Pro day prospects earn NFL rookie minicamp invitations | TribLIVE.com
Steelers/NFL

Pro day prospects earn NFL rookie minicamp invitations

Joe Rutter
1098809_web1_gtr-crawford-101218
Duquesne receiver Nehari Crawford

Six prospects who attended the Cal (Pa.) pro day at Pittsburgh Indoor Sports Arena in Cheswick have earned rookie minicamp tryouts with NFL teams.

A seventh player, St. Francis (Pa.) cornerback Jermaine Ponder, signed with the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent.

The second annual event, which was run by the Pittsburgh Steelers scouting staff, was conducted March 18.

The Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers had scouts in attendance, and each team invited a player from the pro day to its rookie minicamp. Atlanta invited Clarion defensive lineman Alec Heldreth, and Green Bay invited West Chester defensive back Nydair Rouse.

Edinboro cornerback Zuril Hendrick received a rookie minicamp invitation from the Chicago Bears, and Mercyhurst cornerback Dante’ Redwood will try out for the Arizona Cardinals. Kutztown running back Craig Reynolds will attend the Washington Redskins’ tryout camp.

Duquesne wide receiver Nehari Crawford was invited to the New York Giants’ rookie minicamp. Another Duquesne player, offensive lineman Matt Fitzpatrick, received an invitation from the Seattle Seahawks. Fitzpatrick, though, did not compete at the Cal (Pa.) pro day.

Ponder also attended a pro day hosted by the Browns. At the Steelers’ event, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds and had a 40-inch vertical jump.

The Bears, Browns, Packers, Giants and Seahawks will hold their three-day rookie minicamps this weekend. The Cardinals, Falcons and Redskins will conduct their camps May 10-12.

Other players from the Cal (Pa.) pro day might receive minicamp invites as more rosters, such as the Steelers, are finalized.

Joe Rutter is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Joe by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

Categories: Sports | Steelers
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.