The next and final step pre-draft for NFL hopefuls is Pro Day. Pro Day is a chance for many of the NFL Combine participants to improve on their times and test results at their respective schools (Kind of like being on Home turf). A good day at these events can result in an increased draft position or if a player isn't going to be drafted, he can be considered for Free Agency.
Pro Days are hosted at any college site where there are players who are looking to showcase their talents for NFL scouts, but were not invited to the Combine in Indy or who weren’t originally on the radar as a prospect. The only difference there won’t be every NFL team represented there, but depending on how good the players are at the school determines the number of scouts that will travel to be there for this day. NFL scouts will put the athletes through the same test as any other combine. After the players perform in each of the physical test (Bench Press, 40 yard dash, Short Shuttle, Verticle Jump, Broad Jump, etc.) then the scouts will put each player in a number of drills to show their agility and quickness, and then most importantly, position specific ability.
There are clear benefits for athletes to participate in a Pro Day. One reason being, that it offers guys a chance to perform in setting that is familiar to them. For instance, Quarterbacks can perform throwing drills for scouts with former teammates. This way the same Wide Receivers they are used to practicing and playing with for years and have a football relationship with, are now the same guys they will perform with for the NFL Scouts (many times one can make the other look better). You may be thinking “How is that so?” Well, this is it…
The Quarterback and Wide Receiver relationship can be misunderstood, or an even better word could be underestimated, by the eye of the spectator. The “relationship” between QB and WR actually is a very subtle, but integral thing that makes for harmonious plays on the football field. The just spectator sees the finished product.
A “positional relationship” can be defined as, but not limited to, one player naturally knowing when and where another player’s actions will be leave them in a certain area. The best example I can think of is Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts offense. That is a prime example of QB, OLinemen, Runningbacks, and Wide Receivers all having a good "relationship." Buuut, since I couldn’t find the wizard at work (Manning), I searched a play that shows a good example of why a good relationship between two positions such as QB and WR is needed. This play only works if the WR and QB are on the same page. In the clip below, the QB does a play-action pass (faking the run) and without looking, he already knows where his WR is supposed to be, how deep down the field, and how fast he's getting down the field. This takes practice, practice, practice...but something that NFL scouts want to see a QB do at a ProDay!
I could write a book about this, but I wanted to give you a better understanding of football relationships and one of the many benefits of a Pro Day workout for NFL hopefuls. Feel free to email me with any more questions… CoachAbefootball@gmail.com …The “Movement” is underway!
Pro Days in our area: TEMPLE- MARCH 18th & U. of PENN- MARCH 31st
Here is a schedule of all other college Pro Days