From March 7 to April 7, schools will put their best foot forward

The 2017 season will be ramping up quickly over the next few weeks. Not only do we have the Combine and free agency, but college pro days for the next month.

The annual NFL Scouting Combine is still underway, but representatives of the Minnesota Vikings and the other 31 teams are going to be keeping themselves more than a little bit busy.

With the Combine ending Monday and the open-window discussion period for Thursday’s official start to free agency beginning on Tuesday, the hustle and bustle around team facilities will be at a fever pitch and players come and go from the 32 franchises.

But, mixed in with the free-agent frenzy will be the annual pro day schedule. Here is the official list of all of the school pro days – universities great and small – which will start Tuesday and run for a full month until April 7.

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March 7 – Georgia State, Northern Colorado, Purdue.

March 8 – Alabama, Central Oklahoma, Colorado, Colorado State, Eastern Kentucky, Kentucky, Marshall, Oklahoma, Southern Nazarene, Temple.

March 9 – Delaware, Delaware State, Idaho, Jacksonville State, New Mexico, Oklahoma State, Penn, Samford, UTEP, Wyoming.

March 10 – Alabama State, Army, Auburn, New Mexico State, North Illinois, Southeastern Oklahoma State, Tulsa, Tuskegee.

March 11 – Washington.

March 13 – Albany (Ga.) State, Brown, Charleston Southern, Furman, Kansas, Laval (Quebec), Minnesota, North Alabama, Princeton, Tennessee Tech, Valdosta State, Wake Forest, Wofford.

March 14 – Boston College, Kansas State, Liberty, Nebraska, Newberry, Northwestern, Richmond, South Carolina, West Georgia, Youngstown State.

March 15 – Arkansas, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Buffalo, Cal-Davis, James Madison, Mercer, New Hampshire, UNC-Charlotte, Sacramento State, Tarleton State, Virginia Tech, Western Michigan, Wisconsin.

March 16 – Arizona State, Central Arkansas, Clemson, Illinois, Oregon, Quchita Baptist, Penn State, Pittsburg State, St. Francis (Pa.), Vanderbilt, Virginia, William &, Mary.

March 17 – Arkansas State, Bucknell, Georgia Tech, Kennesaw State, Middle Tennessee, Northern Arizona, Old Dominion, Oregon State, Tennessee State.

March 18 – Azusa Pacific, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Hawaii, Merrimack, North Carolina Central, North Carolina State, Syracuse, Toledo.

March 21 – Air Force, Grambling State, Louisiana-Monroe, Louisiana Tech, North Carolina, North Carolina A&T, South Florida, Troy, Tusculum, UCLA.

March 22 – Ashland, Central Florida, Cincinnati, U-Conn, Duke, Elizabeth City State, Fresno State, U-Mass, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Missouri State, Northwestern (La.) State, Pitt, USC, Weber State.

March 23 – Bethune-Cookman, East Carolina, Eastern Michigan, Eastern Washington, Florida Tech, Jackson State, Lamar, Missouri, Notre Dame, Ohio State, San Diego, San Diego State, Slippery Rock, Stanford, Tennessee-Martin, Utah.

March 24 – Akron, Arizona, BYU, Cal, Kent State, Memphis, Michigan, Missouri Western, Utah State.

March 27 – Appalachian State, Cal Poly, Houston, Monmouth, Morgan State, Rice, Villanova.

March 28 – Florida, Florida A&M, Florida State, Iowa State, Miami (Ohio), Stony Brook, Texas, Texas State, UNLV.

March 29 – Bowie State, Florida International, Fordham, Illinois State, Indiana State, Maryland, Miami (Fla.), Navy, North Dakota State, Ohio, SMU, South Dakota State, Southern Utah, Stephen F. Austin, Texas A&M.

March 30 – Ball State, Boise State, California (Pa.), Chattanooga, Citadel, Dartmouth, Florida Southern, Georgia Southern, Louisville, North Texas, Prairie View, Sam Houston State, Western Illinois, Yale.

March 31 – Indiana, Jacksonville, Tennessee, West Virginia, Western Kentucky.

April 3 – Ole Miss.

April 4 – South Alabama, Southern Mississippi.

April 5 – Baylor, Gardner-Webb, LSU, Southern.

April 6 – Louisiana-Lafeyette, Texas A&M-Commerce.

April 7 – Portland State, TCU, Tulane.

One of the keys for the different schools is to get pro day on a day where you’re the biggest show – more likely to get head coaches, GMs and top scouts to show up to showcase your own players. When there is competition among Power 5 schools, teams will have to make the choice of who the top decision-makers go and see.

Some schools got a break by being the only big show on a given day. Oklahoma State is virtually alone March 9. The same is true for Auburn (March 10), Washington (March 11), Houston (March 27), Louisville (March 30) and TCU (April 7).

Others will see competition to get scouts to their pro days. On March 8, Alabama and Oklahoma will each have their pro day. March 14 will have competition between Boston College, Kansas State, Nebraska and South Carolina. On March 15, Arkansas, Georgia, upstart Western Michigan and Wisconsin will all go head-to-head. March 16 will have Arizona State, Clemson, Illinois, Oregon, Penn State, Vanderbilt and Virginia all vying for the NFL draft brass. On March 21, North Carolina, South Florida and UCLA square off. On March 22, Central Florida, Duke, Michigan State, Mississippi State and USC will all be luring in scouts for their workouts. March 23 may be the biggest of them all, with Missouri, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Stanford and Utah all conducting pro days.

The pro days keep rolling along March 24 with Arizona, BYU, Cal and Michigan opening their doors to NFL draft moguls. March 28 with see Florida and Florida State competing again, along with Iowa State and Texas. March 31 will see Indiana, Tennessee and West Virginia vying to attract NFL scouts. April 5 will see Baylor going head to head with LSU.

The University of Minnesota will have its pro day on March 13, the same day as Kansas and Wake Forest, making the Gophers likely the blue chip program for NFL personnel types to attend.

For those who aren’t convinced the NFL isn’t a full-time business, March is a month of madness not just for college basketball, but for the resources and front office types of the NFL as they traverse the country to find the diamonds in the rough that could be the next generation of NFL stars.


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