NFL Hopefuls Ready for Missouri State Pro Day Friday
March 13, 2012
SPRINGFIELD -- Several former Missouri State University football players will have the opportunity to impress National Football League scouts and team personnel on Friday (March 16) 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 26-28 Draft.
Tight end Clay Harbor was the star attraction at MSU's inaugural Pro Day in 2010 when he 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. Last year, offensive lineman David Arkin upped his stock at Pro Day and jumped to a fourth-round selection by the Dallas Cowboys on draft day. Players like Kolby Hurt and Jake Duron also took full advantage of the MSU pro day in 2011, turning enough heads at Plaster Field to garner free agent contracts with the Saints and Jets, respectively.
This year, the Bears hope star wide receiver Jermaine Saffold can also make a favorable impression on the NFL scouts in attendance. Saffold was a first-team All-Missouri Valley Conference wideout in 2011 after collecting 45 receptions for a school-record 913 yards and 8 touchdowns. He also shattered the Bears' career record with 2,221 yards on his 123 catches in three seasons and has break-away speed that could make him an attractive prize to NFL player development personnel.
Senior running backs Chris Douglas and Stephen Johnston highlight the remaining cast of about eight former Bears who are also expected to appear and test their efforts against the pro stop watches and measuring tapes. Three players from Evangel and Southwest Baptist also plan to attend the event, which will begin at approximately 9:30 a.m. at Plaster Field.