Pro Day has the potential to forever change the future of young athletes who are hoping to reach their dreams of playing in the NFL.
Several SFA football players got a glimpse of their future, as their skills were put to the ultimate test in front of NFL scouts for their pro day.
It's a day where every pound, every inch, every rep, and every second matters most.
Anxious eyes watched the athletes as well as NFL scouts from the Carolina Panthers and the Saint Louis Rams. An NFL Combine representative was also there to take notes on the talent.
Outside linebacker Malcom Mattox turned some heads when he recorded a 4.6, 40-time.
"It was a blessing just to get an opportunity to do it," said Mattox. "I actually did really good, so I'm just ready to sit down and wait for the call."
A call he says he has been waiting on since he says he was 5 years old.
The days leading up until this may have been harder for some than the workout itself.
"It feels good to be done with this and now I can relax for a couple of days," said quarterback Brady Attaway. "I'm just ready to find out what I'm going to be doing next."
This pro day proved to be a small taste of what the NFL is like.
"The tempo is crazy. The coaches here were hard on you, but I did pretty good with it," said Mattox. "I take coaching well so I liked it."
No one would know best about the fast tempo of the game better than former Lumberjack and current Buffalo Bill wide receiver Cordell Roberson, who attended Thursday's pro day to support former teammates. Roberson was in the same position just a year ago, doing the same drills in hopes to make his dream of playing in the NFL a reality.
"I had to come show my support to all of them because I went through the same thing. They probably are thinking the same thing I was thinking as if it's a lot of pressure," said Roberson. "I wanted to get out here and do it myself because I like to compete. Just seeing them compete made me want to compete even more. It was good seeing them do what they did today, and they did a good job."
Attaway says he's been training in Canadian camps lately to improve, and his work looked to have paid off through performance today.
"I think my most improvement was the running and I think I threw well," said Attaway.
The NFL Draft begins May 8th, and it will be a matter of time to see if a Lumberjack will get a shot playing at the next level.
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