Auburn, like many college football powers, designates a day for pro scouts to come to the AU campus and run a series of tests and drills to determine the skills and athletic ability of any senior on the Auburn team who wants to be considered for the NFL draft that will take place April 23-24.
For a player like Junior Rosegreen, who wasn't invited to the big combine, the pressure was on to perform on Monday with scouts from every NFL team closely scrutinizing what he was doing in every drill held at the AU football complex's outdoor fields.
It would have been understandable if Rosegreen showed some nerves because of the pressure involved, but the three-year starter at safety and cornerback didn't seem the least bit worried about carrying an extra burden.
"I feel real good about just coming out and doing what I am capable of doing," Rosegreen says. "I am just thankful the Lord gave me the strength to come out here and do well at what I do best, which is playing football."
Junior Rosegreen (left) and Carlos Rogers (right) prepare to do a drill that tests reaction time and cutting ability at pro day.
Of all of the seniors who tested at AU's pro day, Rosegreen had the best vertical leap as well as the best 40-yard dash. He did a 39-inch vertical jump was not far off the impressive 41-inch effort by teammate Carlos Rogers, who did his testing in Indianapolis.
"I think my 40 and my vertical jump were my two best things I did," Rosegreen says. "I did good on the shuttle and did some good things on the other drills, too."
There was a wide range of times from the NFL scouts on their watches when trying to get a read at how fast Rosegreen runs the 40-yard dash. Most had him running in the 4.5 range. However, several watches had him clocked at faster times.
Rosegreen is a player who NFL scouts said really helped himself with the pros by performing so well. He showed good lateral quickness, good strength and seemed to be having a lot of fun in dealing with a pressure-packed pro day.
"I talked to a lot of scouts and I am just happy that they can see what I am really made of outside my pads," Rosegreen says. "When I have my pads on, it is really easy, because I am doing what I love to do--hit people and play with a lot of enthusiasm."