Pro Day Draws a Crowd

Event offers a chance for many Mountaineers to showcase their talents for pro scouts.

While most of the attention in the Mountaineer Nation is zeroed in on the men's basketball team, and rightfully so, a group of 22 former Mountaineers worked out for NFL scouts and coaches at the Caperton Indoor Practice Facility.

Under the watchful eyes of scouts from nearly every NFL team, guys like Adam Jones and Chris Henry did drills similar to what they did at the NFL combine last week in Indianapolis. Other players who weren't at the combine last week, like Lawrence Audena, Jason Hardee, and Miquelle Henderson, tried to catch the attention of some scouts to give themselves a shot in next month's draft.

A few other former Mountaineers who haven't played in a couple of years, like tight end Tory Johnson, and wide receiver Phil Braxton, also worked out for the scouts.

A few of the big names looking on included Steelers head coach Bill Cowher, Texans head coach Dom Capers, and Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin.

Of the group of 22 who worked out, Jones and Henry probably have the highest draft potential, along with running back Kay-Jay Harris. Jones ran a blazing 4.38 forty yard dash, and Henry turned some heads with his consecutive 4.4's. Quarterback Rasheed Marshall, who is vying for an NFL roster spot as a receiver, ran a 4.54, and wowed onlookers with his 41 inch vertical jump.

In addition to the forty yard dash and vertical jump, players worked out on the bench press, shuttle run, and base jump among other drills.

Pro day provides a great opportunity for teams to get a look at players that weren't at the combine, but might have a shot at playing in the league as a late-round selection or undrafted free agent signing. One such player who went the free agent route and found success was cornerback Lance Frazier, who ended last season starting on defense and returning punts for the Dallas Cowboys.

Frazier, Quincy Wilson, and Undra Johnson were among the former Mountaineers looking on and supporting players who were working out.

The NFL Draft will be held on April 23-24 in New York City.

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