Pro days start in earnest next week

NFL scouts and coaches will log plenty of air miles over the next six weeks with pro days scheduled around the country.

They say that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. When it comes to college football pro days, March is going to come in like a Gopher and go out like a Seminole and continue beyond that.

Beginning March 2 and running through April 9, there will be 27 days in which at least one school is conducting its pro day for general managers, coaches and scouts.

Here is the full listing of dates that colleges will be conducting on-campus pro days: NFL Combine Coverage
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March 2 – Minnesota, Tennessee-Chattanooga, Troy, Virginia, Wake Forest.

March 3 – Auburn, James Madison, New Mexico State, Northwestern, Pitt, Sam Houston State, Tuskegee.

March 4 – Arkansas, Mississippi State, Purdue, Texas A&M, Weber State.
March 5 – Arkansas-Monticello, Clemson, Illinois, Ole Miss, Nebraska, New Mexico, Utah State.

March 6 – Appalachian State, Arizona State, Newberry, Northern Illinois, Southern Mississippi.

March 9 – Ball State, Grand Valley State, Montana, Northern Arizona.

March 10 – Akron, Alabama-Birmingham, Arizona, Army, Harvard, Kansas State, Kent State, Monmouth, Samford, Tennessee State, UCLA.

March 11 – Alabama, Central Arkansas, Cincinnati, Colorado State, Eastern Washington, Emporia State, Louisville, Marshall, Oklahoma, Rutgers, South Florida, USC, Wisconsin.

March 12 – Buffalo, Delaware, Fresno State, Idaho, Kentucky, Miami (Ohio), Michigan Oklahoma State, Oregon, UNLV, Washington State, Wyoming.

March 13 – Georgia State, Georgia Tech, Ohio State, Oregon State, West Virginia.

March 14 – Prairie View A&M.

March 16 – Bowling Green, Idaho State, Montana State, Toledo.

March 17 – Cal, Eastern Michigan, Richmond, Southern Illinois.

March 18 – Baylor, Boise State, Boston College, Charleston Southern, Georgia, Louisiana-Monroe, Memphis, Michigan State, San Jose State, Virginia Tech, Western Kentucky.

March 19 – Hawaii, Maine, Missouri, Penn State, San Diego State, Stanford, Temple, Western Michigan, William and Mary.

March 20 – Central Michigan, Harding, Valdosta State.

March 23 – Georgia Southern, Iowa, North Carolina State, Texas State, Texas-San Antonio.

March 24 – East Carolina, Iowa State, North Carolina, Northern Iowa, Northwestern State, Ohio, Texas.

March 25 – Central Florida, Duke, Illinois State, Kansas, Louisiana-Lafayette, Nevada, SMU, South Dakota State, Southeastern Louisiana, Tennessee.

March 26 – Fordham, Hobart, Houston, Middle Tennessee State, North Dakota State, North Texas, Tulane, Utah.

March 27 – BYU, LSU, Missouri Western State, TCU, Webber International.

March 30 – Indiana, U-Mass, South Alabama.

March 31 – U-Conn, Florida State, Notre Dame, Stephen F. Austin, Yale.

April 1 – Florida International, Miami, South Carolina.

April 2 – Florida Atlantic, Maryland, Washington.

April 7 – Florida, Syracuse

April 9 – UTEP.

There are differing schools of thought as to whether it’s better to make an early impression like Minnesota, Auburn or Mississippi State or make a late impression like the Big 3 of Florida (Florida State, Miami and Florida) at the end of the pro days’ five-week run. But one thing seems pretty clear – teams are going to putting in a lot of air miles to get the eyeball on a ton of players who will be looking to solidify their spots or turn some heads to get positive buzz heading in their direction.

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