With the 2014 NFL Combine over and still more than two months to go until the 2014 NFL Draft the attention has officially turned to Pro Days. Every spring college football programs around the country hold Pro Days, think of them as mini-combines, where a school invites in scouts to take a look at their players.
Drills are pretty standard. There's the 40-yard-dash, shuttle drills, bench, vertical and broad jumps (measurable drills) as well as skill drills specific to each position. It's all rather straightforward. Just like the big event in Indianapolis except without all the fanfare, glitz and the nation's top prospects.
Pro Day's are a fantastic chance for players who went to the Combine to either make up for poor performance or validate a strong performance. But they're even more important for the legion of MAC players who don't get to go to the Combine. For every Khalil Mack there's a handful of Roosevelt Nix's. MAC players with fantastic careers and the drive to make it to the NFL either as a low-level draft pick or an un-drafted free agent.
The more intimate nature of these pro days also allows for the scouts to get a closer look and more one-on-one time with the prospects. Pro Days typically occur in the weeks following the Combine, with some starting within a matter of days from the final day in Indy.
This year all 13 MAC schools are hosting Pro Days, with Buffalo kicking things off today (sorry for us getting this up late). Two schools haven't announced when their Pro Days are this year, but here is a schedule of the 2014 MAC Pro Days. We'll do our best to keep you updated on how each of them went.