March 12, 2014
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FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Ten former Rams worked out in front of 35 NFL scouts representing all 32 teams, including former CSU football player and undergraduate student-assistant Joey Porter who is now with the Pittsburgh Steelers, at Colorado State’s annual Pro Day on Wednesday.
Draft-eligible players who participated were LB Shaquil Barrett, who was named Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year in 2013, DB Shaq Bell, RB Kapri Bibbs, the conference’s rushing leader last season, TE Joe Brown, TE Crockett Gillmore, LS Tanner Hedstrom, RB Chris Nwoke, OL Weston Richburg, DE Lanston Tanyi and DL Calvin Tonga.
Tanyi completed his eligibility in 2012, while Bibbs declared for the NFL after his redshirt-sophomore season. The eight others played as seniors in 2013.
Players began the day in the weight room where their height, weight, wingspan, vertical jump, standing board jump and bench press were recorded. The NFL scouts then evaluated the athletes in the Indoor Practice Facility, where they ran the 40-yard dash, pro shuttle, three-cone drill and other position-specific workouts.
“Today was a good day,” Barrett said. “The on-field drills went pretty well, pretty smooth. Some of them I thought I could have done a little bit better, but I think I’m being a little tough on myself because I’ve talked with some coaches who said I had a strong showing.”
Richburg, who is ranked as the No. 2 center in the upcoming NFL Draft, weighed in and was measured, but did not participate in strength and agility drills after recording solid numbers in February’s NFL Scouting Combine. Richburg did do individual blocking drills at the end of CSU’s Pro Day.
“Today I really wanted to show my size,” Richburg said. “I wanted to be plus 300; I was 304 today, which is good. We did a lot of pulling. I wanted to show that I’m not just a guy who sits and brawls guys, but that I want to be a guy who can get out and pull and move well. I think I did that. I’m really happy with how I moved and how it felt.”
The NFL Draft will be held May 8-10 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The CSU athletes looking to continue their careers know the work is not done. Richburg will return to Arizona to continue his work with LeCharles Bentley, while a majority of the other NFL prospects will work out with head football strength & conditioning coach Mike Kent.
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