As the schedule of NFL Pro Days come to a conclusion in early April, there has been much discussion about the value of NFL Pro Days in relation to the value of the NFL Combine. From our experience, the NFL Combine serves NFL teams best from a medical and interview standpoint. Combine invitees spend a good two days going through extensive medical testing. These invitees are also typically tied up in team interviews that start in the late afternoon and last sometimes until midnight. The player then wakes up at 5 am and does it all over again. Not many small school school players are represented at the NFL Combine so NFL Pro Days become an important showcase.
Small school players and large conference players that didn't get much playing time can really shine at Pro Day with strong results in field drills. At Pro Day, NFL teams can get up close and personal to prospects while a the Combine most teams sit in the stands at Lucas Oil Stadium. A strong showing at a school Pro Day will force teams to watch film on a particular prospect that may have been overlooked during the season.
A classic case is Emmanuel Egbuehi from Georgia State University. Emmanuel participated in Pro Day with 11 NFL teams in attendance. He measured in at 6'1'' and 245 lbs. More importantly, Emmanuel ran a 4.68 forty yard dash and benched 225lbs 31 times. Emmanuel quickly proved to be a strong and fast TE/FB prospect that will force teams to watch more game film in April leading up to the NFL Draft. In fact, Emmanuel did not have an agent until an NFL team known for excellent scouting and draft decisions called BA to suggest recruiting Emmanuel. Emmanuel is now a BA client, and his buzz is getting louder and louder as we head towards the draft.