Missouri State Welcomes NFL Hopefuls and Scouts to Friday's Pro Day
SPRINGFIELD -- Missouri State will entertain several prospective NFL hopefuls and a number of professional team scouts this Friday (March 18) at Plaster Sports Complex in the Bears' second annual "Pro Day" event.
The event will feature physical and intellectual testing as well as on-field performance and strength evaluations for the prospective pro players. The festivities begin at 9 a.m. at Forsythe Athletics Center and will move to the stadium around 10 a.m.
According to Missouri State assistant coach Sean Coughlin, who is coordinating MSU's Pro Day, there has been positive feedback from throughout the NFL community with the list of teams attending Friday's event growing rapidly. Coughlin expects at least 12 teams to send representatives.
Consensus All-American David Arkin headlines the group of Bears' seniors scheduled to partake in the event. Teammates Jake Duron, Kolby Hurt, Cody Kirby, Justin Fuselier, Terian Washington and Antoine Wilkinson, who was a Third Team All-American, will also work out for the scouts.
Missouri State's Pro Day is the latest in a whirlwind offseason for Arkin, a standout offensive tackle for the Bears. The four-year starter competed in the East-West Shrine Game and the Texas vs. the Nation All-Star Game before putting on an impressive display at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, where Sports Illustrated named him one of the "top risers" among offensive lineman. CBS Sports has him ranked as the No. 10 offensive guard, and The Sports Network designated him as one of the top Football Championship Subdivision prospects.
According to NFL.com, the college pro days take place in between the NFL Combine and the draft (April 28-30). These workouts are not as all-encompassing as the combine, but they are important enough for the key decision-makers in the league to travel around the country for more than a month to see the talent up close and personal.
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