Well-traveled Western Illinois players chase NFL dream

Sometimes, if the scouts aren’t willing to come to your pro day, you have to bring pro day to the scouts. That’s exactly what nine athletes from Western Illinois University did when they traveled about 175 miles east to the campus of Northwestern University to work out indoors on FieldTurf for talent evaluators from 20 teams.

The three-hour road trip was well worth it for a couple of prospects:

Cornerback Patrick Stoudamire (5-10 1/2, 206) ran 4.52 and 4.55 in the 40-yard dash, had a 31-inch vertical leap, a 9-11 broad jump, 4.14 short shuttle, 7.00 three-cone drill and completed 11 bench press repetitions at 225 pounds. Stoudamire came to Western Illinois to play basketball but made the switch to football after his freshman year.

The other NFL hopeful who impressed scouts never even played football at the school. Joseph Wielgat (6-6 1/8, 243) played rugby at Western Illinois and worked out as a tight end at the pro day. He ran 4.69 and 4.66 in the 40-yard dash.

–Gil Brandt

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