Some people think the NFL Combine has become an overvalued, overly hyped exercise. Some people think the whole college bowl game situation has become bloated and out of control. But I can’t help but begin to wonder if neither approaches the latest excess in an attempt to grab some attention: a whopping 162 colleges and universities will hold an NFL Pro Day over the next five weeks.

 

At some point we passed the point of this many Pro Days being useful, and arrived in the land of counterproductive excess. BC and UConn having their own Pro Day, I can understand that. But Clark, Brown, Rhode Island, UNH, Dartmouth and Maine each having their own Pro Day too? Seriously?

 

Cal, yes; Cal (PA) and Cal Lutheran, no. Arkansas, yes; Arkansas-Monticello, Central Arkansas and Arkansas State, no.

 

Is there some reason why players from Florida International, Florida Atlantic and Bethune-Cookman couldn’t simply attend the nearby University of Miami Pro Day? If the Hurricanes don’t want to share, or it’s determined that they have so many prospects of their own that inviting others wouldn’t work, then wouldn’t it make more sense for those other schools to just have one joint session? I’m guessing they’d probably get more scouts to attend that kind of a unified workout session than the combined number of scouts that go to see those three individual Pro Days.

 

Same holds true for many other schools, such as Youngstown State and Ohio, who have their Pro Days on the same date. How many teams are going to want to send somebody to the Tusculum Pro Day?

 

 

Here is the current 2012 NFL Pro Day schedule.

 

March 1: Miami of Ohio, Missouri

March 2: Cincinnati

March 5: University of Alabama at Birmingham, Azusa Pacific, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, McNeese State

March 6: Alabama A&M, Arkansas, Auburn, California Lutheran, Clark, Eastern Kentucky, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Liberty, Rhode Island, Sacramento State, Tarleton State, UCLA, Valdosta State

March 7: Alabama, California-Davis, Colgate, Eastern Washington, Fordham, Fort Valley, Kent State, Kentucky, Louisville, Northern Colorado, Southern California, Texas A&M, UTEP, Wisconsin

March 8: Alabama State, Buffalo, Clemson, Colorado, Miami, Mississippi State, Nebraska, North Alabama, Northwestern, Ohio, Syracuse, Texas Tech, Washington, West Texas, Western Kentucky, Wofford, Wyoming, Youngstown State

March 9: Florida International, Furman, Mississippi, Montana, Northern Illinois, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Presbyterian, Purdue, TCU, Troy, Washington State

March 12: Air Force, Arkansas-Monticello, Central Michigan, Central Washington, Pittsburgh, Tulsa, Wayne State

March 13: Ball State, California (PA), Florida, Kansas State, Marshall, North Texas, Slippery Rock, Toledo, Western Michigan

March 14: Bowling Green, Cal, Central Arkansas, Central Oklahoma, Eastern Michigan, Florida State, Grambling, Kansas, Kansas State, Louisiana-Monroe, Maryland, Michigan State, Mount Union, Oklahoma, Old Dominion, Penn State, Portland State, Tennessee Tech

March 15: Delaware State, Louisiana Tech, Michigan, Missouri, UNLV, Nicholls State, Oregon, Southern Illinois, Townson, Tusculum, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wayne State, William & Mary

March 16: Arizona State, James Madison, Missouri State, Oregon State, Richmond, Temple, Tennessee, West Virginia

March 19: Appalachian State, Arizona, Florida Atlantic, Iowa, Montana State, Rice, Southern, Wake Forest

March 20: Brown, Fresno State, Idaho, Iowa State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Monmouth, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Carolina A&T, South Florida, Texas

March 21: Baylor, Boston College, Houston, NC State, North Dakota State, Rutgers, San Diego State, San Jose State, Tulane, Western Kentucky

March 22: Boise State, East Carolina, LSU, Maine, Memphis, Middle Tennessee State, South Dakota, South Dakota State, Stanford, Tennessee-Chattanooga

March 23: Cornell, Jackson State, Missouri Western, N.C. Central, Southern Mississippi, Stonybrook, Vanderbilt

March 26: Indiana State

March 27: Arkansas State, Coastal Carolina, Stephen F Austin, Washburn

March 28: Central Florida, Connecticut, Newberry, Northern Iowa, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Carolina State

March 29: Alabama, BYU, Georgia Southern

March 30: Bethune-Cookman, Dartmouth

April 3: Abilene Christian, Notre Dame

April 4: SMU

April 6: McNeese State

 

 

Below is list of the Pro Days by school.

