Many scouts consider a schools Pro Day to be more important than the NFL scouting combine. Players get to show their skills on their home field and with their own coaches.
Typically a Pro Day is more important for fringe players who are trying to make an NFL roster. Players like Michael Brockers, Mo Claiborne, and Reuben Randle will bring in tons of scouts who will get to look at all of LSU’s players.
This is important to recruiting because the more players you place into the NFL, the more it helps entice players to come to your school.
LSU fans can see video and get up-to-date results for all 25 participants from the event atwww.LSUsports.net/proday. Three former Tigers – Jai Eugene, Ali Highsmith, and Derek Helton – will also participate on Thursday.
“We are doing something a little different this year in that we are hosting pro day and our clinic at the same time,” head coach Les Miles said. “We think it will be a lot of fun for the high school coaches to come in and see what our pro timing day is all about.
“I know the guys working out for the NFL coaches tomorrow have worked very hard to get to this point. It’s basically a job interview for them and I’m excited about watching them perform. Anytime you bring 100 or more NFL scouts and coaches to your campus for an event like this, it’s an opportunity to showcase our program and all of the great things that LSU has to offer.
LSU is expecting nearly 100 NFL scouts and coaches to be on hand for the four-hour workout.
The players will go through a series of testing with the scouts that includes the 40-yard dash, the 225-bench press, vertical leap, broad jump, shuttle run and the 3-cone drill. The players will also have their measurements in height, weight, hand span and wing span taken. Select players will have interviews with team representatives tomorrow as well.
The NFL Draft is scheduled for late April in New York City and the Tigers are expected to have as many as three players selected in the first round, including Claiborne, who is projected as a top five pick.