A Few Takeaways from the 2017 Texas Tech Pro Day

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My Craziest Idea Yet

About a week before Texas Tech’s Pro Day, I was laying on the couch in my apartment watching TV with my roommate. I was thinking about ideas I could do my projects over for my sports production class, and all of a sudden, a lightbulb went off in my head. What if I went to Texas Tech’s Pro Day and wrote a blog about it? That could count as a project!

I was skeptical about it though, because I knew it was a pretty closed off event. My roommate actually had to talk me into emailing my professor about the idea…good thing she did.

To help me, my awesome professor emailed the associate director for Texas Tech’s football team and suddenly, I was going to Pro Day. Here are a few things that I noticed on March 31.

Meet the Participants

The Pro Day participants included Paul Banks III, Reginald Davis III, Malik Jenkins, Devin Lauderdale, Patrick Mahomes II, Thierry Nguema, Ondre Pipkins, Tyler Scalzi, Luke Stice and Kris Williams.

Pro Day started out in the weight room with the vertical jump, broad jump and bench press, then moved promptly to The Jones where the athletes ran a 40-yard dash, three-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle.

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Davis had the best 40-yard dash time with a 4.41, Nguema posted a 4.25 20-yard shuttle time, while Scalzi, Stice and Pipkins impressed in the weight room with their bench reps.

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The Gunslinger Keeps on Impressing

28 of the 32 NFL teams were in attendance for Texas Tech’s Pro Day, including some big names like Ben McAdoo (head coach of the New York Giants) and John Schneider (Seattle Seahawks general manager) – their primary focus being on Mahomes. Mahomes didn’t participate in any of the workouts the other Pro Day athletes did because he wanted to focus on one thing only: throwing.

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Mahomes threw about 80 passes on the day to his former teammates Stice, Lauderdale, Davis and Scalzi. During the last snap of his workout, Mahomes threw an 80-yard Hail Mary pass to the end zone. It seemed to be the most fitting way to end Pro Day, and in the words of Mahomes, “I have a big arm, why not show it off.”

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Tyler Scalzi isn’t Human

Who is Tyler Scalzi? Listed as a fullback on Texas Tech’s Athletic website, Scalzi turned many heads during Pro Day. The walk-on participated in a lot of offensive drills which included running routes and catching a few passes from Mahomes.

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But what was really impressive was his turn out in the weight room. Scalzi had a 32.5-inch vertical, 10-foot-6-inch broad jump and a remarkable 37 reps on the bench press, the most out of all the Red Raider Pro Day participants and more than any of the NFL combine invites. Scalzi may not have been a well-known Tech player like Mahomes, but don’t be surprised if his name gets called at the end of April.

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What to Expect

These players put on a show for the NFL scouts, coaches and general mangers and proved they can compete at the next level. The NFL Draft will be on April 27-29, so be sure to keep an eye out for these players, because they might just get their names called out.

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