Grambling State University’s football program continued its tradition of excellence as several NFL teams were represented at the annual Pro Day. Representatives from both the New Orleans Saints and Detroit Lions came to test last season’s seniors and NFL prospects.
NFL scouts tested speed, strength, power and agility. And while scouts came to look at senior linebacker Kenneth Pettway, several of Grambling’s other seniors turned heads during their workouts.
“Senior linebackers John Petty, Chris Anthony, David Robinson, and Michael Diagre were surprisingly as impressive in their workouts as any other linebackers in the country,” said Rick Thompson, Saints college scouting coordinator.
After speaking with Thompson, he made it very clear that he would not hesitate to share the results of the workout with any of the other 24 teams in the National Football League.
“We don’t have 5 linebacker spots open but I will send their results to other NFL teams.”
Though the conditions of the field turf were bothered by rain the night before, senior outside linebackers, Michael Diagre and Chris Anthony both ran impressive 4.60 second 40 yard dashes. When asked about his feelings towards the workout Anthony replied saying, “I just thank God for the opportunity to perform, I feel blessed.”
Other seniors who performed at the pro day were athletic offensive linemen Darryl Rodgers, defensive linemen Aqua Etefia and Josh Kadar, and place kicker Brian Morgan. All seniors expressed interest in several other combine workouts for both Canadian and Arena leagues.
“I have to get paid,” said John Petty.
Last year’s pro day sent two of Grambling’s wide receivers Trumon Douglas and Chris Day invitations to NFL teams training camps, Tennessee Titans and Green Bay Packers respectively. Hopefully, this year the numbers will increase and give players a better opportunity to showcase their talents in the NFL.