For the big name players at the big name schools, Pro Days are over. They showed off their measurables at the combine, then again at their Pro Days with scouts from all the teams in attendance. For other players, players just hoping to become a late round draft pick or an undrafted free agent, local Pro Days are their chance to grab the attention of local teams.
If they went to high school or college in the New Jersey area they can come and workout at the local Pro Day for the Eagles, Giants or Jets. This of course means mostly Rutgers and Monmouth players and while these two schools don’t have a history of a lot of players going early in the draft they do turn out a good amount of late round draft picks and undrafted free agents.
The Jets will host their local Pro Day at their facilities in Florham Park tomorrow and some of the players that will be in attendance have been training at the TEST Football Academy in Martinsville, New Jersey. Players have had success training with TEST in the past as they have an impressive list of famous alumni such as; Joe Flacco, Patrick Peterson, Arthur Moats, Stevan Ridley, Jamaal Westerman, Vlad Ducasse and Damon Harrison among others.
These players have been working on their 40-time, three-cone drill, shuttle drill, lifting 225 lbs., doing all the drills necessary to show teams that their athletic ability measures up against the big names enough that they deserve a chance to make an NFL roster.
Former Rutgers players; Sebastian Joseph (defensive line), Robert Martin (running back), Dorian Miller (guard), Kyle Bolin (quarterback), Josh Hicks (running back) will join tight end Connor Davis from Stony Brook, wide receiver Ben Guarino from Kean and Monmouth kicker Matt White as players that have been training at the TEST Football Academy in Martinsville and will get a chance to tryout for the Jets tomorrow.
With the Jets having traded their two second-round draft picks to trade up in the draft to take their quarterback, the need to hit on the late round picks becomes even more important than normal. Teams often look for players they have a familiarity with for their late-round picks/undrafted free agent tryouts and these players hope to do enough to convince the Jets to take a chance on them.