BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — The winningest senior class of the FBS era at WKU put a cap on their Hilltopper careers on Monday in front of 33 NFL representatives from 26 teams as they worked through the program’s annual pro day on Monday inside Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium.
All totaled, 21 former Hilltoppers, including 18 from last season’s Conference USA championship squad worked out in the weight room and on the turf of Feix Field.
“Today was bittersweet,” offensive lineman Forrest Lamp said. “It was the last time I’ll ever be on this field, so it was bittersweet but it was fun. (Pro Day) has grown a lot. I think my freshman year there were maybe 10 or 12 scouts here, so it’s grown a lot, and it’s been awesome.”
While Lamp, a near consensus pick to be selected in the first round, and the school’s all-time leading receiver, Taywan Taylor, validated their position as top NFL prospects following the Senior Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine, it was the first opportunity for the other Hilltoppers to show what they were capable of.
In the biggest job interview of their lives, they did not disappoint.
Former walk-on turned four-year starter at center Max Halpin opened up the day with 35 repetitions on the bench press, a number which would have ranked No. 1 among all players at the Combine. Wide out Nicholas Norris, who finished behind only Taylor in every major receiving category, helped his own stock with a 10’5” broad jump, a mark that would have put him in the Top 10 at the combine among receivers, and a 37 inch vertical jump, a top five mark.
In the three-cone drill, safety Branden Leston’s 6.65 seconds would have been the top mark among all safeties at the Combine while running back Anthony Wales’ 6.95 seconds would have been in the top five. Leston’s 37 inch vertical was also a top five mark compared in his position group compared to the Combine results.
The former Hilltoppers will now continue their offseason preparations, which may include more private workouts or team visits, as they await the NFL Draft, set for April 27-29 from Philadelphia, Pa.
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