Pro Day Set For Wednesday

Roughly 20 former Nittany Lions will be working out for NFL scouts on campus this week. Get a feel for what they will go through.

They've spent years working toward this moment.

Wednesday at the Penn State football complex on campus, roughly 20 former Nittany Lions will have their best -- and in some cases, only -- opportunity to impress pro scouts in person.

For some, like probable high NFL Draft picks Navorro Bowman, Sean Lee and Jared Odrick, the testing at Lasch Building and Holuba Hall will provide a chance to build on their already strong resumes.

For others, including well-known names like Daryll Clark, Dennis Landolt and Andrew Quarless, the focus is on improving their draft stock.

And for others, like former PSU reserves Patrick Mauti and Shelton McCullough, this figures to be the one shot to turn a head or two and perhaps earn a free-agent invite to an NFL camp.

Most NFL personnel people will arrive in town Tuesday evening because they are allowed into Lasch Building to study film and talk with the PSU strength and speed coaches first thing Wednesday morning.

From there, a tight schedule is kept for the rest of the day. Note that the players (and their agents) decide which tests and drills in which to participate and which to skip. The following, compiled from player reports from past Pro Days, is what is available to them:

• Starting at about 8:30 a.m. in Lasch, the players take the Wonderlic Test, the 12-minute, 50-question exam that is used to gauge intelligence and problem-solving skills. Players who took the test at the NFL Combine and did well will probably pass on this. Everyone else is likely to take it.

• After the Wonderlic, players have about 45 minutes to take whatever other classroom-style tests individual teams might want them to take and do interviews with individual teams. While many of these meetings will be wrapped up by 9:30 a.m., players can schedule meeting times later in the day, between their other workouts.

• At about 9:30 a.m. in Lasch, players are weighed and measured. They go from station to station (height, weight, hand size), where the figures are shouted out so the NFL personnel people can all scribble down the numbers. Everyone typically does this.

• After that, the players do the 225-pound bench press in the Lasch weight room. The players go one at a time and their rep total is shouted out after they finish. Most players will do this.

• Around 10:30 a.m., the players head over to Holuba Hall to warm up for drills. After warm-ups are complete, they are broken into six groups: snapper/punter, offensive line, defensive line, quarterback/tight end/receiver, linebacker/defensive back, kicker.

• Going one group at a time, the players are given the opportunity to do the following: two 40-yard dashes, two 20-yard shuttles, two 3-cone drills, one 60-yard shuttle, two broad jumps and two vertical jumps. These are the same tests that are done at the NFL Combine. Players who did not attend the Combine will likely do all of these drills. The running drills are electronically times, but scouts do their own hand times, as well.

• After players have completed their drills, they have the opportunity to do individual position workouts for teams. Clark, for example, will have the chance to throw for the scouts.

All testing sessions are closed to the media and agents.

As of Monday afternoon, these were the players who were slated to participate in the event that we'd been able to identify.

Jeremy Boone, P

Navorro Bowman(C), LB

Dontey Brown, LB*

Darryl Clark(C), QB

Darien Hardy, DB*

Jerome Hayes, LB

Josh Hull(C), LB

Kevin Kelly, K*

Dennis Landolt, LB

Sean Lee(C), LB

Patrick Mauti, WR

Nerraw McCormack, OL

Shelton McCullough, DB

Jared Odrick(C), DL

Andrew Pitz, LS

Ako Poti, OL

Andrew Quarless(C), TE

Mickey Shuler, TE

Knowledge Timmons, DB

A.J. Wallace, DB

(C) Indicates players who participated in the NFL Combine.
* Brown began his career at PSU before transferring to California (Pa.). Hardy was a senior at PSU in 2007 and Kelly was a senior in 2008.

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