The next step for Hayden Bauserman is more a waiting game than anything else.
Bauserman, the former Central High School and Shenandoah University star quarterback who passed for over 12,000 yards and 132 touchdowns during a four-year career in Division III football, took part in a pair of pro days at the University of Richmond and the University of Virginia on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively.
He now awaits word that the impression he made on NFL scouts this week was enough to earn him the chance to compete for a spot on a professional roster. Bauserman said Friday morning he was encouraged by his performance at both pro days.
“It went really well. I think it went better than I probably expected it to,” the Woodstock native said. “I tested at Richmond and it wasn’t the best conditions, it was like 32 degrees and windy early in the morning, but I tested better than I expected and I did some pretty good numbers and threw the ball pretty well. Obviously, the wind wasn’t ideal for that, but I think the scouts knew that as well. (Thursday) went down to U.Va. and they have a beautiful indoor facility and got to throw in that. I think I probably threw the best that I’ve probably ever thrown, which was perfect timing with 32 NFL teams there (Thursday). I think everything worked out pretty well and went pretty smoothly.”
Bauserman, who graduated from Shenandoah in December as the Hornets’ runaway record-holder in every major passing category, spent six weeks between January and February training at Grossetti Performance in New Castle, Pennsylvania.
He put that training to the official test on Tuesday at Richmond, and to great results. Bauserman said he posted personal bests in the broad jump (8 feet, 8 inches), the 20-yard shuttle (4.66 seconds) and the three-cone/L-drill (7.50 seconds). By comparison, Bauserman said his 20-yard shuttle time when he arrived at Grossetti Performance in January was 5.05.
“I had a lot of personal bests in terms of my testing and improved a lot since I went to Grossetti and since I left Grossetti,” Bauserman said, “so I was really happy to just go out and do my best and have a lot of personal bests in those tests.”
From a passing standpoint, Bauserman said he followed his own throwing script at Richmond that featured a variety of three-, five- and seven-step drops and focused more on the timing-type throws that prevail in the NFL rather than the types of throws he made at SU, which are already on his film for scouts to study.
At Virginia on Thursday, Bauserman said a scout from the Denver Broncos ran the quarterbacks through all of their throwing drills.
“It was similar to Richmond – some timing throws, some throws where the receivers were reading coverages and doing different things. Just a mixture of kind of underneath throws and intermediate throws and deep throws,” Bauserman said. “It wasn’t anything that was unexpected. It was things that I was prepared for, and I think I performed pretty well.”
Bauserman felt similarly about his performance in the Wonderlic test, a 12-minute, 50-question test used to assess problem-solving ability.
“I took a practice Wonderlic at Grossetti. It’s different questions, obviously, because it’s not the official one the NFL gives, but it was a 12-minute test and I got a 33, which is like the same range as like Tom Brady and a couple other guys,” Bauserman said, referring to the New England Patriots’ quarterback. “We’ll see how I did on this official one, but I feel like I did pretty well.”
Of the scouts Bauserman encountered over the course of the last week, he said the Washington Redskins were “probably the ones that showed the most interest.” Washington was the first NFL team to send a scout to observe Bauserman on Shenandoah’s campus last season when scout Harrison Ritcher attended a preseason practice in August to meet Bauserman and watch the QB throw.
Bauserman added that he chatted “sparingly” with a scout from the New York Jets during Virginia’s pro day on Thursday, and on Friday morning a Redskins scout called to get his agent’s information. He’d also previously thrown in front of a Baltimore Ravens scout during the 2018 season and had sent film at the request of “eight or nine” NFL teams, Bauserman said last November.
Bauserman could still have other opportunities to throw in front of scouts during what he called “local days” organized by Washington and Baltimore. Those are similar to pro days, he said, but feature just the position work and don’t include testing.
“I kind of wait to see if I get invited to any of those, and then after that yeah, it’s kind of just a waiting game,” Bauserman said. “Just staying in shape and be in the best shape possible so if I do get an opportunity to go to a rookie minicamp or a training camp, I’m in the best shape I can be and can go out and perform the best I can and hopefully get an opportunity.”