Hoosiers Hold Pro Scout Day
March 7, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Coaches and scouts from more than 15 National Football League (NFL) teams were at Indiana University on March 7 for the Hoosiers' annual Pro Scout Day. This is an opportunity for some of IU's 2005 seniors to peform a series of strength, speed and agility drills for NFL teams.
After earning his IU degree in December, defensive end Victor Adeyanju headed to Arizona to work out in preparation for the Jan. 28 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. Following the Senior Bowl, Adeyanju returned to his workout routine in Arizona in advance of the Feb. 22-28 NFL Combine in Indianapolis. Suffice it to say, Adeyanju is accustomed to the physical and mental tests of draft preparation.
"Teams have to evaluate you. It's like buying a car. You need to test drive it first to make sure you know what you're getting into," Adeyanju said. The 6-4, 272-pounder said that the rigors of the last three months could serve as a great lesson for his younger IU teammates. "This has taught me the importance of putting forth your best effort every day and utilizing the techniques and schemes that the coaches give you."
Adeyanju's bookend on the defensive line, Ben Ishola, worked out at both defensive end and linebacker. At 6-3, 250 pounds, Ishola plans to use this versatility to his advantage.
"I have been working hard in the offseason, and I feel good about my workout today," Ishola said afterwards. "At my size, I am between a linebacker and a defensive end, and I feel that I can play either spot."
A native of Berlin, Germany, Ishola came to IU after a scout at an NFL Europe tryout camp told Ishola to pursue college football opportunities in the United States. While Ishola was familiar with many of the physical tests at Pro Scout Day, he did note one distinct difference between NFL Europe and Pro Scout Day.
"It is much more intense," Ishola said. "They expect a lot of you both mentally and physically."
Offensive guard Adam Hines was also pleased with his performance at Pro Scout Day. The Vandalia, Ohio native, who closed his Hoosier career with 45 consecutive starts at either guard or tackle, hopes that his offseason workouts pay big dividends this spring.
"My agent, Robb Nelson, works for IFM (Integrity First Management), which is owned by (former Cincinnati Bengals offensive lineman and NFL Hall of Famer) Anthony Munoz," Hines said. "Over the next few weeks, I'll be working on some speed training with him and some of his other clients. An NFL Hall of Famer, my boyhood idol, it doesn't get better than that."
The 2006 NFL Draft will be held April 29-30 in New York.
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