Pressure packed for CMU's Pro Day
For some athletes, Pro Day is just another workout.
But for others, their future depends on it.
CMU held its Pro Day on Monday at the Indoor Athletic Complex, giving NFL scouts a chance to look at what the Chippewas had to offer.
All of the players were weighed, measured and tested in the vertical jump, broad jump, bench press and the 40-yard dash.
“It is a long process and this is kind of the last piece of the puzzle,” said former CMU linebacker Nick Bellore. “I think everyone did well today, which is all you can ask. It’s a good opportunity.”
Bellore is one of the few players from CMU who has a chance of being drafted in April’s NFL Draft.
Other notable players who worked out in front of scouts Monday included linebacker Matt Berning, defensive backs Vince Agnew and Bobby Seay, offensive linemen Colin Miller and Jeff Maddux, defensive tackle Sean Murnane and wide receiver Kito Poblah.
Bellore ran the 40 and also did the bench press, among other various workouts along side Berning.
He said he was happy with his agility and jump times and measurements that he posted at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis last month. He was the lone CMU player invited to the Combine this year.
“This is completely different than the combine. You are in a familiar territory and you are with all your buddies,” Bellore said. “Dan (LeFevour) really helped me with the combine, just telling me all the little details.”
Bellore was a little unhappy with his bench press (23 reps) on Pro Day, but was happy with his improvement in the 40. The times were not released by the NFL scouts, though it is believed he ran in the mid-4.7s.
After players ran the 40, they split up into individual workout groups. Maddux, Miller, and Murnane all worked with an Atlanta Falcons scout on linemen drills and agility tests.
Seay and Agnew worked on defensive back drills with a Houston Texans scout, showcasing their speed, flexibility, and ball skills. For players like Agnew, Pro Day is their one chance to show scouts they have what it takes to play at the next level.
“You train for three months for a two-hour workout, so it is mentally challenging,” Agnew said. “This is definitely a dream come true to have people believe in you as much as you believe in yourself.”
Agnew has trained in Atlanta the past few months at the Georgia Training Alliance and plans to go back shortly to continue his training. There, he has had the privilege of training with NFL players like Takeo Spikes and Ernie Sims, along with former CMU defensive back Josh Gordy, now a Green Bay Packer.
Bellore and Berning split off and worked on linebacker drills with a New York Jets scout. Bellore said he plans to workout at CMU in the near future, but said he will go to his home in Whitefish Bay, Wis., for the draft in late April.
Berning said he plans to workout with Bellore up until the draft.