in 2016, and worked out at last year’s Montana State University Pro Day. He was measured at 5 feet, 9 inches and 199 pounds, and ran a 4.58 40-yard dash.

Saraceni’s time of 6.87 seconds in the three-cone drill would have ranked third among running backs at the NFL Combine. His 60-yard shuttle time of 11.34 seconds would have put him second among running backs at the Combine.

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