DeCicco On A Mission

Former Pitt safety wasn't invited to Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine. He was able to make up for that opportunity by working out for NFL personnel at the Pitt Pro Day this week. With the most to gain of anyone working out there, DeCicco opened some eyes with the numbers he put up.

Dom DeCicco had one objective when he worked out at Pitt's Pro Day earlier this week.

"Just that I'm more athletic than people give me credit for a lot of times," DeCicco said. "I think I surprised some people with the way I tested today."

DeCicco measured in at 6-2 ¾, 231. He tested with a 37-inch vertical leap, a 10-7 broad jump, a 4.1 in the short shuttle and a 6.6 in the L shuttle. His 40 time was in the 4.6—close to the range he wanted, which was a low 4.6, or even in the 4.5 range. Of all things, he was hoping for a bit of a faster shuttle time.

"That was the one thing I thought I could have done better with," DeCicco said. "No one really ran the shuttle good. I was right at a 4.0 all the time, in the practices. You get one shot at it, I didn't get a good one. That's how it goes. You just try to make the best of it."

He was pleased with how he did in both the defensive back and linebacker drills. He is very open to making a move to linebacker, and also made it clear to those in attendance that he'd be willing to play special teams.

"I'll put on weight if you want me to be a linebacker, I'll lose weight if you want me to play safety," DeCicco said. "Of course, I'm more than open to all special teams. I know that can be a big part of me making it or not. I just want to show my athleticism to show that I can compete on special teams, possibly on defense."

DeCicco is scheduled to visit a few NFL teams. Though he is not allowed to comment on which teams have invited him, he did meet with some observers from the Pittsburgh Steelers. Since he's a local prospect, he does not count against the limit of prospects that NFL teams are allowed to meet with. Sources have told Panther Digest that the Chicago Bears and Seattle Seahawks are two of the teams interested in bringing DeCicco in for a visit.

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