For the majority, however, the five-hour Pro Day represented a once in a lifetime opportunity to train in front of NFL coaches inside a team facility.
“I think that you will find that exposure in this business is one of the things that will help you,” Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel told the pro hopefuls. “The more exposure you get, the better opportunity you may have as you go down the road. Our whole staff is here and everybody is watching, taking notes about how you work and how you move.
But last year, the hot free agent name was NT Aubrayo Franklin. He was coming off a year in which he received the franchise tag, which made many of us think that he was one of the top nose tackles.
GM Scott Pioli didn’t pursue Franklin — at least not at the $7-whatever million a year he was looking for — and many of us, myself included, thought that was a mistake. A year later, and avoiding Franklin doesn’t look like such a bad move.
We are nearly a month into free agency and Franklin, who is currently an unrestricted free agent, has barely heard his name mentioned. ESPN reported on Tuesday that he was visiting the Seattle Seahawks.
Along with a workout with the Kansas City Chiefs scheduled for later this month, he’s also got a workout scheduled with several Canadian Football League teams on April 24 in Houston.
“The feedback we’ve got on Clarence is that he’s met all the scouts expectations, and that he’s very precise in his routes, that he gets out of his breaks extremely quickly … great instincts,” Upton said. “And you can see how that, with his speed, could translate well to the fields in the CFL because they’re wider and longer.”