For college football players, the culmination of their hard work and aspirations comes down to the NFL Scouting Combine hosted in Indianapolis (Ind.) and the subsequent "pro day" their school hosts for NFL scouts. It's really just a job interview when you get right down to it.
Imagine having a professional interview in your own home, wearing Under Armour and shorts and being asked to run around your living room as fast as you can. Like any business, NFL teams make sure they are doing everything they can to know what kind of investment they'll be making. The only measurables they can go by are workouts and positional drills.
Noel Devine had the most fanfare coming into the day, feeling like he had a lot to prove after not running at the combine. The Mountaineers' 3rd all-time leading rusher was timed between 4.33 and 4.49 seconds in the fastest of his two 40-yard dash attempts. Eddie Davis was the surprise of the day, also running between the 4.35 and 4.5 mark. Brandon Hogan, Jock Sanders and Robert Sands did not participate in the event.
Other events of the day included the 3-cone drill and the 20 & 60-yard shuttle runs, as well as positional drills for linebackers/defensive backs and running backs/receivers.
Robert Sands and Eddie Davis looked good in the positional drills and to no one's surprise, Devine and Sanders shined as they were tested in their rushing and pass catching abilities.
Some of the more quiet performers that did well were Chris Neild and J.T. Thomas. Both displayed good athleticism in the 3-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle. Neild was limited in his participation later as he was not tested in any position-specific drills.
Other former WVU players auditioning included: Pat Lazear, Will Johnson, Scooter Berry, Anthony Leonard, Larry Ford and Sidney Glover. Johnson did well, turning in a 4.5 second 40-yard dash time and getting some attention for his change of direction and quickness.
With official events out of the way, the players intend on working out independently and hope to conduct individual interviews with NFL team representatives in the days leading up to the draft.