Even without stars, Temple’s Pro Day brings NFL teams to town
Temple defensive back Sean Chandler performs in a drill at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine on Monday, March 5, 2018, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)
PHILADELPHIA — Temple’s football team the past two years sent players into the NFL at a unprecedented rate for the Philly school, and even with a dip in star power this year, the Owls’ Pro Day attracted attention from plenty of scouts.
Representatives from at least 22 NFL teams were on hand Monday to watch Temple players perform positional drills and combine exercises on campus. Safety Sean Chandler was the only Owls player invited to the combine, so the rest of the participants were facing a rare opportunity to leave a final mark on professional evaluators before the draft in late April.
“It’s another day to expose my talents,” wide receiver Keith Kirkwood said. “I feel like I performed well.”
While Kirkwood and most of Temple’s seniors aren’t expected to go in the draft, many hope to sign with teams as free agents.
Chandler, a three-time all-American Athletic Conference honoree, is a versatile defensive back whom experts project as a late-round pick.
Here’s the list of players that were in attendance Monday: OL Cole Boozer, OL Brian Carter, SAF Sean Chandler, DL Sharif Finch, CB Artrel Foster, WR Adonis Jennings, OL Leon Johnson, CB Mike Jones, WR Keith Kirkwood, LS Josh Lang, LS Corey Lerch, DL Jacob Martin, FB Nick Sharga, LB Chris Smith, P Alex Starzyk, OL Adrian Sullivan, DT Jullian Taylor and DT Greg Webb.
And these are the teams with representatives PennLive spotted at the Pro Day: Bills, Giants, Eagles, Titans, Browns, Buccaneers, Colts, Redskins, Steelers, Texans, 49ers, Raiders, Jaguars, Bears, Lions, Bengals, Jets, Cardinals, Seahawks, Packers, Dolphins and Chiefs.
PennLive’s Daniel Gallen contributed reporting.