In what seems to be an annual occurrence, everyone was downright giddy after FAU seniors lifted, ran and did something called the V-Tech in front of NFL scouts on Thursday.
Maybe I'm getting caught up in the hoopla, but this looks like the year FAU finally has a player drafted. This time I mean it.
Last year, it looked like linebacker Frantz Joseph was a lock to have his name called, but it wasn't to be.
This season, there are a few options and the odds are better than before we might get to hear Mel Kiper talk about an Owl.
Take quarterback Rusty Smith. Smith has already locked up a workout with the Dolphins next month and could have many more especially after his solid performance Thursday.
Showing off his shorter throwing motion, Smith looked comfortable and maybe even looked better than before his October injury to his non-throwing shoulder. Most impressive was his accuracy on a breezy day.
Remember when Howard Schnellenberger declared Smith destined to be a first-round pick? OK, that's not going to happen, but I dint think it's too big of a stretch to think Smith could be drafted in the late rounds by a team gambling that Smith will come into his own and cut down on interceptions with his new delivery.
Do you remember when Jason Harmon used to be tight end don't you? Thursday was the day he officially became a halfback-receiver as that's what scouts project him to be. It will be an easy transition for Harmon because it's speed and his hands which have always been his best attributes.
Harmon didn't have the best Pro Day, but he's fortunate that he worked out for scouts at the Texas vs. Nation game.
Also, I was skeptical about fullback Willie Rose's chances until I saw his performance on Thursday. He definitely made an impression on the scouts that were there as he was asked to go through extra drills so they could evaluate him some more.
If Rose can keep working hard, he could wind up getting a few tryouts as well.
I'm going out on a limb - something I rarely do, but I expect an Owl to be drafted this season, breaking a drought that has gone on for way too long.Owl LinksWhat's being written about the Owls
FAUOwlAccess.com was out at the Pro Day all day and provided this recap
along with video highlights
and an easy-to-read compilation
of how each player's official results.
We also have a preview
of the home baseball series with Boston College this weekend. Owl CalYour calendar to FAU events
6:30 p.m., Baseball: Boston College at FAU
11 a.m. Women's Hoops: FAU vs. New Orleans, Sun Belt Conference Tournament, Hot Springs, Ark.
2 p.m. Hoops: FAU vs. South Alabama, Sun Belt Conference Tournament, Hot Springs, Ark.
4 p.m. Baseball: Boston College at FAU
1 p.m., Baseball: Boston College at FAU