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Eyes on the NFL: FSU Pro-Day Preview

March 17, 2014

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Representatives from all 32 NFL teams are expected to attend Tuesday’s Florida State Pro Day inside the ‘Noles’ Albert J. Dunlap Practice Facility.

Annually, FSU’s Pro Day brings out the who’s who of NFL personnel and gives Seminoles the perfect opportunity to showcase their skills for pro football’s decision makers. The day kicks off at 9:15 a.m. with participating players being measured and, after vertical jumps, broad jumps, 40-yard dashes, agility tests, position tests and bench presses, concludes at 2 p.m.

Nineteen scholarship players from FSU’s 2013 national championship squad and six players from other recent Seminoles teams are slated to participate.

For the nine ‘Noles invited to last month’s NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Ind., deciding which drills — if any — to take part in is part of the pre-draft process. Whether or not to participate in a certain task depends on if that player thinks he can improve on his performance or if he is satisfied with what he showed scouts, general mangers and coaches at Lucas Oil Stadium.

After Terrence Brooks and Telvin Smith turned heads with blazing 40-yard dash times, will they choose to stand on those numbers or do they feel confident they can improve on them? 

Brooks, Smith, Kelvin Benjamin, Devonta Freeman, Christian Jones, Lamarcus Joyner, Bryan Stork and James Wilder, Jr. each have to make their own decisions about the drills they take part in. To see how each did at the combine, click here.

While those nine have the benefit of using their NFL Combine numbers should they choose to do so, those ’Noles that weren’t invited to Indianapolis may be best suited to do each and every drill. 

Headlined by wide receiver Kenny Shaw, that group includes players like Chad Abram, Demote McAllister, Jacobbi McDaniel and Dan Hicks. McDaniel has said he’d be willing to participate in fullback drills if it will better his NFL Draft chances. How they perform at Pro Day could go a long way toward determining if any from this particular group gets drafted or gets an NFL shot as undrafted free agent.

As for former players, NFL Draft stock isn’t at stake but a potential pro contract could be on the line Tuesday. 

Mister Alexander went undrafted several years ago but still found a roster spot with the Houston Texans. After playing in 12 games over the course of the 2011 and 2012 seasons, Alexander was not on an NFL team last year but could attract some interest with a strong performance — much like Alex Barron did last year when he turned his Pro Day workout into a contract with the Oakland Raiders.

Greg Reid, who has been rehabilitating a knee injury over the past year, may draw some attention as well. Willie Haulstead, Moses McCray, Debrale Smiley and Beau Reliford will also compete.

Stay tuned to for complete coverage Tuesday and make sure to follow @FSU_Football on Twitter for live updates.



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