*Several prospects that either weren't invited to the NFL Combine or wanted to build off of strong drill performances participated in select pro days Tuesday. *
Michael Strauss, University of Richmond's record holder in completions, attempts, yards and touchdowns for a single-season, is hoping to take his game to the next level.
In three seasons with the Spiders, Strauss threw for 7,853 yards and 57 touchdowns to 20 interceptions.
During his junior season in 2013, Strauss burst onto the Division 1-AA scene, throwing for 3,808 yards and 26 touchdowns in just 12 games.
Against the Delaware Blue Hens that year, Strauss had a career day, connecting on 35-of-46 passes for 543 yards and five touchdowns.
Despite his success at the collegiate level, though, Strauss was not invited to the NFL Combine in Indianapolis last month.
That made his pro day in Mechanicsville, Va., even more important in showing scouts he's got the tools needed to run an NFL offense.
"It felt good," Strauss told ABC8 News. "Obviously you can do better out here, but I'm pretty happy with my performance, pretty happy with how I tested and we'll see where it goes from here."
Strauss knows there's going to be times where he's going to make mistakes, but that a fear of failure will not stop him from making tight and necessary throws.
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"I can do it all; there's not a throw I'm scared to make," he said. "That's what I tried to prove out here."
Other Pro Day Notes From 3/17
- According to CalBears.com, wide receiver Chris Harper clocked in at 6.9 seconds in the three-cone drill and registered a 35-inch vertical jump. The Bear's second leading receiver during the 2014 season with 52 receptions for 634 yards and six touchdowns, Harper decided to enter the NFL early. While he wasn't at the NFL Combine last month, he believes his performance at the pro day in Berkeley, Calif., showed he's got the physical components to play in the NFL. "I think it went pretty well," Harper said. "I'm happy with the performance I put out. A couple of teams told me I did well today and that they would be contacting me within the next couple of weeks to go on visits."
- Running back Malcom Agnew and tight end Mycole Pruitt were among those who participated at Southern Illinois' pro day. Pruitt – who ran a tight end best 4.58-second 40-yard dash at the combine along with jumping a 38-inch vertical – said he used the pro day to show his game includes more than just athletic ability. "I wanted to catch the ball cleanly and crisply and prove that I hustle every day," he said to the Daily Egyptian. "I feel like I did that today."