Path To The Draft: Florida International University’s Pro Day (Blog 5)

How does a “long-shot” prospect become a projected fifth-round draft pick in a new mock draft on NFL.com?

By having the best performance of his life at Florida International University’s Pro Day.

On Wednesday, March 29, about a dozen FIU players were put to the test at FIU stadium to determine if they were NFL material. Twenty-eight NFL teams and a Canadian football league team were in attendance in search of their next draft pick. That afternoon, the players performed a series of strength, speed and skill tests. This is where the athletes’ displayed their agility and mental toughness.

Skills that 6-foot-6 offensive tackle, Dieugot Joseph, excelled in that day.

Joseph entered Pro Day weighing in at 293 pounds, and managed to record a 31-inch vertical jump. For 20 minutes he completed several offensive lineman drills where he showed off his length, size and quickness.

In fact, I kept hearing from the scouts: “That offensive tackle had a great day.”

What I saw from Joseph was his mental toughness. The day was blistering hot, but despite the heat, Joseph completed all requested tasks and even asked one representative if he wanted to see anything else from him.

But the humid weather wasn’t the only thing some FIU players had to overcome. Offensive Guard, Trenton Saunders, suffered a shoulder injury while running the 40-yard dash, but managed to complete his Pro Day workout. Regarding his determination, Saunders mentioned that this day is “the one day you been working for your whole career.”

After an impressive performance, Joseph’s efforts are earning him the interest of many teams. With all the attention, it may be safe to say that Joseph is no longer a “long-shot” prospect.

Joseph, along with many of his colleagues, have strived to prove themselves worthy of an NFL jersey. Their efforts are paying off; and although this 2017 Path To The Draft series has come to a close, these players’ careers have only begun.

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