Local athletes show their skills at NFL pro day

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – This was the day college football players had been looking forward to their whole lives.

22News was at UMass Amherst for pro day and spoke with some athletes. Pro day means scouts from about a dozen NFL teams were watching the athletes’ every move to see if they have what it takes to be a pro.

Football players from UMass Amherst, Amherst College and Westfield State showed the scouts their strength and speed.

The most challenging and important test was the “forty-yard” test. They had to sprint as fast as they could while all the scouts held out their stopwatches to time them.

Eight UMass players were part of that test, two others, including tight end Rob Blanchflower, are contenders, but were injured today.

Blanchflower told 22News, “Growing up, every kid wants to be an NFL football player and wants to get invited to the combine, and the Senior Bowl, and have pro day at their college. Guys are real nervous, but it’s like game day; you get the butterflies a little bit, but you get excited, so I’m confident my teammates are going to do well.”

Blanchflower said he’s in talks with several teams already, even though he couldn’t get on the field.

The New England Patriots’ scouts helped coordinate pro day.

Others represented the New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos, and Atlanta Falcons, to name a few.

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