Such was the story at Louisville on Monday morning, when personnel from 29 NFL franchises and a large contingent of national media packed the Trager Indoor Practice Facility to watch Teddy Bridgewater throw and get another close look at Calvin Pryor, Marcus Smith, Damian Copeland and Preston Brown. As Teddy's performance was closely scrutinized, notes were also quietly being jotted down on a handful of others.
Running back Senorise Perry had a many of the scouts scribbling in their notebooks more than once. The Summerville, Ga., native was impressive in the weight room, doing 18 reps at the 225-pound bench. His vertical was taped at 37 inches and clocked in with a 4.40 40-yard run.
"I think I performed well," he said. "There's some things I could have done a lot better, but I enjoyed myself. I had a good time."
With NFL general managers and head coaches among those attending, Perry admits to feeling some anxiety as Pro Day neared.
"I was more anxious than nervous because I was just ready to get out here and get it done," he explained. "Come out here, compete and show them what I can do."
He credited Bridgewater, Pryor and others for making Louisville's Pro Day one of the most attended workout, describing the atmosphere as similar to the NFL combine.
"It's a great opportunity," he said. "It's just like we are at the combine basically. We go out there and compete in front of [29 teams], some GM's and some coaches as well. It felt really good out there today."
As a senior, Perry successfully overcame a torn ACL suffered the year prior and became the team's second leading rusher with 677 yards. He started 6 games and his 6 touchdowns was third on the team, trailing only DeVante Parker and Dominique Brown. As a junior, he led the team with 11 touchdowns. He was also a solid contributor on U of L's special teams unit.
Perry has received "pretty good" feedback from some scouts and will be visiting with teams during the weeks leading up to the May 8-10 NFL Draft.
"I sell myself that I go out there and compete not only on offense, but also on special teams," Perry explained. "I can be a very productive player in the kicking game.
I can get my foot in the door with any thing. I'm a very good third down back as well."
He finished his U of L career with over 1,400 yards and 18 touchdowns.