March 24, 2011
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The University of New Mexico held its annual Pro Day event Thursday at the UNM football complex. Five National Football League scouts were on-hand to evaluate the speed, strength and agility of the potential NFL prospects. Former Lobos OT Byron Bell, OT Maurice Mears, OG Karlin Givens, WR Bryant Williams, WR Chris Hernandez and DT Peter Gardner participated in the event.
"Pro Day is always a great event for our student-athletes and our program" said UNM pro liaison Rubin Carter. "This is a great opportunity for guys to showcase their talents for multiple pro scouts. It's all about performing and trying to get a shot at the next level."
Pro Day started in the UNM weight room. Each player was tested on his bench press, vertical leap, long jump and measurements. The final portion of the event was held in the indoor practice facility. Each participant ran the 40-yard dash twice and went through a series of agility drills.
Bell, who recently worked out for the Carolina Panthers, was impressive during the event. He showed his strength in the weight room with 20 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press. Bell also received praise for his speed during the agility drills.
"It's all about improving my draft status and showing the NFL scouts what I can do," said Bell. "I've had a couple of workouts, and received positive feedback. I just have to keep working and stay focused on the little details. Overall, I feel good about my opportunities, and just keep getting better."
The Arizona Cardinals, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints had representatives at Pro Day.
Givens highlighted the weight lifting portion of Pro Day with 30 reps of 225 in the bench press.
UNM returns to practice Saturday from 10:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Fans and supporters are encouraged to attend by calling the UNM football office at (505) 925-5700.