The 2012 NFL Draft is just weeks away, and six University of South Dakota senior football players got their chance to boost their stock and impress the scouts as USD hosted an NFL Scout Pro Day inside the DakotaDome on Thursday afternoon.
Seniors Jeremy Blount, Tom Compton, Dante Warren, Marquis Butler, R.J. Polley and Dion Price, all participated in Thursday’s event and partook in various drills in front of anywhere from eight to ten NFL teams.
Compton is no stranger to NFL Scouts, in February Compton traveled in Indianapolis to join over 300 other college football players in the NFL Combine.
Compton said the chance to emphasize his abilities on the field is one he could not pass up.
“It’s just another opportunity for a team to see you,” Compton said. “These teams come in and check you out, and I had done most of the stuff at the combine already, but it was nice to have the chance to show my athletic ability and my ability to perform well in the drills once again.”
Amongst the drills the six Coyotes took part in were the bench press, vertical, broad jump, 40-yard dash, pro agility, L-drill, 60-yard shuttle and at their respective position drills.
Blount, who recently worked out with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers from the Canadian Football League, said he was generally happy with his performance at Thursday’s Pro Day.
“I felt like my routes were crisp and my catching was tight,” Blount said. “I felt like everything went well, the training I did and then the drill, I think everything went well.”