Increase in NFL attendance shows improvement at North Texas

Representatives from 16 NFL teams –including a special teams coach from the Denver Broncos — were present Wednesday for North Texas’ pro day, which was held outdoors on FieldTurf.

Brelan Chancellor, WR (5-foot-8 1/2, 188 pounds) — Chancellor ran the 40-yard dash in 4.95 seconds against the wind and 4.54 seconds with the wind. He had a 41-inch vertical jump and 10-foot-1 broad jump. He ran the short shuttle in 4.16 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.84 seconds. He performed 15 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. Chancellor caught the ball well in the positional workout. He also excels as a return specialist — he was the 2013 Conference USA Special Teams Player of the Year — and fielded punts from a JUGS machine, and did a good job of doing so despite strong winds. Chancellor is a likely priority free-agent pickup following the conclusion of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Derek Thompson, QB (6-2 3/4, 218) — Thompson ran the 40 in 4.90 seconds against the wind and 4.84 seconds with the wind. He had a 32-inch vertical jump and 9-foot broad jump. He ran the short shuttle in 4.15 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.44 seconds. Thompson is a the type of quarterback a team should bring into camp as a free agent and get an opportunity to develop because he has some upside.

Those 16 NFL teams present for North Texas’ pro day represents a dramatic increase from the four teams who were in attendance the previous year. Head coach Dan McCarney — who was the head coach at Iowa State from 1995-2006 — has turned around the Mean Green in his three seasons at the school, including a win over UNLV in the Heart of Dallas Bowl to cap a 9-4 2013 season. The opening of a brand-new stadium — Apogee Stadium — coincided with McCarney’s arrival at North Texas.

All the scouts from those 16 NFL teams in attendance were extremely happy with how the pro day was organized. They were fed a lunch following the on-field workouts and joined by the North Texas coaching staff.

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