MSU Hopefuls Prepare for Football Pro Day
March 5, 2013
SPRINGFIELD -- A select handful of former Missouri State University football players will have the opportunity to impress National Football League scouts and team personnel on Friday, March 8 when they participate in a series of speed, agility and strength tests at MSU's annual "Pro Day" at Plaster Field.
The NFL Pro Day series puts NFL staffs on the road throughout the month of March to scout talent up close and personal on college campuses. The evaluative events give NFL Combine participants an opportunity to improve their times and marks, while providing a venue for under-the-radar players to demonstrate their skills and make a name for themselves prior to the April 25-27 Draft and subsequent free agent signings.
MSU assistant coach Sean Coughlin, who coordinates the Springfield event each year, noted that 3-4 additional players from surrounding universities are also expected to test their efforts against the pro stop watches and measuring tapes. After private testing and weight-room skill portions of the evaluations, the Pro Day festivities will move outdoors to Plaster Field at approximately 9:30 a.m., for various on-field metrics.
The Bears held their inaugural Pro Day in 2010 when All-America tight end Clay Harbor improved on his NFL Combine time in the 40-yard dash and parlayed his on-campus performance into a fourth-round pick by the Philadelphia Eagles. In 2011, offensive lineman David Arkin upped his stock at Pro Day and jumped to a fourth-round selection by the Dallas Cowboys on draft day. Four other former Bears -- Kolby Hurt (Saints), Jake Duron (Jets), Jermaine Saffold (Browns) and Chris Douglas (Bills) -- all turned enough heads at Plaster Field over the last two years to garner NFL free agent contracts with their respective clubs.
The outdoor portion of the Pro Day testing at Plaster Field is open to the public.