Pro days are on the horizon for prospects

With the NFL Scouting Combine right around the corner (starting Feb. 24 on NFL Network), more than 300 prospects will descend upon Indianapolis to impress coaches, scouts and team executives. But that’s only the beginning of their journey, hopefully, to the NFL.

Those players will have second chances, while others not invited to the combine will get their first shot to make a case for themselves at their respective schools’ pro days.’s Gil Brandt will analyze all the numbers and provide recaps once pro days begin, which, as of now, is March 3 with Baylor kicking things off. Not every school has announced the date of their pro days, so the schedule will be updated as those dates are set. But as of now, here are some key dates to think about:

March 8 — Nick Fairley and Cam Newton, both expected to go in the top 10, will have chance to work out at Auburn’s pro day. This could be a critical day for Newton — who has already impressed folks with a personal workout last week — in terms of solidifying himself as a bona fide top-flight quarterback, potentially the first one taken.

March 8 — Arkansas hosts its pro day, and the focus will be squarely on QB Ryan Mallet and his potential as a first rounder.

March 9 — With Alabama holding its pro day, what will RB Mark Ingram do for his stock?

March 17 — Missouri will hold its pro day, and Blaine Gabbert could solidify himself as the top-overall QB.

March 30 — QB Jake Locker may have a chance to work his way up the charts with a strong workout at Washington’s pro day.

Be sure to check the schedule once pro days begin.

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