By many accounts San Jose State's Pro Day held on March 20th was as successful for the school as it was for many of the players involved. Seven Spartan Seniors reportedly participated along with 20-25 players from schools such as Cal Poly and UC Davis. The Bleacher Report's Andrew Garda stated,
"It was an incredibly smooth running day, as well as an early one. Just a handful of years ago, San Jose State was fighting to keep the football program alive, and now it's cranking out pro level players".
Coaches John Fox of the Carolina Panthers and the New York Jets new head man Rex Ryan, along with personnel and scouts from 20-25 teams including the New York Giants, St. Louis Rams, Panthers, New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins, and Green Bay Packers were in attendance, stated Garda.
San Jose State has held a Pro Day each year Coach Dick Tomey has been at SJSU with some good results. Personally, I don't remember SJS conducting Pro Days prior to Coach Tomey's arrival and if they were held, they were not heavily attended or publicized.
Getting back to the performances, by all accounts, the focus was on Jarron Gilbert, Coye Francies, Chris Owens from SJS and Cal-Poly's wide out Ramses Barden.
According to Tony Pauline of SI.com, Gilbert, the 6-foot-5, 284-pounder registered posted 40-yard-dash times of 4.76-seconds while running into a slight breeze. He also posted a 37-inch vertical leap and a 10-foot, 7-inch broad jump. Aaron Wilson from Pro Football Talk.com had the same numbers registered for Gilbert as well as stating that Gilbert came in four pounds lighter then his NFL combine weight.
Christopher Owens also had a good day as he was clocked running a pair of 4.40's in the 40 and showing good coverage Skills.
Coye Francies, was clocked between a 4.59 and a 4.65 but showed good ball tracking skis as did Owens. TFY Draft reported that Francies was suffering from and ankle injury hampering his 40 times as well as his overall workout. Hopefully Coye can heal quickly and get a chance to work out privately for a few teams to show what he can really do.
Another beneficiary of the SJS Pro Day was Jeff Schweiger. Andrew Garda from The Bleacher Report stated,
"Schweiger was a transfer from USC and had an OK, though not spectacular, season in 2008. He had a very good workout today, including a 4.71/4.74 40 times, with a quick 4.56 short shuttle which looked pretty solid. Add to it a 35-1/2 vert and a 10-foot broad jump and he's an intriguing guy who isn't on many radars.
I'm not saying he's a first round pick. I'm saying he may have gotten himself enough notice to have a good shot at being a rookie street free agent, if not a late second day pick. It only takes one team to fall in love to make that happen. He's already worked out for the Atlanta Falcons".
Two other kids, Cal-Poly wide out Ramses Barden and Montana State Running Back Demetrius Williams benefitted by staying longer to work out after the San Jose State portion of the work out as reported by Garda. David White of SFGate.com said,
"Spartans defensive end Jarron Gilbert and Cal Poly wide receiver Ramses Barden were the main attractions and Barden, a 6-foot-6 receiver, is described as a player with more get-open speed than straight-line speed. Barden is second- or third-round material who can add size and athleticism to the roster".
All in all, it sounds like a very good day at the practice field With Jarron, Chris, and Jeff helping themselves and Coye getting an incomplete. Hopefully Coye as well as the others will get a few more chances to impress to individual teams prior to the NFL Draft on April 25-26.
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