Players have one more chance to show off in front of scouts ahead of the draft.
With the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine in the bag, hundreds of draft prospects will now set their sights on preparing for their schools’ pro day workouts. Over the next several weeks, scouts and coaches from across the NFL will travel from college to college, to evaluate not only those who participated in the combine but also those who are draft eligible and never received an invite to Indianapolis.
While most pro days are covered by the media, the combine was the public’s only opportunity to see the prospects out of Michigan. In Jim Harbaugh fashion, the Wolverines are hosting a closed door pro day and won’t allow any cameras or media coverage of the event.
These workouts are often the last chance many of these players will get to show off in front of scouts before the draft. Aside from chatting with their college coaches and gaining a deeper understanding of the player’s personality and work ethic, scouts also get a chance to watch players run the 40-yard dash, hit the bench press, and participate in position drills.
Pro days give relatively unknown players a chance to shine in front of NFL scouts and executives. For the high-profile players, however, pro days offer a second chance for guys to improve on their times — or to sit on what they already did.
Meanwhile, former Western Michigan receiver Corey Davis, a potential first-rounder, will not run the 40 at his pro day because he’s currently recovering from an injury. Davis and his agent are planning a private workout around April, should he recover in time.
In the next month, more than 200 schools will hold pro days. Here’s the schedule, with times updated as they become available, via NFL.com:
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