CMU Football Hosts Annual Pro Day
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Player personnel representatives from 26 National Football League franchises descended upon Mount Pleasant and the Chippewas’ Indoor Athletic Center on Monday for Central Michigan football’s annual Pro Day.
Fifteen members of CMU’s 2012 team that won seven games and captured a Little Caesars Pizza Bowl championship worked out for coaches and scouts. Participating in the event were Jahleel Addae, Taylor Bradley, Eric Fisher, David Harman, Curtis Huge, Darren Keyton, Joe Kinville, Mark Lathers, Ryan Radcliff, Chris Reeves, Mike Repovz, Caesar Rodriguez, Lorenzo White, Cody Wilson, and Nate Wiliams. Rocky Weaver, who started 35 games on the CMU offensive line from 2008-11, also took part, working out as a tight end.
Players first went through a battery of tests including the bench press, vertical jump, broad jump, 40-yard dash, short shuttle, long shuttle and three-cone drill, which was followed by an hour-long session of position drills. Listed below are the unofficial results from CMU’s Pro Day testing. If a player’s numbers are not included in a specific drill’s listing, this signifies they did not take part.
CMU has become a regular destination for NFL player personnel in recent years. Seven Chippewas have been selected in the NFL Draft since 2005 and seven former CMU players are currently on NFL rosters, including All-Pro offensive tackle Joe Staley, who helped lead the San Francisco 49ers to Super Bowl XLVII. Staley was in attendance for Monday’s Pro Day activities.
Much of the attention of scouts in attendance was centered on Eric Fisher, who did not test but did take part in offensive lineman drills. A consensus first round pick among NFL Draft experts, Fisher’s standout showings at the Senior Bowl and NFL Scouting Combine have moved him into consideration as a solid top 10 selection. If projections, which have Fisher going as high as No. 1 overall, hold true, he will follow in the footsteps of a player who he is frequently compared to, Joe Staley, and become CMU’s second first round draft choice and potentially the highest player ever drafted from a MAC school.
The 2013 NFL Draft is scheduled for April 25-27 in New York City.
Pro Day officially kicks off the CMU spring football season. The Chippewas will take the practice field at 7 a.m. on Tuesday for the first of 15 spring practices. CMUChippewas.com will provide comprehensive coverage of the spring season, which will culminate with the annual Spring Game, set for a 1 p.m. start on Saturday, April 13.