BOWIE — Five Bowie State University football players and two athletes from other football programs had the opportunity to prove their abilities to NFL scouts and other professional football personnel at the school’s 2019 Pro Day on March 27.
Scouts from several teams, including the Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Philadelphia Eagles and the AFL’s Washington Valor were on hand to conduct various tests and workouts in the campus’s weight room and football stadium for standout quarterback Amir Hall, wide receivers Lansana Sesay and Gilbert Lunsford, defensive end Derrick Tate and defensive lineman Da’Ron Holmes.
Kyle Hill, a receiver from Saint Anselm College (Manchester, N.H.), and Kurron Ramsey, a defensive back from Alabama State University, were the two non-BSU athletes who also participated in the pro day.
All seven participants began the day with weight, height and wingspan measurements, and then moved on to the bench press and vertical leap tests before heading down to Bulldogs Stadium for the on-field activities. Hall, the main draw for the afternoon, recorded a 32.5-inch vertical leap, a time of 4.68 in the 40-yard dash and a 9-foot-4-inch broad jump.
After the field workout drills concluded, most spectators and scouts had the opportunity to see Hall perform in the slate of passing drills. All eyes were on Hall, who showed poise, accuracy and agility in the pocket as he threw short and long-distance passes to targets Lunsford, Sesay and Hill.
“I can make any NFL throw that there is. I can move around when need be. That’s all I basically wanted to show today, that I can make any NFL throw,” said Hall, who led the Bulldogs to their first-ever Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) title in 2018.
When asked what he adds to a team willing to draft him, Hall said “I add being on time, working hard and just really being ready to compete.”
The 6-foot-5 Bowie native boasts numerous career accolades, including being named the CIAA Offensive Player of the Year, being a two-time Black College Football Player of the Year, becoming the record holder for all-time passing yards and touchdowns in CIAA history and being invited to play in the NFL Players Association Collegiate Bowl in January.
Also grabbing the attention of onlookers were Ramsey and Hill, both residents of Prince George’s County.
Ramsey, a 6-foot-3 native of Brandywine, posted a 34.5-inch vertical, 10-foot-1-inch broad jump and a 4.49-second 40-yard dash. He also showcased versatility and athleticism in a defensive back drill. Hill, an Upper Marlboro native and Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. High School graduate, clocked a time of 4.54 seconds in the 40, leaped a 36-inch vertical and caught virtually every pass that Hall tossed him in the passing drill.
Bowie State University Head Coach Damon Wilson also showed up to pro day to support his players in addition to getting the chance to converse with NFL personnel.
“I think the guys had a good day,” Wilson said. “I think Amir (Hall) really showed that he could throw the football around. He ran well, so I definitely think he improved his stock and show the guys that he has the ability to play at the next level.”
Wilson said scouts expressed their assessment of Hall when he got to speak with them.
“They (scouts) think he had a pretty good day today, which is good,” Wilson said. “So he is going to have some other individual workouts, which he’ll have an opportunity to continue to display his skill set. And I’m quite sure he’ll be playing football somewhere next year.”
Hall will continue his pursuit of becoming the first quarterback from an HBCU selected in the NFL Draft since 2006 (Tarvaris Jackson, Alabama State University) and first football player ever drafted from Bowie State in a few upcoming private workouts with teams, one of which being the Tennessee Titans, according to an HBCU Gameday report. He reportedly had an impressive outing at the NFL Regional Scouting Combine in Kansas City, Mo., on March 9.
“It’s a very proud moment for us as a coaching staff,” Wilson said after seeing Hall showcase why he deserved a shot at the next level.
“You recruit guys to graduate them, and for them to move on further their careers, and to have had him in our program for the last four years and see the success we’ve had and the success he’s had, it’s great. But it’s also going to be a joy to watch him continue to make an impact in his community and continue to play football.”