Pro Day is supposed to be a chance for players to show NFL scouts what a pro prospect can do. Florida A&M seniors never got that chance.
FAMU’s Pro Day showcase had zero NFL scouts show up, according to Tallahassee.com.
The Pro Day was originally set to take place at 8 AM on Thursday
Florida State, the ACC program that also calls Tallahassee home, had its pro day at 1 PM. Scouts went across town, but never came back to FAMU.
“It was a combo of a lack of communication. I can’t place the blame solely on them (scouts),” FAMU head coach Willie Simmons told Tallahassee.com.
“We have to do something on our end too. I don’t foresee this being a problem in the future. We’ll set the date a lot earlier and run it that way. This is two years in a row of using the same day as FSU. It’s not helping us to piggyback off them. I feel bad for the guys who put in work over the last few months. It’s not a combine where people are going to show up. We’re asking people to come out and see us. Hopefully, in the future, we never have this again.”
Former Rattler linebacker Akil Blount took to Twitter to express his disappointment with the situation, and the program.
“Want to have a complete program certain things can’t just be neglected. Pro day is a critical part and the coaches should be involved in getting on the phone with scouts and seniors campaign,” Blount wrote.
Blount played under former coach Alex Woods at FAMU before earning a camp invite to the Miami Dolphins when his career was over.
Alcorn State found itself in a similar situation last year after several of its prospects participated in the University of Southern Mississippi’s Pro Day prior to ASU’s.