FARGO — Six North Dakota State University football seniors were put to the test before pro scouts representing seven National Football League teams in the Fargodome on Wednesday, March 21.
“It’s an opportunity for these seniors to really measure their physical skills. They’re gaining a great deal of exposure, which is good for them and good for NDSU,” said head football coach Craig Bohl, who led the program to the 2011 NCAA FCS Championship in January.
Running back D.J. McNorton, tight end Matt Veldman, free safety John Pike, defensive end Coulter Boyer, kicker Ryan Jastram and free safety Daniel Eaves were measured, timed and evaluated in a variety of tests.
“To play in the NFL is something I’ve dreamed about all my life,” said Veldman. “The last two months I’ve been training really hard. I feel blessed, extremely blessed to get this opportunity.
Several players like McNorton and Veldman did specialized drills including catching passes. The session went about 2-1/2 hours.
“All of this is great experience, just to be in the type of situation to come out and perform in front of the scouts,” said McNorton. “You always believe you could do a little better, but at the same time it was a great experience for me.”
Pike will be able to get a great deal of experience and leaves at the end of March to play professional football in Germany.
“There is an opportunity at NDSU to go play at the next level,” said Pike.