One prospect is aiming to increase his visibility, another is looking to reestablish his, but both are using the platform of the combine to accomplish those goals.
Josh Freeman, a rising quarterback prospect, is trying to gain more exposure after playing in relative anonymity at Kansas State.
Boise State RB Ian Johnson, on the other hand, is attempting to regain some of the attention he received two years ago at the Fiesta Bowl.
You might remember Johnson as the guy who scored a 2-point conversion on a Statue of Liberty play in overtime to stun Oklahoma. Or you may remember him as the guy who celebrated the touchdown by getting down on one knee and proposing to his cheerleader girlfriend on the field.
Unfortunately, Johnson has not had as much publicity since that moment. He received dwindling carries in each of the past two seasons and despite honing his overall skill set, his reduced numbers caused him to steadily slide out of the national spotlight.
At the combine, he is hoping to remind scouts and coaches who he is and show off his improved versatility and knowledge of the game.
“The best thing is, I’ve got my foot in the door. People say ‘Oh, that’s Ian Johnson, I’m going to watch,’ and then when I run my 40, ‘Oh wow, maybe he is more than just a guy who proposed.’ When I bench press, they’re going to say, ‘Hey wow, he can get down on a knee, but he can also bench,’” Johnson said.
“For me it’s a good opportunity to show what I really have.”
As for Freeman, his goal is to take advantage of the combine’s large stage and make himself more recognizable.
“I just want to get my name out there, show people who I am and what I’m about. Physically people know I’m a great quarterback, but not a lot of people know that I move as well as I move or that I throw like I throw,” said Freeman.
“I want to get some exposure. Teams have seen me play, but they’ve never really seen me in person.”
Both will have their chance to shine Sunday. See their drills on NFL.com/live.