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Defensive end Finesse Middleton works out for NFL scouts at USA Pro Day.

Defensive end Finesse Middleton works out for NFL scouts at USA Pro Day.

Hannah Blackburn

Hannah Blackburn

Defensive end Finesse Middleton works out for NFL scouts at USA Pro Day.

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University of South Alabama football players had the opportunity to display their athletic prowess for NFL scouts at Pro Day in the football field house on April 6.

Scouts representing the Philadelphia Eagles, Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, Tennessee Titans, San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons were among the teams from the National Football League.

So far, only one player from the USA has made it to the NFLtight end Gerald Everett, who was drafted in 2017 by the Los Angeles Rams.

Players participated in various events such as the 40-yard dash, bench pressing weights, vertical jump, long jumping as well as defensive and offensive drills to show off their abilities.

Safety Jeremy Reaves has already visited with multiple teams including the Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints and plans to continue his journey to the NFL this weekend as he heads to see the current Super Bowl champions, the Eagles in Philidelphia. During his college career, Reaves recorded 208 solo tackles, including one game last season in which he had 11 solo tackles. Reaves also recorded eight interceptions, eight forced fumbles and 1.5 sacks. On Pro Day, the Senior Bowl participant recorded a 31-inch vertical leap, a 9-foot-2-inch broad jump and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.66 seconds.

“It feels great to be out here, to be back home and get a workout in,” Reaves said as he adorned cleats with signatures of encouragement written on them.

“I feel like I did my chain of direction stuff well and also did my skill really well and that was my whole goal. It’s a blessing, and you put your best foot forward, anything can happen. Throughout my life there have been guys that said I was too small or not fast enough and that’s just my motivation to help me work harder. This is every kid’s dream.”

Defensive end Finesse Middleton who recorded 21 bench press reps, ran his 40-yard dash in 4.81 seconds and ran his 3-cone drill at 7.03 seconds, has been waiting his whole life for this opportunity.

“I have already met with New Orleans and Cincinnati, and will be visiting other teams over the weekend,” Middleton said. “Nothing is set in stone yet, but I would be happy going anywhere. I have played ever since I was five and have always had a football in my hand ever since then. I thank God for giving me this opportunity. I feel truly blessed.”

Other notable highlights from Pro Day include Xavier Johnson, USA’s all-time leading rusher who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.59 seconds.

Wide receiver and defensive back Quinton Lane, ran the 40-yard dash in 4.42 and 4.47 seconds, and his vertical and broad jumps came in at 40.5 inches and 10-feet-1-inch respectively.

Linebacker Darrell Songy recorded 24 reps at 225 pounds. From knocking down tackling dummies, to running sprints and routes, the Jaguar football program has produced a lot of potential professionals.

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