Florida State Football: 3 Players with the Most to Prove at Pro Day

Perry Kostidakis@perrykosContributor IFebruary 28, 2014

Florida State Football: 3 Players with the Most to Prove at Pro Day

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    The journey to the NFL draft is a long one. It's not about just showing up at the combine and waiting from there. There are numerous events and workouts in which players must perform well to secure an ideal spot. 

    Pro days, when school's host all their draft eligible players for one final time as they work out for scouts, are among the more important events. They offer a chance for players who either weren't invited to the combine or had bad showings to prove they are deserving of a shot in the NFL. 

    Some stand to gain more than others, but how a player performs at their pro day can be the difference in millions.

James Wilder Jr.

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    After a subpar performance in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, Wilder needs a successful pro day in order to earn back some of the potential money he could have lost.

    This shouldn't be too difficult.

    Wilder is a physical freak. He has some scouts drooling at the mouth with the possibilities of what he could bring to a team. 

    His main focus should be on working on his form for the 40. A huge reason his time was slower than most was his form. This is coachable, and it would be a shock if his time didn't improve.

    By all means, he should be drafted, but a successful pro day would do wonders in helping where he gets selected. 

Lamarcus Joyner

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    Another player who suffered from a slow 40 was Lamarcus Joyner. However, it seemed to be more of a fluke in Joyner's case, as the defensive back is known for his speed.

    Pro day will be a chance for him to show off that speed, in addition to solidifying his status as a potential first-rounder. 

    In terms of money, Joyner may have the most to gain. He is currently in limbo, projected as either a first- or second-round player. A solid showing would help ease the minds of scouts who are concerned about his size. First-round money could easily be his.

Kenny Shaw

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    Shaw exploded as a senior in 2013, finishing with 933 yards and six touchdowns, but failed to receive an invite to the NFL Scouting Combine.

    Pro day will be one of his few chances to make an impression on scouts. Therefore, he needs to have a big day in Doak Campbell. 

    He has all the tools one would want in a wide receiver. He is quick, can make a move and has great route--running skills. His biggest knock, of course, is his size. At 170 pounds, Shaw is smaller than most wide receivers, but he makes up for it by playing tough. He gets hit hard, but usually pops right back up after it. 

    If he can have a good showing at pro day, Shaw could see himself on an NFL roster come September.