Posted: Mar 22, 2019
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Joe Protheroe and five other former members of the Cal Poly football team displayed their skills in front of six National Football League scouts Friday morning at Doerr Family Field.
Protheroe (pictured at right), Cal Poly's record-breaking fullback last fall, drew perhaps the most attention from the scouts representing the Los Angeles Chargers, Jacksonville Jaguars and San Francisco 49ers.
Protheroe turned in a time of 4.75 seconds in the 40-yard dash and recorded 22 reps in the 225-pound bench press, nine feet even in the standing broad jump and 30.5 inches in the vertical jump.
"I thought I could be better," said Protheroe, "but I am glad it's over with."
Protheroe, who rushed for 1,810 yards last season and 4,271 for his Mustang career, both school records, said he will attend the Oakland Raiders' pro day April 11, "and I hope to do better with the Raiders." He also has received interest from the Seattle Seahawks, Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets.
After testing in the strength and conditioning room in Mott Athletics Center, Protheroe and the other five players recorded times in the 40-yard dash, pro shuttle, three-cone drill and long shuttle and also were asked to perform selected position drills.
Protheroe was joined by quarterback Khaleel Jenkins (pictured at right), kicker Alex Vega and defensive back Jerek Rosales, all from the 2018 Mustangs, and defensive back B.J. Nard and defensive lineman Leroy Mealancon, who completed their Mustang careers in 2017.
Vega and Rosales also are expected to attend pro days set up by the Raiders or 49ers next month. Rosales notched the best 40-yard dash time of 4.60 seconds and Nard was clocked in 4.62 seconds.
The 2019 NFL Draft will be held April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn., with the Arizona Cardinals making the first selection.
Cal Poly opens its 2019 Spring Camp on Wednesday, April 3, with the annual Spring Game scheduled for Saturday, April 27, at 1 p.m., either in Alex G. Spanos Stadium or at Doerr Family Field.