UM hosts annual Pro Day
MISSOULA, Mont. - There's still more than a month until the 2017 NFL Draft and teams continue to make their stops throughout the country to seek out the best talent.
On Monday, around 5 professional football scouts made their way to Washington-Grizzly Stadium in Missoula for the University of Montana Pro Day.
"It's weird, but it's also relieving just to have this out of the way," said former Griz defensive end Caleb Kidder. "If I get a phone call, I get a phone call. If I don't, prepare for life I guess."
The day got started with weigh-ins and measurements. Then the action was moved outdoors for the speed and agility portion.
A few players like Kidder, former Montana safety Yamen Sanders, and former Montana cornerback JR Nelson trained for nine weeks in Seattle for their pro day. Meanwhile two-year starting quarterback Brady Gustafson went to the other side of the country to prepare.
"I've been training in Jersey," said Gustafson. "Had a QB coach out there by the name of Scott Brunner, (he) used to play for the Giants. Really changed some things about my throwing motion, trying to become a more rotational passer. Working on ball flight, working on trajectory. All these different things."
The NFL draft is as unpredictable as ever and after all the training and the studying, the concept to guys like Nelson, is simple.
"At the end of the day if you can play football, that's what they want. Football players," said Nelson. "That's one thing that playing corner I feel very comfortable in my back pedal. I feel comfortable catching the ball. I feel comfortable moving and that's what I had to just go and show."
Now these athletes can relax their minds and bodies and play a different kind of game. The waiting one.