Mar 20, 2014; Notre Dame, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish former football players Zack Martin (left) and Chris Watt run a drill during Notre Dame pro day at the Guglielmino Athletics Complex. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

If a Pro Day happens in the woods, and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?


The Pro Day

Wikipedia describes Pro Days as:

“Each university has a Pro Day, during which the NCAA allows NFL scouts to visit the school and watch players participate in NFL Combine events together. (Some smaller universities join with nearby schools.) Essentially job fairs for prospective NFL players,[64] pro days are held under the belief that players feel more comfortable at their own campus than they do at the Combine, which in turn leads to better performances. College teams which produce a large quantity of NFL prospects generally generate huge interest from scouts and coaches at their Pro Days.”

We all know of the buzz about the Pro Days of the main players in this draft. The media circus that surrounds each one of players in the spotlight, pointing out things that were either already known, already skeptical of, or things like what a players favorite Drake song is.

But what about the Pro Days that no one hears about? The ones that happen at smaller schools with capable athletes who will likely get drafted in the later rounds, but could still significantly increase a NFL teams potential in the following years? For the sake of Houston sports, lets take a look at some of the positions the Texans need. As well some of them that are currently in them, have previously been, and some of most talked about, and their lesser known counterparts in their Pro Days around the country.

 

Quarterback

Johnny Football #Johnnyday (Texas A&M)

GM Rick Smith watching. #Texans pic.twitter.com/JCmmgV8qRh

— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) March 27, 2014

Jimmy Garrappalo (Eastern Illinois)

We met him at the combine, Jimmy Garoppolo continues to impress. #PrepareToWin @JimmyG_10! http://t.co/VM5kMJsGVg pic.twitter.com/OsJnePeU8M

— Eastbay (@Eastbay) March 5, 2014

Tom Savage (Pitt)

Pitt Football Pro Day 2014 | Aaron Donald / Devin Street / Tom Savage | PittLiveWire http://t.co/fDY3i4MoNw they are representing well #H2P

— Pat Amara ?? (@_PatLiveFrom215) March 3, 2014

Offensive Tackle:

Duane Brown

Pacquaio mom just put a hex on Bradley ??????

— Duane Brown (@DuaneBrown76) April 13, 2014

Zack Martin (Notre Dame)

Epic smack down!! @MGolicJR57 @thegob70 throwing down at Notre Dame pro day. Priceless!!!?beast mode!!! pic.twitter.com/XCJElg0ws2

— City360tv (@city360tv) March 21, 2014

6’4 308 lbs, started almost 40+ games since 2011. Captained more games than anyone in the schools history. Smart, natural leader. Didn’t even participate in the combine or much in Notre Dames Pro Day. Projected 1st round, top 10 pick.

Click here for more on Martin.

 

Defensive End:

JJ Watt

No dream is too big if you have the right attitude & work ethic. Stop making excuses and start making things happen. #DreamBigWorkHard

— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) March 26, 2014

Franchise this guy faster.

Jadeveon Clowney (South Carolina)

Jadeveon Clowney is the cover of the Sunday NYT sports section, and it looks incredible. #GoCocks pic.twitter.com/AE8Sm2gXXI

— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) August 25, 2013

Linebacker:

Whitney Mercilus

Here’s Whitney Mercilus on the #Texans defense, Jadeveon Clowney and Johnny Manziel: http://t.co/TywE9qw6Zv

— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaro) April 12, 2014

All -American, All-MAC, All everything. Lead team in tackles, tackles for loss, sacks, forced fumbles, and pass breakups in many different years. Didn’t get one offer letter to a college besides Buffalo and Liberty. Projected top 10 pick.

Khalil Mack, a OLB who some project JAX to pick, had his Pro Day today. Here’s how it went: http://t.co/txjbeqwXZ9. pic.twitter.com/wQNR8Gqsvt

— Jacksonville Jaguars (@jaguars) March 4, 2014

Safety

Ed Reed

Kicker/Punter Randy Bullock

Duck Dynasty is back! — Randy Bullock (@randybullock28) August 15, 2013

Pat O’Donnell (Miami)

Miami’s Punter Pat O’Donnell had 23 reps at 225, Clowney had 21. O’Donnell also ran 4.64, 0.17 seconds slower than Clowney — Mark Blankenbaker (@UofLSheriff50) February 24, 2014

Pat wanted to work out at a Pro Day, but was told not to bother with going through drills. He ran a 4.62-second 40-yard dash and posting more reps on the bench press than Jadeveon Clowney. He probably wont even be drafted in the NFL.

Coach

Gary Kubiak

5 Houston Texans Who #shouldn’t Be Back In 2014 – In less than two months the free agency… http://t.co/E3i89w09N2 #GaryKubiak #RonRivera — Sports News Junkie (@SportNewsJunkie) January 28, 2014

Bill O’Brien

“He’s a football genius.” @LSUfball‘s @MettShow talked about the #Texans Bill O’Brien. MORE: http://t.co/ET72JROO7w pic.twitter.com/sM1bo2vgy6

— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) April 11, 2014

 

Heres to hoping the Texans for a little more JJ Watt and a little less Ed Reed this year. As well as hoping the Texans front office uses a little more than a combination of Pro Days, hearsay, Drizzy Drake, and thinking outside the box, to solidify a winning team for us Houstonians.

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