The goal for former Wake Forest safety Cameron Glenn at Wednesday’s pro day was a simple one: Wake people up.
Specifically, wake up the scouts representing 31 of 32 NFL teams that he’s a future NFL player.
“I wanted them to wake up,” Glenn said. “I feel like I’m one of those guys that’s always been slept on my whole career. Just wanted to come out here and open up some eyes, and I think that’s what I did.”
While hardly a unique view for a player with professional desires, it’s one that resonates at Wake Forest. Glenn came to Wake Forest from a powerhouse program in Stone Mountain, Ga., and worked his way into being a second-team All-ACC safety this past season. He had 98 tackles in each of the last two years, proving to be a force in stopping the run.
There were 29 safeties invited to the NFL Combine, and Glenn wasn’t one of them.
The idea for Glenn is to stand out in pro day and give scouts a reason to turn on film of his senior season.
“The biggest thing is they have to take the time out to say, ‘OK, I want to go look at this guy’s film,’ and I feel like I showed them, or gave them a reason, to go back and look at the film,” Glenn said.
Matt Colburn II finished with 2,528 yards in his Wake Forest career, sixth-most in program history. He had one 200-yard performance in each of the last two seasons and is a complete bundle of skills as a runner, receiver and blocker.
There were 27 running backs invited to the NFL Combine, and Colburn wasn’t one of them.
Those aspects are part of what made Wednesday so important to former Deacons on Wednesday at McCreary Field House.
“It’s frickin awesome, man. Just growing up, football is literally life. You play it on a gaming console, you get into it in elementary school in flag football, and then you do tackle football,” Colburn said. “It’s just a passion, it’s a love, it’s a life and to see it come alive in front of your eyes with all of these NFL scouts — of course you’re going to have nerves.”
Those nerves dissipated for the 5-10, 200-pounder — though, sporting a new, close-cropped haircut and a tight beard, Colburn looked sleeker.
“Leading up to the moment, you get out here with your boys and your teammates and all the nerves just fall right off,” Colburn said.
Glenn said he didn’t know his exact numbers, but that he felt they were all in the range of where he wanted them. Colburn said his 40-yard dash time was in the 4.4-second range, and he completed 25 repetitions of 225 pounds in the bench press.
Among other seniors who went through pro day were offensive linemen Phil Haynes and Ryan Anderson. Haynes is one of two Wake Forest players who was invited to the Combine in Indianapolis, along with Greg Dortch. At pro day, Haynes and Anderson were put through the wringer after the physical tests — they worked against each other in drills with a blocking pad in front of scouts.
On Thursday, Haynes and Anderson went through a workout conducted my Miami Dolphins offensive line coach Pat Flaherty.
“I mean, 31 teams here and our guys had really good days. I was really proud of them, and I think that’s another sign of some of the progress in our program,” Coach Dave Clawson said Thursday. “Four or five years ago, we would have had maybe four teams and six scouts. We had more guys from the CFL than the NFL.
“And our guys did well, and I think some of the success that our players have had when they have moved on and how ready they are has only helped us.”
Other seniors that participated in pro day were wide receiver Alex Bachman, rover Demetrius Kemp, safety Chuck Wade Jr., defensive tackles Zeek Rodney and Willie Yarbary, defensive end Chris Calhoun, wide receiver James Sriraman, as well as tight end Cam Serigne and running back Isaiah Robinson, who were last on the team in the 2017 season. Early entrant Greg Dortch also went through drills.