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    Amazing how the CIAA schools don’t get together and have a Pro Day for the players. I was reading about the 3 WSSU players that went to Wake Forest just because a scout asked for them. Then I come across Will Walton the WR from WSSU, signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL but was apparently not good enough to warrant a Pro Day invite. There are many great diamonds in the CIAA but it seems to always be a struggle for them to get noticed! CIAA NEEDS TO HAVE A SINGLE PRO DAY THAT RSPRESENTS ALL OF THE SCHOOLS TOP PLAYERS. Thoughts?

    https://www.cfl.ca/transactions/ Type in Walton

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    Quote Originally Posted by dlcontee View Post
    Amazing how the CIAA schools don’t get together and have a Pro Day for the players. I was reading about the 3 WSSU players that went to Wake Forest just because a scout asked for them. Then I come across Will Walton the WR from WSSU, signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL but was apparently not good enough to warrant a Pro Day invite. There are many great diamonds in the CIAA but it seems to always be a struggle for them to get noticed! CIAA NEEDS TO HAVE A SINGLE PRO DAY THAT RSPRESENTS ALL OF THE SCHOOLS TOP PLAYERS. Thoughts?

    https://www.cfl.ca/transactions/ Type in Walton
    The issue you would have with that would be:

    1. Where would you have it held? Players can sometimes get invites from local schools, which leads me to
    2. Cost. If its anything like all-star games, then players have to pay their own way to get to the location.

    Will Walton doesnt need a combine or pro-day invite if he already has a contract signed. The contract was signed on March 18, two days before the Wake Pro Day (of which WSSU has been a regular participant).

    CFL Transactions for 2019 involve:

    WR Douglas McNeill III, Bowie State (Saskatchewan)
    WR Will Walton - WSSU (Toronto)
    DL Lonte Morton- VUU (Montreal)
    DB Brian Walker - Fayetteville State (Edmonton) <-------Walker also participated in Wake's pro day in 2017.

    Active CIAA players
    RB William Stanback - VUU (Montreal)
    CB Rudy Johnson -WSSU (Saskatchewan)

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    You miss the point. Wake Forest Pro Day was not a given according to the articles I read. Brian Walker played one year in CFL and retired July 2018. Cost probably would not be an issue. Players seem to find money to make it to Spring Break destinations. If there was the opportunity to get to the next level for players I am sure they would make it to a Pro Day location. I would suggest Va Union or Va State as a central location that would not be an issue to driver to for most players.

    The real issue is that players get the invite “sometimes from local schools.” Why do our schools have to depend on other schools? I graduated from Fayetteville State. Grew up in Hampton, Va. surrounding by HBCU’s, I still call Hampton University, Hampton Institute!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dlcontee View Post
    You miss the point. Wake Forest Pro Day was not a given according to the articles I read. Brian Walker played one year in CFL and retired July 2018. Cost probably would not be an issue. Players seem to find money to make it to Spring Break destinations. If there was the opportunity to get to the next level for players I am sure they would make it to a Pro Day location. I would suggest Va Union or Va State as a central location that would not be an issue to driver to for most players.

    The real issue is that players get the invite “sometimes from local schools.” Why do our schools have to depend on other schools? I graduated from Fayetteville State. Grew up in Hampton, Va. surrounding by HBCU’s, I still call Hampton University, Hampton Institute!
    I would ask two additional questions:

    1. Would an all CIAA Pro Day draw enough attention from scouts to justify having it?

    I won't pretend to be an expert when it comes to the draft and Pro Days, but I would assume you need to have some "draws" to pull in multiple scouts. Does the CIAA annually have enough graduating talent to justify a good amount of scouts coming to a Pro Day?

    2. Would any of the facilities in the CIAA be ideal enough to maximize players results?

    February and March can be a real gamble when it comes to weather in NC and VA, and no CIAA school has an indoor practice facility. Therefore, you run the risk of having players competing against the elements. The positive about the WSSU guys attending the Wake Pro Day is that they got to test in Wake's indoor practice facility. Also, I believe both VSU and VUU have grass (and I know that grass at VUU is terrible). I'm not sure how either schools fields would look in the late winter/early spring.

    However, you could be on to something with Richmond. Since the Redskins training camp is there, maybe the CIAA schools could rent those facilities to host a Pro Day. Not sure if they have an indoor facility, but I would think the turf should be top notch at a minimum.

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    Good points but that Wake Facility is new and they had been doing Pro Day outside for years.

    I guess the real test would be how many CIAA players are participating in other schools Pro Days. That would give a good indication.

    My whole point is that there are quality players in the CIAA as well as other small conferences that get overlooked for NFL. I have read articles of schools not even wanting these smaller school players at their Pro Days for fear they would outshine their players.

    Prime Example of how big of school coaches act.

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.twi...-in-limbo/amp/

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    Looks like Bowie hosted a Pro Day.

    https://hbcugameday.com/2019/03/27/a...ts-at-pro-day/

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    Good stuff. Did you happen to see this?
    https://hbcugameday.com/2019/03/28/f...ro-nfl-scouts/

    Set one up and this happens.......no respect!
    Last edited by dlcontee; 03-28-2019 at 08:37 PM. Reason: Adding to

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    Quote Originally Posted by dlcontee View Post
    Good stuff. Did you happen to see this?
    https://hbcugameday.com/2019/03/28/f...ro-nfl-scouts/

    Set one up and this happens.......no respect!
    I saw that...pretty sad as FAMU actually had a respectable season this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gr8ness97 View Post
    I saw that...pretty sad as FAMU actually had a respectable season this year.
    Here is a great read that explains a lot!

    https://www.nfldraftdiamonds.com/201...pro-day-rules/

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    Great read that explains a lot about Pro Days

    https://www.nfldraftdiamonds.com/201...pro-day-rules/

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