 

Abilene Christian – April 3
Air Force – March 12
Alabama – March 7, March 29
Alabama A&M – March 6
Alabama-Birmingham – March 5
Alabama State – March 8
Appalachian State – March 19
Arizona – March 19
Arizona State – March 16
Arkansas – March 6
Arkansas-Monticello – March 12
Arkansas State – March 27
Auburn – March 6
Arizona – March 19
Arizona State – March 16
Azusa Pacific – March 5

Ball State – March 13
Baylor – March 21
Bethune-Cookman – March 30
Boise State – March 22
Boston College – March 21
Bowling Green – March 14
Brigham Young – March 29
Brown – March 20
Buffalo – March 8

Cal – March 14
California-Davis – March 7
UCLA – March 6
California Lutheran – March 6
California (PA) – March 13
Central Arkansas – March 14
Central Florida – March 28
Central Michigan – March 12
Central Oklahoma – March 14
Central Washington – March 12
Cincinnati – March 2
Clark – March 6
Clemson – March 8
Coastal Carolina – March 27
Colgate – March 7
Colorado – March 8
Connecticut – March 28
Cornell – March 23

Dartmouth – March 30
Delaware State – March 15

East Carolina – March 22
Eastern Kentucky – March 6
Eastern Michigan – March 14
Eastern Washington – March 7

Florida – March 13
Florida Atlantic – March 19
Florida State – March 14
Florida International – March 9
Fordham – March 7
Fort Valley – March 7
Fresno State – March 20
Furman – March 9

Georgia – March 5
Georgia Southern – March 29
Georgia Tech – March 6
Grambling – March 14

Hawaii – March 5
Houston – March 21

Idaho – March 20
Illinois – March 6
Indiana – March 5
Indiana State – March 26
Iowa – March 19
Iowa State – March 20

Jackson State – March 23
James Madison – March 16

Kansas – March 14
Kansas State – March 13, 14
Kent State – March 7
Kentucky – March 7

Liberty – March 6
Louisiana-Lafayette – March 20
Louisiana-Monroe – March 14
Louisiana State – March 22
Louisiana Tech – March 15
Louisville – March 7

Maine – March 22
Marshall – March 13
Maryland – March 14
McNeese State – March 5, April 6
Memphis – March 22
Miami – March 8
Miami of Ohio – March 1
Michigan – March 15
Michigan State – March 14
Middle Tennessee – March 22
Mississippi – March 9
Mississippi State – March 8
Missouri – March 1, March 15
Missouri State – March 16
Missouri Western – March 23
Monmouth – March 20
Montana – March 9
Montana State – March 19
Mount Union – March 14

Nebraska – March 8
Nevada – March 21
UNLV – March 15
New Hampshire – March 20
Newberry – March 28
Nicholls State – March 15
North Alabama – March 8
North Carolina – March 20
North Carolina A&T – March 20
North Carolina Central – March 23
North Carolina State – March 21
North Dakota State – March 21
North Texas – March 13
Northern Colorado – March 7
Northern Illinois – March 9
Northern Iowa – March 28
Northwestern – March 8
Notre Dame – April 3

Ohio – March 8
Ohio State – March 9
Oklahoma – March 14
Oklahoma State – March 9
Old Dominion – March 14
Oregon – March 15
Oregon State – March 16

Pennsylvania – March 28
Penn State – March 14
Pittsburgh – March 12
Portland State – March 14
Presbyterian – March 9
Purdue – March 9

Rhode Island – March 6
Rice – March 19
Richmond – March 16
Rutgers – March 21

Sacramento State – March 6
San Diego State – March 21
San Jose State – March 21
Slippery Rock – March 13
South Carolina – March 28
South Carolina State – March 28
South Dakota – March 22
South Dakota State – March 22
South Florida – March 20
Southern – March 19
Southern California – March 7
Southern Illinois – March 15
SMU – April 4
Southern Mississippi – March 23
South Florida – March 20
Stanford – March 22
Stephen F Austin – March 27
Stony Brook – March 23
Syracuse – March 8

Tarleton State – March 6
Temple – March 16
Tennessee – March 16
Tennessee-Chattanooga – March 22
Tennessee Tech – March 14
Texas – March 20
Texas A&M – March 7
UTEP – March 7
TCU – March 9
Texas Tech – March 8
Toledo – March 13
Townson – March 15
Troy – March 9
Tulane – March 21
Tulsa – March 12
Tusculum – March 15

Utah State – March 8

Valdosta State – March 6
Vanderbilt – March 23
Virginia – March 15
Virginia Tech – March 15

Wake Forest – March 19
Washburn – March 27
Washington – March 8
Washington State – March 9
Wayne State – March 12, 15
Weber State – March 7
West Virginia – March 16
West Texas – March 8
Western Kentucky – March 8, 21
Western Michigan – March 13
William & Mary – March 15
Wisconsin – March 7
Wofford – March 8
Wyoming – March 8

Youngstown State – March 8

 

 

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