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2016 NFL Pro Days: Full Schedule of Workouts for Top Prospects

Ohio State lineman Joey Bosa is seen   during an NCAA college football game against Minnesota Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State beat Minnesota 28-14. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)
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Tim DanielsFeatured Columnist IVDecember 27, 2016

College pro days are scheduled to start in early March as 2016 NFL draft prospects get an opportunity to showcase their athletic ability to coaches and scouts from around the league.  

NFL.com passed along the entire list of dates Monday, which includes Ohio State on March 11 (Joey Bosa and Ezekiel Elliott), California on March 18 (Jared Goff), North Dakota State on March 24 (Carson Wentz) and Ole Miss on March 28 (Laremy Tunsil and Laquon Treadwell), among others.

Here's the complete listed based on the current schedule:

2016 NFL Draft: College Pro Day Schedule
DateSchools
March 3Northern Arizona, Vanderbilt
March 4Alabama State, Arizona State, Eastern Kentucky, Kentucky, Nebraska, Troy
March 7Auburn, Minnesota, Prairie View A&M
March 8Connecticut, Jacksonville State (Ala.), Kansas State, Northwestern, Oklahoma State, West Georgia
March 9Alabama, Buffalo, Central Oklahoma, Marshall, Monmouth (N.J.), Oklahoma, Rutgers, Wisconsin
March 10Clemson, Fordham, Furman, Illinois, Miami (Ohio), Mississippi State, Tulsa
March 11Georgia State, Ohio State, Oregon State, West Alabama
March 14Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Sacramento State, Southern, Toledo, Wake Forest
March 15Charlotte, Grand Valley State, Northwestern State (La.), Ouachita, Baptist, Richmond, UCLA, Virginia, Youngstown State
March 16Arkansas, Boston College, Fresno State, Georgia, Louisiana-Lafayette, Michigan State, Old Dominion, Pittsburgh, Temple
March 17Central Arkansas, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Kennesaw State, San Diego State, Southeastern Louisiana, Stanford, William & Mary
March 18Akron, California, Georgia Tech, Navy
March 21Louisiana-Monroe, North Carolina State, South Florida
March 22Angelo State, Azusa Pacific, Florida, Grambling State, Iowa State, Montana State, Pittsburg State, Texas State
March 23Alcorn State, NC Central, Ohio, Purdue, Syracuse, Texas, USC, Valdosta State, Weber State
March 24Arizona, Ball State, Cal Poly, Houston, Lamar, Massachusetts, Missouri Western State, North Dakota State, Rice, Southern Miss, Utah
March 28California-Davis, Ole Miss, South Alabama
March 29Western Kentucky
March 30Indiana, Maryland, Miami (Fla.), SMU, Southern Utah, Tennessee
March 31Appalachian State, Boise State, Florida Atlantic, Florida Tech, Middle Tennessee, Notre Dame, The Citadel, Yale
April 1Coastal Carolina, Eastern Washington, Jacksonville (Fla.), Villanova
April 2Dartmouth
April 4Arkansas State, West Virginia
April 6Georgia Southern
NFL.com

Pro days can serve a lot of different purposes depending on a player's situation. Whether it's somebody trying to solidify an early-round stock, a player returning from injury trying to show they are healthy or an unheralded prospect trying to get noticed, their last major college event can help the process.

It's not just physical testing. It's also a chance to meet with teams that may be interested. Robert Klemko of The MMQB captured the atmosphere at last year's Maryland pro day and got some insight from former Terrapins star and current NFL defensive lineman A.J. Francis:

And when coaches and scouts start asking questions, you might as well assume they already know the truth. Francis remembers being asked if he'd ever hit a women, smoked weed or driven drunk.

"They just want to see if you'll lie to their faces," Francis said.

Those are the type of things that can make or a break a prospect's draft stock. That's especially true for a player on one of the fringes, whether it be the edge of being a first-round pick or the edge of getting drafted at all.

For top talents, such as Bosa, Tunsil, Goff and others, pro days usually don't feature much activity unless they have something to prove after the combine. Perhaps they ran a slow 40-yard dash in Indianapolis and want to post a better time in that test. Most early first-rounders don't do the full list of events.

Ultimately, in a majority of cases, a pro day isn't going to have a massive impact, but it's a chance to make another good impression as front offices craft their final draft strategy.

 

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