The Final Step: Former Red Wolves work out for NFL scouts at ASU’s Pro Day
Published: Thursday, March 29, 2012
Updated: Thursday, March 29, 2012 17:03
With 29 days left until the NFL draft in New York City on April 26, 13 former ASU athletes and two players from Arkansas Tech and Harding University went in front of 14 NFL scouts at ASU Stadium.
The 13 players who took part in the days sessions of weight room and on the field testing included Demario Davis, Brandon Joiner, Dorvus Woods, Darryl Feemster, Dwayne Frampton, Darron Edwards, and Kelcie McCray.
Jermaine Robertson, Justin Robertson, Rod Hall, Jaquan Kilcrease and Trey Outlaw rounded out the ASU players in attendance.
After four years of hard work in the college ranks, the pro day was the last step for the former ASU football players toward the life long dream of playing at the highest level of the sport.
‘It’s been a blessing from God just to be able to come out here and show [the scouts] what you’ve been working on your whole entire career. It’s just a blessing to be able to execute,” Demario Davis said following the conclusion of the pro day.
Scouts in attendance at the pro day included representatives from the New York Giants, Baltimore Ravens, St. Louis Rams, Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints and the Buffalo Bills.
Davis said preparation for the event was different from normal season training.
“It’s a different type of training from January to this point because you’re training for the combine, you’re training for the pro day,” Davis. a linebacker from Brandon, Miss. said. “It’s not really football training, it’s more track training, skill specific training. After this is done, you can get back in football shape to get ready for training camp.”
Defensive back Kelcie McCray said his condition worked against him.
“I’ve got a lot of good feedback, the only bad thing was my conditioning. I really haven’t worked and conditioned since the last game we played. I worked a lot of drills and movement drills, but not really conditioning and that’s what they really look for out there.”
Running back Jermaine Robertson excelled in the weight room portion of the day, putting together 31 repetitions on the 225 pound bench press, a four rep increase over his previous high.
“One team picked me up and wanted to see what my power at the full back position might be, so I was happy about that,” Robertson said. “I got a lot of good jobs from them, so hopefully that presents an opportunity in the future.”
Robertson, a native of Tuscaloosa, Ala., said his faith is strong for his future in football.
While he hopes to be picked up by any team, his favorite growing up was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, thanks to former fullback Mike Alstott.
“I kind of like his style, me being a big back that sometimes gets the ball. He kind of, in my era, set the way and gave me a feeling that I can run the ball too.”
Davis finished his time at ASU by winning the Sun Belt championship and getting a late spot on the North team in the Senior Bowl which was held on January 28.
“I got the call late, my agent pulled some strings, they got a good reputation so they were able to get me and a few other guys into the game,” Davis said. “I just wanted to get down there and show that I belonged there.”
Davis recorded four tackles in the game, one solo and three assisted.
The game was played in Mobile, Ala. just 20 days after the Red Wolves were defeated in the GoDaddy.com Bowl.
“It brought back a lot of memories. It hadn’t been much time since I had been there, all of the hotel people still remembered my face,” Davis recalled.
One memorable image from the game was of Davis attempting a tackle on South team and Arkansas Razorback representative Joe Adams.
“Yeah, Arkansas versus Arkansas State, they need to get that game together,” Davis remarked.
Another step on the road to the NFL was at the Combine held in Indianapolis from February 22 through the 28th.
Davis and defensive back Kelcie McCray both represented ASU.
“It was a lot of fun going up against the nations best and kind of knowing what they’re about and what they’ve been doing, training for your career,” Davis said. “All of those guys coming together on the same stage.”
At the combine Davis ran a 4.61 second time in his 40-yard dash
One Arkansas State player has been taken in every draft in the last five years, with full-back Oren O’Neal (Oakland,2007), safety Tyrell Johnson (Vikings, 2008), tight end David Johnson (Pittsburgh,2009), defensive end Alex Carrington (Buffalo, 2010) and offensive lineman Derek Newton (Houston, 2011).