"Football is what I do for a living. All of us had a dream of going out on pro day and having every team out there. I know me working out would draw attention and it would be great for my teammates." --LB Aaron Curry
Today, 41 scouts representing every NFL team, descended upon Wake Forest's campus for the Demon Deacons Pro day. The star of the day was LB Aaron Curry, who was by far the highest profile of the approximately 20 players who attended the Pro day. About half of those players were from Wake; the other half were from surrounding colleges.
The two biggest names are of course Aaron Curry and corner back Alphonso Smith, who is projected as a possible first round, definite second round draft pick. Safety Chip Vaughan is another possible first day pick. The Kansas City Chiefs are possibly targeting Curry with the #3 overall pick.
While Curry stuck with a lot of workout numbers he established at the NFL Combine, NFL.com reported that "it was easy to see the athleticism that, combined with his football skills, make him a projected high pick."
With Curry mainly a spectator, the attention was also on Alphonso Smith. Smith already seems to have a level head about him:
The hardest thing about this is the constant scrutiny. On how you have to live your life on a straight line. Any mistake could mean millions of dollars. They have to inspect you from head to toe and evaluate you numerous times before they make that investment.
I suspect that continual problems with NFL character issues, combined with stricter punishment from the league office, will help solid guys like Curry and Smith jump ahead of the trouble makers.
NFL.com had a couple more notes on Alphonso Smith:
As for Smith, he was very solid in defensive back drills. The projected late-first, early second-rounder performed as expected but his height — he measured just under 5-foot-9 — has teams concerned. He did not do any punt/kick return drills, but he said he would have if asked. He was not asked. Smith said if being a returner helps his draft stock, he’s open to it.
And that's about it from the Wake Forest Pro Day. The top prospect ran a couple of drills and the next highest ranked prospect lived up to expectations. This is a (yawn) as far as Pro days go.
I think one of the best things you can do, relative to other top 10 draft prospects, is don't do anything that will lower your value on any level. You don't necessarily have to excel. Just don't screw up at all. Curry is winning out so far in this prospect season because of his consistentcy and his ability to continue to meet expectations.