HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - With the 2017 NFL Draft on April 27 quickly approaching, Tuesday was an opportunity for several Golden Eagles to showcase their talents at Southern Miss Pro Day.
Former Southern Miss football players Cameron Tom, Nick Mullens, Dylan Bradley, Elijah Parker, D'Nerius Antoine, JaBoree Poole, Wil Freeman, Brandon Farmer, Oliver Bates, C.J. Perry, Ricky Parks, Tyler Sarrazin, D.J. Thompson and Casey Martin all competed in drills in front of NFL scouts represented by all 32 teams.
"Just to prove that I can throw," Mullens said. "Prove that I'm big enough, strong enough, fast enough and I can make all the throws. Mentally I know I can do it and now I just got to get people believing. That's what I tried to come out here and do [Tuesday]."
USM's all-time leader in passing yards (11,994) and touchdowns (87), Mullens said he plans to meet with the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday. Leading up to Pro Day, Mullens trained with fellow Golden Eagle teammates Tom, Bradley and Freeman at the Healthplex in Madison.
"We all just trained and pushed each other to the limit and today you saw it paid off," Bradley said. "All of us, Tom had a solid day, Nick [Mullens] had a good day and Wil [Freeman] also had a good day."
Bradley, who has a meeting with the Minnesota Vikings planned, said he talked to former Golden Eagle and Detroit Lions defensive tackle Khyri Thornton about what to expect on Pro Day.
"I talked to Khyri Thornton who played for the Detroit Lions," Bradley said. "He just told me [Pro Day] is a day you don't want to be stressed out, you don't want to be too worried. You just want to come out, have fun and put on a show."
"I was lucky enough to work with [former USM quarterback and Pro Football Hall of Famer] Brett Favre," Mullens said. "Definitely not a teammate but a former Golden Eagle. The advice he gave me was just worry about what you can control, take it one step at a time, enjoy the process and if you give it all you got, you're going to get an opportunity."
Southern Miss has had a player drafted by an NFL team for five straight years.
Tom, who met with a Miami Dolphins scout and took a general intelligence test on Tuesday, might have the best chance among Golden Eagles of hearing his name called on April 27. Tom is currently ranked sixth among centers according to NFLDraftScout.com.
"Staying in shape cause you never know when you might get a call about a workout or something," Tom said. "Staying in shape and being patient. Those are really the big things."
Tom said he also has a meeting with the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday.