Tigers Try To Impress at Auburn Pro Day

Former Auburn football players worked out Tuesday, hoping to grab attention of NFL scouts who were on the AU campus for the annual pro day. This report features news, notes and quotes from the event.

Auburn, Ala.-- For some of the players who took part in Auburn's Pro Day on Tuesday, it might have been their last or only chance to impress pro scouts before the NFL Draft begins in late April.

One player trying to improve his stock was Barrett Trotter, who graduated last August and decided to forgo his senior season at Auburn after leading the Tigers to a win over Virginia in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on New Year's Eve.

At 6-0, 215 pounds, Trotter ran unofficial 40-yard dash times of 4.75 and 4.69, and jumped 34 inches in the vertical jump.

Barrett Trotter had a good day passing at Auburn's Pro Day.

But it was Trotter's crisp passing to former Tiger Eric Smith and North Alabama running back Wes Holland that had the former Auburn signal caller feeling good about his performance.

"I thought I did pretty well," Trotter said. "The main thing I was really hoping to do well in was the main thing that matters for a quarterback, and that's throwing it. I thought threw well. I think we only didn't complete one pass the whole time, jumped better than I have anywhere else, and I think I ran right about the same, so I'm consistent."

In all, 10 players were on hand at Auburn's indoor facility to try and impress scouts from the Minnesota Vikings, Jacksonville Jaguars, Indianapolis Colts, New England Patriots, Denver Broncos, Atlanta Falcons, Houston Texans, Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints, Miami Dolphins and the Super-Bowl winning N.Y. Giants.

In addition to Trotter, Brandon Mosley, Neiko Thorpe, Eltoro Freeman, Josh Harris, Jay Wisner and Chandler Brooks took part from Auburn's 2010 team. Former Tigers Smith and Wes Byrum also participated as well as Holland, the brother of current Auburn linebacker Jake Holland.

North Alabama's Wes Holland took part in Auburn's Pro Day.

Byrum, who has been training in Auburn as he finishes his last two classes, said he thought he did put on a good kicking performance for the scouts.

"It's good to come back and get some work in, kick in front of some people," Byrum said.

He will now head out to Las Vegas for a combine at the end of March to showcase his strong leg one more time.

"I'll know a little more after that because there will be a lot of special teams guys out there," said Byrum about his chances to hear from a NFL team.

Thorpe was another player looking to improve his draft stock and had perhaps the best performance of the day.

Neiko Thorpe ran an impressive 4.37 40 at Auburn's Pro Day.

The former Auburn defensive back, who measured in at 6-1 1/4 and 198 pounds, clocked unofficial 40 times of 4.38 and 4.37 and stayed after his Pro Day workout was finished to fill out a questionnaire and take written tests, a sign the pro scouts liked what they saw.

One of the most promising NFL prospects at the pro day was Mosley, who measured in at 6-5 1/2 and 311 pounds. Mosley did not participate in drills because he was pleased with how he performed at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis in February.

"I just want to get the chance to play at the next level, just another day to play the game I love," he said.

Also on hand to try to turn the heads of scouts was Freeman, who has been training with Velocity Sports Performance in Charlotte, N.C., in preparation for Pro Day.

Eltoro Freeman also took part in cornerback drills at Auburn's Pro Day.

The former Auburn linebacker flexed his muscles for NFL scouts by completing 28 repetitions at 225 pounds in the bench press.

"I think it went well," said Freeman of his performance. "I tested well. I'm living my dream, so that's awesome."

Quindarius Carr, who was supposed to participate in the Pro Day, was a no-show.

Unofficial 40s:

Freeman: 4.50, 4.59
Harris: 4.75, 4.84
Smith: 4.79, 4.91
Thorpe: 4.38, 4.37
Trotter: 4.75, 4.69
Wisner: 4.63, 4.59

Vertical Jump:

Thorpe: 38 inches
Freeman: 36 1/2
Wisner: 36
Trotter: 34
Harris: 31
Holland: 29 1/2
Smith: 26

Bench Press Reps:

Freeman: 28
Harris: 16
Smith: 13
Wisner: 11
Thorpe: 4

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