Pro Day thoughts

College football programs are judged on wins and losses.

Army is on the rise after an eight-win season in 2016.

Further proof of that may be the turnout of NFL teams at Army’s Pro Day Friday.

Five teams – Jets, Chiefs, Colts, Falcons and 49ers – sent scouts to West Point. And, while the number doesn’t seem like much, it trumps past Army Pro Days where one scout – from the Jets – would run the mini-combine.

After watching the combine, think it’s a pretty safe bet that linebacker Andrew King and Xavier Moss are going to get a shot at the next level. Not sure if either will be drafted but both have what NFL teams look for.

King is physically gifted (he benched 225 pounds 17 times and ran a 4.61 40-yard dash), his football IQ is off the charts as well is his leadership.

Moss looked smooth in position drills and he seems faster than 40-yard time (he was told he run a 4.55 Friday) on the field. The senior safety said he ran a 4.61 40 at a combine at the Washington Redskins facility two weeks ago. Scouts told Moss after the Pro Day that he projects as a cornerback for respective teams.

Wide receiver Edgar Poe certainly has a chance to play at the next level. Poe impressed during position work, making a diving catch that drew a reaction from those watching inside the Foley Athletic Center. How many players dive for passes during their Pro Day?

FYI, former Army quarterback Max Jenkins was throwing passes at Pro Day. Jenkins, a 2012 West Point graduate and captain in the Army, is the team’s new director of football operations.

Defensive end Eddy Ruzga is looking to follow his father’s path to the NFL. Edward Ruzga played defensive end for the Lions. Though Ruzga hasn’t received any contact from NFL teams prior to the Pro Day, he certainly left his mark. He cranked out 24 reps of 225 pounds and held his own in the agility drills.

“I’ve also been training for the Army,” Ruzga said. “I’ve been running two miles and lost a little weight…I was light today (240 pounds). I’ve been a little stressed out with mid-terms.”

NFL teams that don’t know much about Ruzga should watch Army’s 2015 game at Penn State where he had a sack and another tackle for loss.

Some Pro Day numbers (from my observations)
Bench press (225 pounds): Eddy Ruzga 24; Andrew King 17; Edgar Poe 6; Xavier Moss 5.
Vertical jump: King 36.5 inches; Moss 33.5; Poe 33.5; Ruzga 31.5.
Broad jump: Moss 10 feet, 2 inches; Poe 10 feet; King 9 feet, 10 inches.

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