Division II school Bloomsburg University held its Pro Day on Thursday with 15 participants from the school and other local universities.
In attendance were scouts and general managers from 14 NFL teams. Many were likely there to see Bloomsburg’s top prospect and likely sole draft pick in this year’s class, defensive end Larry Webster. Webster is projected to be a late-round selection by most draft sites out there. His Combine performance (4.58-second 40-yard dash, 36.5-inch vertical jump, 7.29 in the three-cone drill), which rivaled South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney, may have boosted him up some team’s draft boards.
But there were plenty of other talented football players seeking to garner some attention of their own from the NFL personnel in attendance. Here’s a rundown of some things that stood out…
- Bloomsburg’s star running back and Harlon Hill Trophy Winner Franklyn Quiteh did not work out due to a shoulder injury. He did appear to be in good spirits and spoke with scouts from the Buffalo Bills and Indianapolis Colts extensively while athletes were performing agility tests.
- Former CFL defensive back Bryan Williams took part in the day. He didn’t look great during positional drills but tested well overall (35-inch vert, 10-foot-7 broad jump and 40-yard dash times of 4.56 and 4.54).
- Webster, the son of former NFL player Larry Webster Jr., participated in defensive line, defensive skill and tight end drills. Webster looked big and athletic, and he played like it too, running routes and coverage patterns with general ease. Unlike many of the athletes in attendance, Webster caught every football thrown at him. Not too shabby for a defensive end prospect.
Webster noted as much during his post-game interview, stating that he felt he did well in all of his drills and that he believes his basketball background has helped him in his development as a football player. Though he said he was willing to do whatever was asked of him, Webster did admit that he preferred to play defensive end, where he starred for Bloomsburg.
- Potential late-round offensive line prospect Brian Clarke looked strong as expected. He put up 33 reps of 225 pounds on the bench and clocked well during the 40-yard dash. He scored unofficial times of 4.97 (wind aided) and 5.07 (running into the wind), respectively. During positional drills, Clarke showed good technique and quick feet. They had him snap the football a bit, but his shotgun work left something to be desired.
- The surprise of the day was tight end David Wright from Westminster College. Wright, 6-foot-5 and 255 pounds, tested spectacularly. He was tops with a 36-inch vert and came in second with 27 reps on the bench and an unofficial 4.58 (wind aided) in the 40-yard dash. His shuttle times were average, but his ability to keep his footing—unlike most of the participants—is at least noteworthy.
How he wound up as an unknown D-3 prospect was unfathomable among us reporters in attendance. However, Wright later revealed that he didn’t play football in high school and was actually not much of an athlete before enrolling at Westminster.When it came time to showcase some of his receiving talents, Wright ran crisp, succinct routes but struggled mightily to hold onto the football once it hit him in the hands.“I think I tested really well, even better than I expected,” he said. “But I could have cleaned up in the position drills and caught more balls.”
Wright’s disappointing receiving performance was a bit surprising, as the former Titan standout caught 20 passes for 289 yards and two touchdowns, earning an opportunity to play in the D3 Senior Classic this past winter.
He made up for his struggles with a strong performance in offensive line positionals, showing little trouble grasping and performing the drills doled out by a scout from the New York Jets.
The Solon, Ohio native looks the part of an NFL tight end. He’s a big, physical presence whose playing style and athleticism fit the league’s current mold. He garnered much intrigue from NFL scouts throughout the afternoon, including one team scout whom Wright said told him to come out to participate in the Bloomsburg Pro Day after seeing him at the Regional Combine in Indianapolis last month.
“I didn’t play high school football,” he said. “In high school, I was always content with being average at everything. I wanted something that would make me stick out. Football helped me find the confidence that I was seeking and come into the person that I am happy to be.”