MUNCIE – Record-setting wide receiver Seth Coate was the most notable former University of Saint Francis player at the Pro Day at Ball State University, but he wasn't the only one.
Defensive backs Na'Shawn Lewis and Shannon Swain both participated in the event Thursday, seeking to catch the eye of one of the NFL scouts in attendance.
“I felt like I got out there and got an opportunity to show my talent and my footwork and my hands,” Lewis said. “I got to catch everything and show I can catch, show I can move from side to side.”
Swain participated in the NFL Regional Combine in New Orleans in March, so he knew what to expect from the testing.
“My numbers improved from New Orleans and it was a good all-around day to compete with other potential NFL guys," Swain said. "It's a very good opportunity. For small-school kids like us, it was great for Ball State to open up their doors so we could come out here on Pro Day and show our talent.”
Lewis, who came to Saint Francis from Indianapolis Ben Davis, and Swain, from Anderson, know they face a huge uphill climb to earn an invitation to an NFL camp. But every bit of exposure helps.
“There was definitely nervousness, knowing you're being critiqued and everything is under a microscope,” Lewis said. “It made it easier being out here with Swain and Seth, made it feel like we were back home. I thought I came out and performed pretty well for the most part.”