NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The month of March means two things in the NFL – free agency and college pro days. Every NFL prospect around the nation has one more chance to impress pro scouts on the football field leading up to the NFL Draft.
Conditions will be perfect. Players are in the comfort of their own facility, surrounded by the teammates they spent their college careers with. Everything is set up in order to give players their best chance to perform well.
Prospects who worked out at the combine will not go through the measurable drills again, but will still take part in the positional portion. All prospects who weren't invited to the combine will go through the entire process, including the 40-yard dash and other drills.
Not only do pro days give prospects the opportunity to show well in front of NFL teams, but it is also important for players who couldn't workout at the combine due to injury. That was the case for Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger, whose pro day was highly anticipated coming off of his ACL tear.
Missouri pass rusher Shane Ray, for example, is a player that will have plenty of fanfare at his pro day. Ray is considered a top 10 pick in 2015, but wasn't able to workout at the combine due to a foot injury. Teams will want to see that Ray is healthy and as good as advertised after Vic Beasley, Randy Gregory and Dante Fowler all boosted their stock at the combine.
Following the pro days, teams will begin their pre-draft meetings to finalize their draft board. At that time, scouts will give a final evaluation of the players in their areas.
"This is when they put a bow on their reports and tie it up," Titans Director of College Scouting Blake Beddingfield said in January. "This is an important time to get the last bit of background information that you can get and really feel comfortable about these players when you write your final report before our pre-draft meetings."
Teams will also be allowed to fly in 30 players for final in-person interviews at team facilities in the final stages before the draft.
Titans brass continues the evaluation process at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. (Photos: Gary Glenn, AP)
Full Pro Day Schedule via NFL.com**
Minnesota, Tennessee-Chattanooga, Troy, Virginia Wake Forest
Auburn, Duquesne, James Madison, New Mexico State, Northwestern, Pittsburgh, Sam Houston State, Tuskegee
Arkansas, Mississippi State, Purdue, Texas A&M, Weber State
Arkansas (Monticello), Clemson, Illinois, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, Utah State
Appalachian State, Arizona State, Newberry, Northern Illinois, Southern Mississippi
Ball State, Grand Valley State, Montana, Northern Arizona
Akron, Alabama-Birmingham, Arizona, Army, Harvard, Kansas State, Kent State, Monmouth, Samford, Tennessee State, UCLA
Alabama, Central Arkansas, Cincinnati, Colorado State, Eastern Washington, Emporia State, Louisville, Marshall, Oklahoma, Rice, Rutgers, South Florida, USC, Wisconsin
Buffalo, Delaware, Fresno State, Idaho, Kentucky, Miami (Ohio), Michigan, Oklahoma State, Oregon, UNLV, Washington State, Wyoming
Georgia State, Georgia Tech, Ohio State, Oregon State, West Virginia
Prairie View A&M
Bowling Green, Idaho State, Montana State, Toledo
California, Eastern Michigan, Richmond, Southern Illinois
Baylor, Boise State, Boston College, Charleston Southern, Georgia, Louisiana-Monroe, Memphis, Michigan State, San Jose State, Virginia Tech, Western Kentucky
Hawaii, Louisiana Tech, Maine, Missouri, Penn State, San Diego State, Stanford, Temple, Western Michigan, William and Mary
Central Michigan, Harding, Valdosta State
Georgia Southern, Iowa, North Carolina State, Texas State, Texas-San Antonio
East Carolina, Iowa State, North Carolina, Northern Iowa, Northwestern State, Ohio, Texas
Central Florida, Duke, Illinois State, Kansas, Louisiana-Lafayette, Nevada, SMU, South Dakota State, Southeastern Louisiana, Tennessee
Fordham, Hobart, Houston, Middle Tennessee State, North Dakota State, North Texas, Tulane, Utah
Brigham Young, Louisiana State, Missouri Western State, Texas Christian, Webber International
Indiana (RB Tevin Coleman will have his own pro day April 15), Massachusetts, South Alabama
Connecticut, Florida State, Notre Dame, Stephen F. Austin, Yale
Florida International, Miami (Fla.), South Carolina
Florida Atlantic, Maryland, Washington