March 17, 2010
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State held its annual Pro Day Wednesday afternoon (March 17) at the Duffy Daugherty Indoor Football Building. Twelve seniors from the 2009 team auditioned in front of National Football League scouts in preparation for the upcoming NFL Draft.
"We didn't have a lot of players out here, but the guys that we had performed very, very well," said MSU head coach Mark Dantonio, who attended Pro Day. "It's a good thing and it gives them a shot. It puts them in the ballgame and allows people to take note of them. They're going to have opportunities."
Several scouts in attendance paid close attention to Blair White, MSU's leading receiver the past two seasons. White posted impressive numbers at the NFL Combine in February, leading all wide receivers in the 60-yard shuttle while also ranking second in the 20-yard shuttle and third in the 3-cone drill. The Saginaw, Mich., native felt like he performed well again at MSU's Pro Day.
"I think I did a little better today, I felt more fresh," said White, a first-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches last year after catching 70 passes for 990 yards and nine touchdowns. "I rested a little more and emphasized the things that needed emphasis.
"This is a different atmosphere (compared to the combine). At the combine, you have a lot more people watching you and probably a little more pressure. Here you're in a better atmosphere, it's controlled, you know what you're going to get as far as people around you. You kind of use that combine experience to help you here and you're probably a little more relaxed, and that's what I was. I think it helped me."
"Blair White is a great example for our players in terms of how to work and how to set and make a goal," said Dantonio. "He's had to work through the issues and problems in attaining that goal and how to move beyond expectations. He's constantly challenging himself. I think he has a goal and a plan, just like a lot of people, but he understands how to apply that plan and work through that plan, and that's the separation there.
"Blair is very focused," Dantonio said on what he tells scouts regarding White. "He demands excellence of himself, which I think is huge. He's a self starter. All the intangible things, he's got great skills, he's made himself into a tremendous wide receiver. He's very confident - you guys watched the drills, he didn't drop one. He ran under 4.5 on six different watches numerous times. He's a good player. There's a reason why he's so deeply respected here."
In addition to White, Trevor Anderson, Brandon Denson, Danny Fortener, Ashton Henderson, A.J. Jimmerson, Michael Jordan, Joel Nitchman, Brett Swenson, Jeremy Ware, Ross Weaver and Marcus Webb participated in the event.
The NFL Draft is set for April 22-24 in New York City.