As the Wolves gear up for off-season training camps, and eventually the upcoming season, the University prepares for its UWG Pro Day.
UWG Pro Day is slated for March 9, and the event will give opportunities for athletes from all over the state including former West Georgia Wolves.
For anyone needing clarification as to what UWG Pro Day consists of exactly, scouts will evaluate the prospects that choose to participate in the activities.
The prospects will complete an assortment of drills in hopes of eventually obtaining an opportunity in professional sports, be it in the NFL, Canadian Football League or Arena Football League.
The former NFL Europe establishment used to be a viable option for athletes at this juncture in their career, however, now the choices are incredibly narrow. With the presence of NFL Europe now gone, the competition has stiffened.
Though the chances are slim that a prospect will be selected from this particular crop of potentials, it is not impossible. In a modern football landscape that is plagued with injuries and personal hardships, chances are inevitable.
As for who receives those opportunities, that decision is left to the scouts. Which is why a pro day can be mutually beneficial for both athlete and scout.
So, for a prospect seeking the professional stage, your direction is precisely this, perform and perform well. Scouts remember the standouts and when the time comes to fill spots on roster, which is where they like to pull from.
There is also something that should be said about the overwhelming number of undrafted free agents that are enjoying a NFL careers as a starters.
Jahleel Addae, defensive back for the San Diego Chargers, is entering his third year as a starter on an NFL team. The former Central Michigan University Chippewa went undrafted in 2013, but was brought onto San Diego’s roster in a crop of 19 other undrafted free agents. At the end of training camp the decision was made to not only keep Addae but to incorporate his talent as a starter.
The NFL is littered with similar stories to Addae’s. Malcolm Butler, of the New England Patriots went undrafted in 2014. In less than a year, the former University of West Alabama Tiger has a Super Bowl championship and made the game deciding goal line interception.
“From preparation, I remembered the formation they were in … I just beat him to the route and made the play,” said Butler of the interception.
Coming from humble beginnings, under the tutelage of Coach Hall–now Head Coach of the West Georgia Wolves—the defensive star has created a reputation for himself.