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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

What to watch for at Rutgers' NFL pro day

By Tyler Barto
Twitter: @Tyler_Barto

Rutgers is one of 12 schools nationally hosting pro days Wednesday, when a few interesting prospects could vault themselves into an NFL Draft discussion.

Here's everything you need to know in Piscataway:

THE WHO (starters participating): OT Andre Civil, WR Brandon Coleman, FS Jeremy Deering, QB Chas Dodd, DT Isaac Holmes, LB Jamal Merrell, DE Jamil Merrell, WR Quron Pratt, DE Marcus Thompson, CB Lew Toler.

A behind-the-scenes look at a Rutgers player's pro day tests

TV: RVision,

THE PROCESS: The 18 total Rutgers players involved begin the day in the Hale Center, where NFL scouts (all 32 teams were represented last year) will measure them and jot down their bench-press totals.

Pro day drills (in this order: vertical jump, broad jump, 40-yard dash, three-cone/shuttle, positional drills) follow in Rutgers' practice bubble, where football alumni, agents and families can take in the action.

THE HYPE: Coleman is the only consensus non-third-day pick and could solidify his status as a second- or third-rounder, depending on how much he chooses to do (at 6-foot-6, he ran a 4.56 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine).

"He told us that he loved the experience," Pratt said of Coleman. "It’s a great thing, not for him but for the program to be another Rutgers guy there. ... He’s going to be there March 12, ready to run his routes over again, little things and be there for us. A lot of scouts can come because he’s there. He’s a high pick in the draft.”

Deering, Jamal and Jamal Merrell and Thompson should test well and could be intriguing flyer prospects.

MORE PRO DAY READING: Pratt gives his bet on Rutgers' top performer

Head coach Kyle Flood says Pratt will impress scouts

Mike Mayock offers combine take on Rutgers' Coleman

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