JONESBORO, AR (ASU) – The Arkansas State football team held its annual Pro Day Tuesday morning at Centennial Bank?Stadium, and five former Red Wolves were put through various tests and drills by several National Football?League (NFL) representatives as the 2015 NFL?Draft approaches.
Four seniors on the 2014 team, including defensive lineman Dexter Blackmon, cornerback Artez Brown, linebacker Qushaun Lee and safety Sterling Young were all present, along with 2013 senior wideout Julian Jones. Brown and Lee were both 2014 First Team All-Sun Belt Conference selections, while Young earned second team honors in 2013. Blackmon was a 2014 preseason all-conference choice as well.
Jones, who signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Atlanta Falcons last year, was back on campus for his second Pro Day workout at A-State. Lee and Young were listed second and sixth, respectively, on Lindy's preseason “Top-10 NFL?Talent” in the Sun Belt.
The Red Wolves have seen a player taken in the NFL?Draft the last eight years, including fullback Oren O'Neal, safety Tyrell Johnson, tight end David Johnson, defensive end Alex Carrington, offensive lineman Derek Newton, linebacker Demario Davis, defensive back Don Jones and defensive lineman Ryan Carrethers.
Not only are the eight consecutive years with a draft selection a school-record, it ties Connecticut for the third longest streak among the ‘Group of Five” conferences. Fresno State's consecutive picks span 14 years and Central Florida's nine, making them the only two programs among A-State's peer conferences to have a longer streak intact. The 2015 NFL?Draft is set for April 30-May 2.
The five Arkansas State players in attendance today began the event by meeting with NFL?personnel inside the A-State Football Facility at approximately 9:15 a.m. The event continued in the weight room, where scouts put the players through a number of tests that included vertical jump, standing long jump and bench press.
Shuttle drills, speed times and receiving and defensive drills were conducted during the on-field testing. Among the NFL?teams with representatives on hand were the New York Giants, St. Louis Rams, Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars.