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Big day for UH grid alums

April 2, 2009, 8:32 AM HST
* Updated April 2, 10:01 AM
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Typically, these types of events are conducted on a university’s campus.  But in order to attract the maximum number of pro scouts, former UH players will be showing their stuff today at the Home Depot Center in the Los Angeles area.

Leading the way are defensive end David Veikune and safety Ryan Mouton, with defensive lineman Josh Leonard and linebacker Solomon Elimimian also in attendance.

Veikune is the ex-UH player most likely to be selected during the upcoming NFL draft, scheduled for April 25-26.

The 6-2, 260-pounder showed well during the Senior Bowl drills.  He also put up some impressive numbers at the NFL combine, bench-pressing 225 pounds 35 times, fourth-best among all the participants.  His 40-yard time ranked ninth among defensive linemen.

Last week, the Dolphins conducted a private workout for Veikune and three USC linebackers who are all projected as first-round picks — Brian Cushing, Clay Matthews and Rey Maualuga.  Earlier this week, Veikune had a private workout with Denver’s linebacker coach.

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With some many NFL teams employing a 3-4 scheme, Veikune’s future is likely to be as an outside linebacker.

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Mouton showed well at the East-West Shrine game and the combine.  He had a 39.5 vertical jump and, despite slowing down near the end of the 40 with a strained hamstring, was clocked in 4.48 — the fourth-fastest among defensive backs.

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