Monday, March 8, 2010

Hoosiers Seek To Boost NFL Prospects

Hoosier football players get another shot at impressing NFL coaches and scouts on Tuesday when Indiana has its pro day. The big names are offensive lineman Rodger Saffold (pictured courtesy of IU athletics), defensive ends Jammie Kirlew and Greg Middleton, and safety Nick Polk. All four participated in last month’s NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

Also participating are safety Austin Thomas, tight end Troy Wagner, running back Demetrius McCray, cornerback/returner Ray Fisher, and linebackers Will Patterson and Matt Mayberry.

Saint Francis running back Daniel Carter and University of Indianapolis offensive lineman Tim Dury also will show what they can do.

Saffold, a left tackle, had an impressive Combine. In fact, he rated second among linemen with a 9-foot-5 broad jump, third in the three-cone drill with a time of 7.42 seconds, eighth in the 20-yard shuttle run (4.67 seconds) and 12th in the vertical jump (29 ½ inches).

Add a solid showing in East-West Shrine All-Star Game and Saffold might have risen to a top-three round pick.

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