TAMPA - A total of 22 Bulls went through a job interview process
like no other Wednesday at USF Pro Day.
Representatives from all 32 NFL teams and a handful of CFL
scouts took notes as USF's former stars made their push for a shot at the next
"You really want to put on a show, do well and make sure you
hit your goals," quarterback B.J. Daniels said.
Daniels' name was a popular one on scouts' notepads after
the dual threat put on a display four months after breaking his ankle. He bench
pressed 225 pounds 20 times, clocked in a 40 time of 4.58 seconds and posted a
vertical leap of 30.5 inches.
"I'm very happy with what I've been able to accomplish out
here," he said with a big smile.
Daniels' day wasn't over after he talked to a bunch of
reporters either. The program's second-best Bull in total offense (10,501
yards) stayed a little longer to work out for the Philadelphia Eagles and was "encouraged"
by what he's heard overall.
"It truly is a blessing to have a team look at you for
various things. I'm thankful that I've been blessed with the ability to do all
those things," Daniels said. "Quarterback is what I want to do. I'm going to
give it my all and see where the chips fall."
NFL teams also were curious to see what else Daniels can do
with his athletic abilities and he had no problem showcasing his versatility.
"They had me throwing, catching, punting and all that stuff
at once," Daniels said with a laugh. "It's just a blessing to even be out here."
Linebacker Sam Barrington wasn't surprised to see Daniels
fully healthy so soon after his painful injury. Barrington also believes
Daniels can get the job done no matter where an NFL team puts him on the field.
"B.J. can pick up a golf club, swing it and do something amazing
with it. That's just the guy he is," he said.
Daniels, Barrington and the rest of the Bulls will find out
if their pro dreams become a reality when the NFL Draft begins Thursday, April
25 in New York.
"It really hasn't hit me yet," Daniels said. "It's a process
where I have to prove myself all over again and we're all going through it. I
don't think it will really hit us until it's closer and closer to draft day."
Lamar Shows His
Lindsey Lamar is known best for his speed but he impressed
NFL scouts the most with his toughness at Pro Day.
Lamar went through hours of lifts and drills while battling
the flu bug that put him out of commission the past few days.
"This is the first day that I'm feeling OK to move around
and stuff," Lamar said. "(Scouts) knew that I was kind of feeling under the
weather today and they all said good things about me pushing through it. It was
Lamar spent a good amount of time talking with an Eagles
representative and he could end up becoming a nice fit for a team that needs a
speedster, whether it's as a third-down back or on special teams.
"They're looking at me kind of like a Chris Rainey or a Dexter
McCluster. A lot of teams are moving to
that type of option offense, so it would be good," Lamar said.
Bonani Shows Off His
USF's all-time scoring leader Maikon Bonani didn't let 18-19 mph
wind gusts affect his chance to impress NFL scouts.
Bonani made a 63-yard field goal attempt and a bunch from over 50 yards, while only missing a
couple of times in front of scouts from five teams that watched him
"It was definitely a good day," he said. "You always have
the butterflies in your stomach because you want to do well and you want to
Bonani finished his USF career as the program's career
leader in field goals made (69) and field goal percentage (75.8). He has gotten
even stronger since the Bulls' season finale and said he's ready to keep
producing at kicking camps and in private workouts.
"Whatever happens, I'm just looking for a chance," he said.
Former Bulls Show
USF stars of the past came out in full force to support the
Bulls during Wednesday's festivities.
The list of attendees included Mistral Raymond, Jerrell
Young, Jerome Murphy, Mike Jenkins, Terrell McClain, Amarri Jackson and Claude
"It was a little more comfortable being out here in front of
former teammates, family and friends," Barrington said.