So much speculation is put toward the NFL Combine in February, that people often forget about each school’s Pro Day. Performing well at both events will show scouts that you can be an asset to some team in the league. For others, a Pro Day can be used as a day of redemption — maybe they didn’t have positive results at the Combine.
The University of Oregon will be holding its Pro Day this Thursday, March 12 at the Moshofsky Center.
For some of the Ducks headed to the draft, Pro Day will be huge. Arik Armstead has the size to play in the NFL, but his combine numbers (5.1 second 40-yard dash and 24 reps on the bench press) were weak for a guy of his talent level. Look for Armstead to put up better numbers, as speed off the line and brute strength are important traits for a defensive end. Also look for Jake Fisher to put up good numbers, as his 25 reps on the bench press at the combine is low for an offensive lineman looking to be taken in the first round.
Also expected to compete at Oregon’s Pro Day are the other Ducks that competed at the Combine: Tony Washington JR, Hroniss Grasu, Troy Hill, and of course, Marcus Mariota. Not competing is Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, as he is still rehabbing the torn ACL he suffered in preparation for the Rose Bowl Game.
With intensions on taking their talents to the NFL, but no indication on whether they will compete at Oregon’s Pro Day, are safety Erick Dargan, cornerback Dior Mathis, linebacker Derrick Malone JR, and offensive lineman Hamani Stevens.
It’s no secret: Mariota is a sure early first-round pick in this year’s draft barring any unfortunate circumstances from here on out. For all the other Ducks, Pro Day and the weeks leading up to the draft are of much importance. Stay tuned to FishDuck.com for all updates.
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