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Brian Tyms makes a catch in front of NFL scouts.
Courtesy: Florida A&M Sports Information
Brian Tyms makes a catch in front of NFL scouts.
Rattlers Get Chance To Shine At Annual Pro Day
Release: Sunday 03/16/2012 (ET)
by Florida A&M Sports Information
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TALLAHASSEE, FL (Mar.15) The Florida A&M Rattlers Football Team was honored to have Curtis Holcomb drafted in the 2011 NFL Draft. That honor came primarily because of a stellar showing Holcomb put on at last year's professional scouting and testing day, affectionately known as "Pro Day." After Holcomb impressed scouts, they went back and reviewed films and determined that he was indeed NFL material.

On Wednesday, FAMU players with expired collegiate eligibility went through drills in front of NFL scouts representing virtually every team. The players were weighed, measured and questioned. They were tested in a battery of drills. They performed a standing broad jump, vertical jump, 225 lb. bench press, 40-yard dash and shuttle runs.

While the NFL scouts take great care in not revealing the results of the tests, some results were overhead in the normal process of testing.

Some standout performances including Kevin Elliot leaping 35" inches in the vertical leap test. Brian Tyms would top that, jumping 38", for the day's best leap.

On the 225 lb. press, Joshua Newkirk put on n impressive display, pressing the weight a total of 41 times.

While results of the 40-yard dash and shuttle runs were kept away from the general public, a positive non-verbal reaction to Elliot's run was taken as a good sign.

Finally, at the conclusion of last season's drills, the pro scouts took Qier Hall and Holcomb through some specialized drills. This year, Elliott and Tyms were taken through route drills. Former MEAC Offensive Player of the Year Curtis Pulley was on hand to toss to the receivers. The players performed well, running new routes taught to them by a Denver Broncos scout. In addition, not a single pass hit the ground as Pulley connected, giving the players an opportunity to display their physical abilities for the interviewers.


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