Football players showcase skills for pro scouts

More than half the NFL teams and one CFL team were represented at Georgia State football’s Pro Day as 15 seniors worked out at the football practice fields Friday.

The athletes went through the paces, hoping to grab the attention of scouts who were looking to find new additions to bolster their rosters.

Players went through drills that included the vertical jump, broad jump, bench press, 40-yard dash, multiple measurements, three cone and a few positional drills.

Mother nature could not keep the former Panthers from showcasing their athletic skills to NFL scouts Friday despite a light drizzle, a chilling wind and ominous grey skies. However, some of the drills were held inside the practice facility.

Albert Wilson, former wide receiver considered one of Georgia State’s to prospects, had a vertical jump of 37.5 inches and broad jump of 10 feet, 3 inches. Wilson participated in positional drills but did not run the 40-yard dash.

Wilson ran an impressive 4.43 at the combine in Indianapolis last month. Though he did not run the 40-yard dash, Wilson wanted to remain consistent on what he accomplished at the combine.

“I feel like it was just to give the scouts a chance feel how consistent I was,” Wilson said. “My measurements were exactly the same. I felt like I was consistent, and I came out and ran routes.”

Ulrick John, former left tackle, also raised some eyebrows with 5.01 40-yard dash and a 30-inch vertical jump at 6-foot-six inches tall and 294 pounds. John also looked impressive in positional drills, showing agile footwork and solid change of direction skills.

Danny Williams, the second-leading receiver all-time at Georgia State with 121 receptions, 1,605 receiving yards and nine touchdowns, had a solid day as well as he looked to catch the eye of scouts.

Williams 39.5 vertical jump and a broad jump of 8 feet, 11 inches. Williams impressed in route running drills where he did not drop a pass.

“When we were throwing the ball, I caught every single ball,” Williams said. “I think I caught eight in a row—that’s my thing, I like to catch everything.”

Some of Williams’ results surprised even himself.

“I ran way faster than I thought I would,” Williams said.

A full list of the 15 Panthers who participated in pro day events included: running back Travis Evans, defensive lineman Theo Agnew, wide receiver Kelton Hill, offensive tackle Ulrick John, safety Arrington Jordan, offensive tackle Grant King, running back Parris Lee, corner back Demarius Matthews, corner back Brent McClendon, long snapper Scott McQueen, corner back Jamal Ransby, safety Rashad Stewart, wide receiver Danny Williams, wide receiver Albert Wilson and defensive tackle Terrence Woodard.

Next, many players will have individual workouts for teams, regional combines and meetings with teams. Then, it’s wait and see.

The wait is longer than usual this year. The NFL Draft has been moved back from its usual late April slot to May 8-10. Players may even have to wait after the draft for the phone to ring with an undrafted free agent contract that will allow an invite to camp.