With the eyes of 24 NFL organizations on Rutgers football Friday morning, the program showcased its best departing prospects for “pro day.”
Pro day, which became an annual event at Rutgers under Greg Schiano, took place for the second time in coach Chris Ash's tenure. For Ash, it was his first opportunity as a head coach to market players he coached to the NFL.
“These guys were everything,” Ash said during the Rutgers broadcast. “They really helped lay the foundation for the program that we want moving forward. They helped establish standards of work ethic and behavior and a commitment level that we want from players in the program. These guys welcomed us with open arms and they've been great ambassadors to what we do and what we're trying to do here. I can't thank them enough.”
Strength and conditioning coach Kenny Parker ran the show.
“That test is important, all of these numbers and what they're doing is very important but at the end of the day, they have to go play ball,” Parker said. “You can test great, but when they put on the [film] and it's bad football, guess what? You can be the best thing since sliced bread but if you look awful on that tape, that doesn't help anybody. We do stress the numbers, don't get me wrong, because at the end of the day, they came to be football players.”
Wide receivers Carlton Agudosi and Andre Patton made cases in front of scouts with team-best numbers according to Rutgers. The long Agudosi achieved the best vertical jump of the day (40.5). Patton ran the fastest 40-yard dash with a 4.40 hand time.
Offensive lineman Chris Muller showcased his strength and transformed body with a team-high 34 reps on the 225-pound bench press.
Rutgers begins spring break today. The players return March 20 and begin spring practice March 23.