NIU hosts NFL hopefuls for pro day

DEKALB, Ill. (WIFR) NIU hosted several former players as they try to impress NFL scouts ahead of April's draft.

About 20 NFL team scouts were on hand to put the Huskies through drills including the 40-yard dash.

Sutton Smith did not participate since he took part in last week's combine.

The NIU defensive end says teams want him to switch to linebacker and he has no problem with that.

"I'm not a selfish player," said Smith. "I'll play running back for God's sake. If they need me to play slot, I don't know how good my hands are, but I'll go play slot receiver. I'm open to all changes because it's not about me, it's about the team and making the team successful and winning super bowls. There's a lot of people saying that I put on a clinic tape for linebacker drills and I've never played linebacker so being talked about positively like that is a really good thing and that ups my spirits with it. I know the next step is going to be life changing for me."

Offensive lineman Max Scharping also attended the combine, but he ran through some positional drills inside the Chessick Practice Center.

"When you've been dreaming about something like this for your whole life, obviously you're going to be a little stressed out," said Scharping. "Being here today was a little bit easier since I'm in home territory. Today felt a little bit better and a little bit less stressful."

The NFL Draft is scheduled for April 25.