2,284 miles away, over 50 NFL personnel, all 32 NFL teams represented, one SMBA ‘17 Aztec. Michigan State’s Football pro day was an experience packed with action, excitement, networking, and enough football talk being exchanged to even satisfy the biggest football nerds.
For a college player entering the draft, the pro day, only behind the NFL Combine, is the most important interview they will undergo in order to turn their dreams of playing at the next level into a reality. On a trip with Whitfield Athletix, our very own Carlos Martinez was in attendance and working, bringing a 4 month intensive NFL draft camp with Michigan State Quarterback Connor Cook to the home stretch.
Carlos assisted by providing the statistics for the entire workout Quarterback Connor Cook went through. He furthered analyzed the amount of throws from under Center, in the shotgun formation, throws on the run, and percentage of throws completed beyond 40 yards.
The goal was to display whether or not the workout answered NFL scouts’ questions on the QB. Is he a leader? Is his shoulder healthy? Does he have the arm strength to start in the NFL? All questions were answered: “From Connor Cook’s perspective, what I liked the most was his deep ball accuracy,” Mayock said in his NFL.com report. “I thought he threw the ball extremely well, he did a good job in the middle of the field. A lot of scouts wanted to know whether or not he could drive the ball… He’s got a good arm, strong, and today forget all about the 60 percent accuracy, today he threw the ball with tremendous accuracy.”
This event served as amazing platform to gain first-hand experience working around NFL personnel and the amount of work that is put forth to maintaining a career in the National Football League.