FORT COLLINS — The film isn't enough.

No, the NFL wants to know more — everything, if possible — if one of the league's teams is going to take a chance on a player. It's the same for Michael Gallup, who is expected to hear his name called by the end of the second day, as it is for Jake Bennett, who is hoping to hear his called by the end of the three-day process.

On Wednesday, 15 former Colorado State players worked out for representatives from 31 NFL teams and one from the CFL on pro day, hoping to draw enough interest from one of them to earn a call during the draft or shortly thereafter for a free-agent tryout.

And pro day isn't like the normal football competition the players are used to in producing that film.

"A track event?" center Jake Bennett quipped after a series of 40-yard times, shuttle runs and leaps of the vertical and broad variety held at the CSU Stadium and the indoor practice facility.

Yes, like that, but so important are those things Bennett and his teammates worked hard on them since the end of the regular season.

"It's just different," he said. "I obviously haven't been a part of anything like this, so it was a good experience. Going through this whole process has been a really good experience as far as what it's like at this next level."

Bennett, a first-team all-Mountain West performer at center, has been touted as a late-round draft pick or a sure-fire free agent pickup. A few scouts on hand said they have no doubt quarterback Nick Stevens will land in a camp, the same with running back Dalyn Dawkins and tackle Zack Golditch.


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Most of them have been working out at Landow Performance in Denver, and in great measure, it's been Rams from the past helping out Rams.

At Landow, offensive linemen Bennett, Golditch and Trae Moxley have all been influenced by Shelley Smith, not just with technique and workouts, but with his knowledge of the next level.

Golditch made his plan early to work at Landow and recruited Bennett to join him. When Moxley showed up, it made it all the better, as Golditch said they know how to push each other and get maximum effort from one another, and he too, praised the feedback they get from Smith, who played for four different NFL teams covering six seasons.

Quarterback Nick Stevens was introduced by his agent to former CSU quarterback and head coach Steve Fairchild, and those two have been working on making improvements to Stevens' game.

Not the mental. That part is fine and drew rave reviews from NFL personnel while he was with Bennett at the East-West Shrine game, and that ability to read defenses and pick up a playbook in short order will go a long way into granting him a shot with an NFL team.

What he and Fairchild worked and put on display Wednesday, won't hurt either.

"The first day, I definitely saw improvement. I think one of the main things he increased was my velocity on the ball," Stevens said. "Just some lower-body mechanics he helped me out with. Out there I felt accurate, felt like I was throwing the ball well today, spinning it OK and putting some velocity on it. I think he's helped out a ton."

Unlike his teammates, Gallup had been through this at the NFL combine, plus some. He was able to turn some heads there, and on Wednesday, dropped his 40 time into the 4.4 range, making an even better impression.

He's been working out at Landow, as well, and being back at his school, catching passes from Stevens, it felt comfortable. It was a feeling he said helped him in the second go round.