The eyes of the NFL were on Southern Miss as the football team held their annual pro-day for NFL scouts to take in.
NFL teams included the Falcons, Saints, Bears, Rams, among others, and a few Canadian Football League teams were also in attendance.
Notable Southern Miss offensive attendees included wide-receiver Tracy Lampley and offensive tackle Jason Weaver. GoldenEaglePride.com caught up with both Golden Eagles after the event to get their thoughts on what had transpired.
Receiver Tracy Lampley got his first chance to impress scouts at the pro-day. He said he enjoyed the day, and was mostly simply thankful for the opportunity to attend.
“I'm just thankful to God for the opportunity,” Lampley said. “I put it all out there on the field and left it there.”
Lampley reiterated his thanks for the opportunity presented by the pro-day, and also pointed out that he really only needed to impress one organization to get a chance in the NFL.
“I really enjoyed myself today,” the Golden Eagle receiver said. “I'm just putting it in God's hands that he'll put it in one organization or GM to give me an opportunity to show my skills.”
Injuries plagued Lampley throughout the season in 2012, but the receiver said he was back to full speed for his pro-day performance.
“I felt like I was back to my normal self and I felt good,” Lampley said. “I think I laid down a good time in the 40-yard dash. I just need one team to believe in me and have faith in me.”
Although Lampley said the NFL is his dream, he is certainly keeping his options open to playing in Canada.
“If the NFL happens, it happens,” Lampley said. “If not, and the Canadian league happens, that's fine too. I just want to play football again for a little while. It's something I enjoy doing, and I'll do it anywhere.”
Lampley said he believes his versatility will help him throughout the professional process. “It should definitely help,” Lampley said. “Everyone tells me to make the roster on special teams, and that’s second nature to me. I can always bring that to the table, so I think that's good.”
For offensive tackle Jason Weaver, the pro-day was his second opportunity to get a look from scouts.
Weaver was invited to attend the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis in late February, where he had the chance to showcase his skills to every NFL team. Weaver wore his combine gear at the pro-day, and said he viewed at as a point of pride the he was invited to attend the combine in Indy.
Weaver said his main goal was to build on what he was able to do at the combine. “My goal today was really just to improve on my numbers from the combine,” Weaver said. “I think I did that, so overall I think I had a really good day today."
As for hearing from teams, Weaver said he thinks it's a little to early in the process. “I haven't really heard from anyone specific yet,” Weaver said. “I'm just hoping to grab a team's eye and get an opportunity.”
The big lineman is not sure yet if NFL teams will ask him to move inside to play guard, or keep in in the tackle position.
He's willing to do either.
“I'll do whatever it takes to help the ball club,” Weaver said. “Whatever I can do to help the team, I'll do it. I”ll play any position on the offensive line.”
Both Golden Eagle players had a solid day at the pro-day, and both are looking forward to the chance to continue their career at the next level, wherever that may be.
There were plenty of scouts in attendance to see what both players had to offer, so only time will tell whether they were able to catch a team's eye. Whatever happens, both players simply want an opportunity to continue their career, and to help a team win.