The 2018 NFL Combine has come to a close, but the fun is just beginning, as individual schools are set to host pro days nationwide throughout the month of March and into early April.
NFL.com has released the pro day schedule, and Michigan State is set for Friday, March 23 at 12:15 p.m. MSU is one of 14 schools scheduled for that day, which includes rival Michigan (8 a.m.).
This year is a little bit different for former Spartans hoping to hear their names called on April 26 through April 28 at the NFL Draft. Center Brian Allen is likely the only Spartan who will be drafted, and was the only player from the program invited to the Combine.
Allen had a solid, but unspectacular, performance in Indianapolis. His 27 bench press reps of 225 pounds placed him in the top-10 for offensive linemen. However, Allen tested around the middle of the pack in the other drills, such as the 40-yard dash and vertical jump, and toward the bottom in the broad jump.
Allen is a mauler, not a superior athlete, so he tested about where you would expect him to in speed and athleticism drills. He is currently projected to go somewhere between the sixth and seventh round, according to NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein. Though Zierlein also notes that he could fall out of the draft and bea priority free agent.
Unsurprisingly, he was also asked about reports of misconduct at his school, according to the Detroit Free Press. Allen had informal interviews with at least 18 teams last week, saying that “a couple” of those teams asked him about the allegations.
Michigan State has yet to announce the 2018 pro day participants, and we will update that once its known. In addition to Allen, we can probably expect to see Demetrius Cooper, Chris Frey, Gerald Holmes and a few others. Cooper could work his way into the end of the draft with a good pro day performance.
Last year’s pro day included 19 players, with two players being drafted — Malik McDowell and Montae Nicholson. This year’s pro day will feature far less, as the 2017 roster only included 13 seniors, and not a single underclassmen declared for the NFL Draft.
Last year, 37 members of various personnel offices, representing 30 NFL teams, made their way to the Duffy Daugherty Football Building indoor practice facility.