The Northwestern State Demons held their annual Pro Day April 8, with 17 players from the 2012 and 2013 senior class looking to impress various NFL scouts in order to improve their draft stock for the 2014 NFL Draft.
In all, scouts from 14 NFL teams---including the New Orleans Saints and the Dallas Cowboys---showed at Turpin Stadium and made the event a huge success.
Senior safety Bert White was regarded as one of NSU’s best prospects and has a good chance of landing on a team either as a draft selection or as an undrafted free agent immediately after.
“I felt pretty great about today,” White said. “I felt like I could have done a lot better, I’m satisfied with my results. I came out of it uninjured and I didn’t pull anything so I thank God for that.”
White led all Demons with a time of 4.69 in the 40-yard dash and particularly turned heads with an over-the-shoulder catch in one of the defensive back drills.
Another player that performed well in the Pro Day was defensive tackle Lesley Deamer, who drew rave reviews from a New England Patriots scout who ran the defensive lineman drills and other scouts alike.
“I think I did pretty well,” Deamer said. “All the scouts gave me positive feedback with a lot of handshakes and smiles.”
Deamer showed good strength as well by bench pressing 225 pounds 20 times, but also admitted that he was happy that process was over so he could get back to his individual position drills in preparation for the draft.
“The main thing now is football drills,” Deamer said. “There are not a lot of times that a lineman is going to run the 40-yard dash.”
Fellow lineman Keland Johnson also showcased his skills in the lineman drills and could be drafted as a linebacker depending on need and scheme of the team that picks him up.
The Demons’ best offensive prospect, wide receiver Louis Hollier, was a little disappointed with his 40-yard dash time (4.72), but recorded the highest vertical of all the players with 36 inches.
The players hope to realize their dreams being fulfilled when the NFL Draft takes place May 8-10 in New York City.