It was Pro Day today at Syracuse for 15 former Orange football players.
These players put their skills, strength and speed on display for general managers, coaches and scouts from the National Football League.
There were 29 NFL organizations present at Manley Field House, including representatives from the Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals and New York Jets.
Each of the former student-athletes put their skill set on display in various individual drills and position workouts, such as speed and weight lifting.
Pro Day was held exclusively for the participating individuals and NFL representatives. The media was not allowed inside the arena to watch the workouts, only for interviews outside after the session.
Among the 15 former Syracuse players working out was quarterback Ryan Nassib and some of his receiving core, Alec Lemon and Marcus Sales.
Nassib was able to display more of his passing skills for NFL scouts after his great performance at the NFL Combine. The receivers and Nassib had a 75 play script, which consisted of a variety of passes ranging from the short out route to a 60-yard deep ball. Nassib accurately completed 69 of the 75 passes during the workout session.
â??This is something I've been working for my whole life,â?? said Nassib. â??I'm a little bit surprised with all the hype and stuff like that, but we've got some good football players out here and having the opportunity to showcase our stuff is pretty cool.â??
Marcus Sales needed to impress the scouts today because he was not invited to last monthâ??s combine like fellow receiver Alec Lemon.
Sales did a complete individual workout today, including a 40-yard dash and bench pressing 225-lbs. While no official time of his 40-yard dash was given, Sales told us that he ran around a 4.5 and that he benched the 225 lbs. 11 times.
After dropping his first pass of the day, Sales shrugged off the nerves and started doing what he does best: catching the football.
An opportunity to play in the NFL is a football playerâ??s dream, and all of these former Syracuse players are hoping that the Pro Day helped raise their draft stock so they can hear their name called during Aprilâ??s NFL Draft.