NIU’s Smith, Scharping looking to impress NFL scouts

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DEKALB – The NFL Draft is about seven weeks away, and some NIU Huskies are trying to leave a strong impression on NFL scouts. The Huskies held their Pro Day Wednesday, with several Huskies working out and doing drills in front of scouts. Offensive lineman Max Scharping and defensive lineman Sutton Smith are the two Huskies most likely to hear their names called on draft day.

Smith did not go through drills at Pro Day after just finishing at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis earlier this week. Scharping went through the Combine last week, so he did go through drills once again to show off his agility and strength. They think they’ve shown off some of their best attributes for the scouts over the past couple of weeks.

“When you’ve been dreaming about something your whole life, obviously you’re going to be a little stressed out,” Scharping said. “Being here today was a little bit easier. I’m on home territory a little bit. Today felt a little better, a little less stressful. But it was a good experience overall.”

Smith says he received good feedback from scouts in Indianapolis following his Combine workouts.

“I feel good, you know,” Smith said. “The process was long at the Combine. A lot of long days. But right now I’m feeling really good. I couldn’t have felt better about my performance at the Combine. There’s a lot of people saying I put on a clinic tape for linebacker drills and I’ve never played linebacker. Just being talked about positively like that is a really good thing.”

They’ll continue to work out and hope to hear their names called at the NFL Draft, which is scheduled for April 25-27.

Derek Bayne

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