WACO (March 21, 2013) -- There was plenty of seating available to watch. Plenty of space for the media to work. Familier NFL logos were still in attendance, just not the familiar faces. There was still plenty of pressure, but not as many diamonds. Baylor pro day 2013 was tame compared to the circus in 2012.
"Last year was a madhouse," said former Baylor linebacker Elliot Coffey. "Anytime you have the Heisman Trophy winner you're gonna have extra people come in and check and see him throw."
"You had big Bob over here, so, everybody eyes on him," said Baylor offensive lineman Ivory Wade.
"It was nothing like last pro day," said Baylor receiver Lanear Sampson. "I mean last pro day you had Robert out here, you had Kendall, Ganaway, Philip Blake. You had a lot of guys out here last year, so you had a lot, a lot of scouts and people out here to watch that."
It was actually a big difference in atmosphere. There were no satellite trucks in the parking lot. ESPN was nowhere to be seen. When the receivers caught passes, a few less eyes on the sidelines. But to the players looking for a professional career, it was just fine.
"It was just enough people, close people, I mean, family, coaches and stuff like that. So, it was just more controlled, more calm, more relaxed," said Baylor receiver Terrance Williams.
"The atmosphere is just the same to the guys that are going out and they're competing today in pro day, said former Baylor standout and current Rams running back Terrance Ganaway. "It's totally different than the combine. It's more family oriented, you got people and guys cheering for you, as you can hear in the background now. It's just family here. So, you feel at home, you have comfort zone and you're just vibing with your friends and your boys you grinded with for the last four or five years."
It may be four to five years before we see what we saw in 2012 again. It just doesn't happen every year.
"Last year was certainly unusual. There will be one or two of those situations a year where the pro days have that atmosphere," said Baylor head coach Art Briles. "But, you know, to these guys on the field and to us in here, this is just as important as the one was last year."