SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s annual Pro Day proved to be a “Bro Day” with siblings Cody and Jackson Barton among the NFL hopefuls Thursday.
It was the first time the brothers had been together in a while. Since the season ended, Cody has been working out in Florida and Jackson was in Arizona. They saw each other at the East-West Shrine Game in January and then again for about five minutes at the NFL Scouting Combine earlier this month.
“I talk to him almost every single night, checking on my brother — seeing how he’s doing, making sure he’s working hard,” said Cody, a linebacker who led the Utes with 116 tackles last season.
The Barton brothers have gone through a lot together from Brighton High School to the Utes and now in preparation for the NFL. Jackson, a 6-foot-7, 308-pound first-team all-conference offensive lineman, is older than Cody but their collegiate careers matched up because of a redshirt year.
“It’s pretty surreal being with my brother,” Cody said. “I love it and I know that’s an experience that hardly anyone can say they’ve ever done and so I’m grateful.”
Cody opted to let his combine numbers stand, choosing just to do linebacker drills for the scouts up on the hill. He felt great about how things went.
It’s pretty surreal being with my brother. I love it and I know that’s an experience that hardly anyone can say they’ve ever done and so I’m grateful. – Cody Barton
“It was a lot of fun,” said Cody, who acknowledged receiving positive feedback from the scouts.
Jackson also liked how things went. He felt his hard work really paid off. Now it’s about staying in shape and getting ready for next month’s NFL Draft.
“I’m happy with everything right now,” Jackson said. “The best thing I liked was just being with my teammates, just seeing them all for one last workout with each other as Utah Utes. So it’s been fun.”
Jackson noted that it was really unique to watch his brother do linebacker drills, calling it a really cool experience.
The Bartons were joined at Pro Day by several former Utes — safety Marquise Blair, center Lo Falemaka, wide receiver Jameson Field, kicker Matt Gay, linebacker Chase Hansen, offensive lineman Alani Havili-Katoa and punter Mitch Wishnowsky. Other participants included 2017 wide receiver Darren Carrington II and Idaho linebacker Kaden Elliss, a Judge Memorial graduate and the son of ex-Utah star Luther Elliss.
Representatives from all 32 NFL teams were in attendance. Results were not immediately available.
All-pro safety Eric Weddle of the Los Angeles Rams was also on hand. The former Ute spoke at a banquet Wednesday and addressed the seniors prior to Thursday’s gathering.
“It’s an opportunity. It’s an opportunity to show yourself, let your personality shine and who knows what’s going to happen, right?” Weddle said. “Some guys may have a chance in the NFL, some guys may not. It’s the next step and basically what I was just trying to explain to them is whatever you decide to do, to go be great at it.
“Whatever you want to do in life, try to be the best at it. There’s no reason not to,” he added. “Be the best dad, be the best husband. If you’re going to be a schoolteacher, go out and be great at it and be the best ever. So it was great. It was great to see them."