Penn State's Pro Day kicked off Tuesday afternoon inside Holuba Hall, allowing perhaps one of the best classes the Nittany Lions have ever had to showcase their skills and talent to a huge group of NFL scouts.
Here was the list of future NFL hopefuls:
The plethora of scouts that were in attendance included folks from the Lions, Cardinals, Steelers, Jets, Redskins, Panthers, Saints, Bills, Texans (Bill!), Rams, Patriots, Chiefs, Browns, Dolphins, Cowboys, Eagles, Giants, Falcons, Vikings, Buccaneers, and Packers -- all of which have many open rosters spots to fill. Because of the huge slate of guys Penn State possesses, many of the open positions on each of these teams could be found in this Pro Day class.
As expected, all eyes were on potential top-5 pick Saquon Barkley. Even though the generational running back didn't participate in any drills, it didn't stop the media from constantly pushing their cameras into his beautifully sculpted face.
Just in: People would like to talk to Saquon Barkley. pic.twitter.com/JdXNZgCj1F— Sean Fitz (@seanfitz247) March 20, 2018
Perhaps the biggest stories of the day stat-wise were thanks to Christian Campbell and DaeSean Hamilton.
Campbell started things right of the bat for Penn State, throwing down a broad jump of 11' 3". The best broad jump at the Combine was an 11' 4". Woof.
Star of Penn State Pro Day? All eyes on cornerback Christian Campbell ... pic.twitter.com/V1Q2QdN1r0— Frank Bodani (@YDRPennState) March 20, 2018
He also clocked in at a massive vertical of 41" -- if he would've done this at the NFL Combine, Campbell would've taken second place among all players, just half-an-inch behind Mike Gesicki and tied with Troy Apke and Barkley. Dude can jump. He demanded a ton of attention during his drill sets, and it was well-deserved.
As far as Hamilton's success, he ran a blistering 4.47 for his 40 time. He elected not to run the 40 during the Combine, and it seems that decision really paid off for him. According to Hamilton, his speed is what hinders him, as it's what raises the biggest questions from NFL scouts.
DaeSean Hamilton says the biggest question mark among NFL teams is his speed. He believes he sent a message today, referencing a 4.47 in the 40-yard dash. Significantly faster than he ran during college career.— Tyler Donohue (@TDsTake) March 20, 2018
Colts, Giants, Steelers are among teams he consistently hears from. pic.twitter.com/MGIXd3sMSU
A wild guess and a shot in the dark predicts he won't here that question asked much at all anymore.
Mike Gesicki, naturally, had an excellent showing for himself and really proved that he should be one of top tight ends to go in this year's draft. There's a serious chance he could be taken in the first round with the numbers he keeps consistently putting up. Gesicki, being the athletic freak that he is, also showed how great his hands are as well
Mike Gesicki impressive today working the route tree. Hasn't dropped a pass yet, snagged a few tough ones, has drawn some audible reactions from NFL scouts.— Tyler Donohue (@TDsTake) March 20, 2018
The record-setting #PennState tight end aims to lock himself in as a first-round draft pick. pic.twitter.com/wPnFNTk00q
Defensive back Marcus Allen, the sweet boy that he is, graced everyone's timeline with a little promo video to introduce the work he put in -- "Comin' live from Chico's Hive"
He was another guy who opted to sit out the 40-yard dash at the Combine, proved that his speed is nothing to worry about. Calm, cool, and collected, the DB had himself a day.
Other notables were linebacker Jason Cabinda sharing a few words with Steelers GM Kevin Colbert. It's a well-known fact Pittsburgh is in the hunt for a new middle linebacker to fill in for the unfortunate loss of Ryan Shazier. Cabinda would slot in nicely there alongside fellow Big Tener T.J. Watt. That'd be a scary defense to line up against.
All in all, it was a brilliant pro day for the Nittany Lions, as we all expected it to be. All that's left now is to watch and see which Penn State players' names start lighting up the big board at the 2018 Draft in Arlington, Texas come April 26.