Fresno State Football: 2015 Seniors Take on NFL Pro Day Print
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Written by Matt Burkholder - Fresno State   
Thursday, 17 March 2016 09:54

FRESNO - Thirteen former Fresno State football players showcased their abilities in front of 10 scouts for NFL pro day at Bulldog Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. Each athlete tried their hand at the 40-yard dash, 3-cone drill, vertical jump, broad jump, 60-yard shuttle and bench press, as well as individual workouts per request of respective NFL scouts.


The group of Bulldogs who took the field at the 2016 pro day were: Bo Bonnheim, Dylan Detwiler, Ejiro Ederaine, Shannon Edwards, Alex Fifita, Claudell Louis, Justin Northern, Kyrian Obidiegwu, Jaamal Rose, Garrett Swanson, Marteze Waller, Charles Washington and Kyrie Wilson.


The NFL scouts in attendance at Bulldog Stadium to evaluate the 13 players were from the following organizations: Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, San Diego Chargers, San Francisco 49ers (3), Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Tennessee Titans.


Wednesday was a culmination of three months of intense training since the Bulldogs' season came to a close. For some, it was their first chance to impress NFL scouts as none of the individuals were at the NFL Combine on Feb. 26-29 in Indianapolis, Ind. For others like Ederaine, Waller and Washington, they started their professional aspirations at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Jan. 23.


A few numbers that stood out was Washington’s 4.44-second 40-yard dash and 41 inch vertical, both tops at pro day. Northern, who is set to graduate with a mechanical engineering degree in May, led the group in the bench press with 26 reps. Wilson posted a 40.5 inch vertical and 24 reps on the bench. Obidiegwu also excelled at the vertical with a 37.5 inch jump.


“This has been the most exciting, but most stressful time of my life,” said Washington about getting ready for pro day. “You train 2-3 months for a day like this and your numbers speak for you on how hard you’ve been training. I’m excited.”


Ederaine, who finished his career with 45.5 tackles for a loss – the second-most in Mountain West history, just wants a chance. And pro day at Bulldog Stadium was that step forward.


“This is my dream since I started playing this sport,” he said about the NFL. “And the biggest thing to me is, if I get drafted or if I don’t get drafted, my goal is to get into a camp, for a team to give me a shot, when you get into a camp, it’s all about earning it and competing for that spot on a 53-man roster.


“This is probably the biggest goal I have, besides getting my degree, and I already did that. I’m just waiting to check this one off the list as well.”


Current NFL players from the 2014 senior class, Derron Smith and Curtis Riley, and NFL veterans Stephen Spach and Cameron Worrell were in attendance to root on their Bulldog Born, Bulldog Bred counterparts, as well as other alumni who went through the riggers of the pro day experience.


“They made it look so easy,” Washington said when reflecting on being a spectator of past pro day’s. “And then you’re out here and you get to do it and get beat up, but it’s the grind just like anything else, nothing comes easy. I enjoyed being out here.”


The NFL Draft will be held April 28-30 at Chicago’s Auditorium Theater. Fresno State has had a player taken in the NFL Draft 15-straight seasons, which is the longest active streak in the Mountain West. Fresno State has also had a player selected in 28 out of the last 29 NFL Drafts going back to 1987.


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