Sixteen NFL Hopefuls Participate In CMU Pro Day

MOUNT PLEASANT – With the NFL Draft being just a little over a month away, players who have declared for the draft are anxiously waiting to see if they’ll be taking their talents to the next level.

Sixteen players that are familiar to northern Michigan got the chance to showcase their skills today at Central Michigan, where the Chippewas held their annual Pro Day. Over 50  scouts, scouting directors, and coaches were in attendance representing all 32 NFL teams and 4 CFL teams.

Nine players from CMU’s squad represented the Chippewas: Alex Briones, Nate Brisson-Fast, Sean Bunting, Shakir Carr, Xavier Crawford, Malik Fountain, Marcus Griffin, Luke Idoni, Tyjuan Swain.

Five other universities sent other players as well including Paul Graham from Wayne State, Michael Alexander from Saginaw Valley, Jake Mayon from Northern Michigan, and Bart Williams from Grand Valley.

Ferris State had three Bulldogs attend: Keyondre Craig, Devon Johnson and Malik Taylor.

Three of the NFL hopefuls that participated today already had some experience in an environment like this. Bunting, Crawford, and Johnson all had invites to the NFL Combine just a few weeks ago. They said Thursday’s Pro Day was more relaxed and helped them perform well.

“I felt the Combine was more mental than anything. I just felt more comfortable here, like I said the Combine kind of got to me a little bit mentally. It’s more relaxing coming here in my environment,” said Crawford, who improved his 4.48 40-yard dash to 4.30 at home at CMU.

“At the Combine, I didn’t have anybody there, even from D2 at least in my area D2, like teams I’ve played,” Johnson, who was the first Ferris State player to be invited to the Combine in 28 years. “I was kind of on my own. But here I had Malik Taylor and Keyondre Craig and I’m just with my buddies and I gotta relax and get on my groove real quick,” he added.

The NFL Draft begins on April 25 and goes through April 27.