TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Lamarcus Brutus has hardly slowed down since finishing his college football career.
Shortly after Florida State’s season ended in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Brutus headed to the Authentic Performance Center in Denver, Colo., where he’s spent the last several weeks training for the NFL scouting combine.
After more than a month of training twice a day, six days a week, the former Florida State safety is about to put his work to the test. He arrived at the combine in Indianapolis on Thursday and will run his drills on Monday.
Brutus is one of six former Seminoles at this year’s combine. Defensive back Jalen Ramsey, kicker Roberto Aguayo, linebacker Terrance Smith and defensive linemen Nile Lawrence-Stample and Giorgio Newberry are the others.
“It’s always been a dream,” Brutus said. “You watch the NFL combine every year and you see the guys that you know. To think that I’m going to be one of those guys and have my family and friends watching, my teammates from back at Florida State watching, then performing with some of the best athletes around the country, I mean, it’s a dream come true.”
Brutus and Newberry trained together at the Authentic Performance Center, which counts NFL stars Joe Thomas and C.J. Anderson among its former clients.
A typical day started at 9 a.m. and began with combine-specific training: preparing for the 40-yard dash, cone drills, broad jump and other workouts.
After a break for lunch, the players would return for a second workout that focused on strength training and position-specific workouts.
Along the way, the players also received advice from former NFL safety Terry Brown, who helped the Minnesota Vikings to an appearance in Super Bowl IX.
“These (trainers) I have up here, they’re very good and they’re very knowledgeable on what to do,” Brutus said. “It just helps me become a better athlete, focusing on little stuff. Stuff you have to prepare for.
“It’s just hard work. I’m used to putting in hard work, so that’s never been a question.”
Brutus got acquainted with some pro scouts at last month’s Tropic Bowl all-star game, so he’s at least got some idea of what to expect in Indianapolis.
In addition to all of the physical drills, players also interview with coaches and front-office staff and take the infamous Wonderlic intelligence test.
Brutus said he doesn’t have many exact goals for this week. Instead, he just wants to perform as well as he can and hope that it suits a need for one of the NFL’s 32 teams.
“Some coaches might look for certain characteristics in other players, but whichever team will give you an opportunity, I hope I fit their standards and characteristics,” he said.
“There’s nothing specific that I’m looking for. It’s just whatever it takes for me to make it.”
Viewers Guide: Noles In The NFL Combine
After a 12-man showing last season, six Seminoles from the 2015 team will travel to Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine to be assessed by pro coaches and scouts.
Live coverage can be found throughout the week on NFL Network and NFL.com. Here are the Noles set to perform in the 2016 Combine.
Friday, 2 p.m.
Roberto Aguayo Group 1 PK 01 (6-0, 207; 31 3/4” arms; 9 7/8” hands)
Giorgio Newberry DL39 (6-6, 295)
Nile Lawrence-Stample DL32 (6-1, 326)
Terrance Smith Group 9 LB35 (6-3, 234)
Monday, 9 a.m.
Lamarcus Brutus, Group 10, DB07 (6-0, 207)
Jalen Ramsey, Group 11, DB43 (6-1, 202)
Viewer’s Guide compiled by Billy Clark