With stopwatches in hand, NFL scouts and team executives lined the field at USF Wednesday, looking to clock the next star.
Bulls running back Lindsay Lamar was the favorite to post elite speed, but illness prevented a top time. Lamar ran a slow 4.5 for his standard.
With a strong wind to his back, cornerback George Baker ran away with the best time, a 4.28 40, elevating his status and strengthening his chance to reach his NFL dream.
"That's what I hear, speed kills," said Baker, when told about his top time.
Coming off a broken ankle, Bulls quarterback B.J. Daniels needed to show no effects from his late season injury. He also wanted to show NFL teams versatility and openness to play another position at the next level.
"It truly is a blessing to have a team look at you for various things," said Daniels. "Just being thankful I was blessed with the ability to do other things. Quarterback is what I want to do. I'm just going to give them my all, my best, and see where the chips fall."
Top NFL prospects got their look at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis last month. NFL teams come to Pro Day to build depth, to find that diamond in the rough.
Former Bucs director of payer personnel Tim Ruskell, who helped build Tampa's Super Bowl team, knows there are players that get overlooked.
"Really, that's really what the Pro Days are all about," said Ruskell. "Because of all the guys that have worked out at the Combine. We had such a high percentage that worked out. You go now and see some people that could be late draft picks or that could be primo free agent -- priority free agents, as we call them."
Super agent Drew Rosenhaus represents cornerback Kayvon Webster, the Bulls' highest-ranking player. NFL scouts believe it will be day two of the draft before a player from USF hears their name called.
"Kayvon Webster is definitely moving up," said Rosenhaus. "We ran very well [at the Combine]. He ran a sub 4.4 40. He's got real good size. He's 200 lbs., nearly 6 feet. Up and coming player. Has a chance to be a high pick in the draft. Just continuing in the tradition of talented players from USF."
For at least one day, all of these Bulls got a taste of what it's like to be a pro.
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