The jumps, the runs, the sprints and the agility drills are all in the books at NDSU’s Pro Day from this morning. The talker was linebacker Nick DeLuca and if he could run under 4.8 seconds in the 40-yard dash. It’s almost like this NFL evaluation process all comes down to the stop watch — well it kind of does — but you would hope other factors play into it, like the ability to actually play the game. The good news is DeLuca said he was told he beat his 40 time at the NFL Combine. He has one more private workout scheduled, but for the most part it’s the waiting game now until the NFL Draft April 26-28.
Following DeLuca to Fargo were a couple folks from his Rep 1 sports agency, including Ryan Lindley, who trained Carson Wentz prior to the 2016 NFL Draft. Lindley, a quarterback trainer by trade, was front and center during Wentz’s Pro Day workout at the Fargodome. On Thursday, he was more in the background in a trip that includes watching another client, tight end Dallas Goedert, at the South Dakota State Pro Day on Friday.
But perhaps the biggest news of all was the number of NFL teams on hand: 21. That’s a record, beating the former high of 16 when Wentz was on display. It should be noted a snowstorm before the Wentz Pro Day prevented some teams from getting in, but still … 21 in a year when perhaps the only player being seriously considered for the draft is DeLuca is pretty impressive. It’s another sign that NDSU football is more FBS than FCS in the way things are run.
The NFL clubs there were here were the Browns, Vikings, Rams, Patriots, Broncos, Saints, Texans, Ravens, Chiefs, Dolphins, Seahawks, Raiders, 49ers, Bills, Jaguars, Lions, Jets, Chargers, Colts Panthers and Packers. I remember the days when about the only folks around were the Vikings because of proximity or those with people on staff with NDSU connections.