Former Viking Players Take Part in NFL Pro Days
MARSHALL, MO -- Two former Missouri Valley College football players recently took part in Pro Day exercises in front of NFL scouts. Offensive Lineman Stephon Kelly took part in a Pro Day at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, N.Y. Also, Defensive Back LaQuentin Black took part in a Pro Day at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph.
Kelly went through various drills, clocking in with a time of 5.19 seconds in the 40-yard dash and finishing with 27 reps in the 225-pound bench press.
"I think I performed well," said Kelly. "I could have done better, but my results were still good for my position. I was a little nervous when the day first started, but was at a scouting combine in Alabama recently, so that took some of the nerves off for today."
Kelly said he will wait and see what happens when the NFL Draft comes up in late April, and that he is already receiving interest from teams in the Canadian Football League. Kelly was a two-time first team all-Heart of America Athletic Conference selection as an offensive lineman for the Vikings, helping guide MVC to back-to-back HAAC championships, two appearances in the NAIA Championship Series, and a semifinal appearance in 2012.
Black took part in a Pro Day in front of over 20 NFL teams at Missouri Western State University. Black clocked in with a time of 4.3 seconds in the 40-yard dash, had a vertical jump of 40.5 inches and a broad jump of 11 feet 5 inches. Had Black been invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in February his broad jump distance would have placed him third overall amongst participants, which is made up of mostly NCAA Division I athletes.
"It was an honor to represent Missouri Valley College in front of NFL Scouts," says Black. "I'm grateful for the chance to fulfill a lifelong dream of getting the chance to play professional football."
Black plans to wait until the NFL Draft in late April before making any decisions. Black was a 2012 first team all-HAAC selection at cornerback and kick returner and helped lead the Vikings to the HAAC championship and semifinal appearance in the NAIA Championship Series.