CBS Sports: Terrance West's pro day gives Towson its biggest NFL exposure yet
The procession of mostly large men in various NFL jackets and hats crossed the small street behind Unitas Stadium, drawing more than a few puzzled looks from the handful of students crossing the street along with them. Representatives from two-thirds of the teams in the National Football League were on this tiny campus on a dreary and soggy Monday for the Tigers' Pro Day.
Sure, Towson University has produced some pro talent in the past, dating back to Joe Vitt -- a longtime defensive coach in the league now with New Orleans -- and tracing through NFL players like punter Sean Landeta, running backs Dave Meggett and Troy Vinson, and defensive back Chad Scott (who later transferred to Maryland), and now with Bears offensive lineman Jermon Bushrod, a starting left tackle on the Saints recent Super Bowl winner.
But never had anyone seen anything like this before. Not around here.
"I've never seen anything like this here before," said Dan O'Connell, Towson's director of athletic media relations, who has been with the program 32 years. "We've never had this many teams here. We maybe would get two or three in the past who would work a few players out. But this is the first time we've really had the demand for this something like this."
By the school's count, there were at least 27 total scouts or position coaches present from at least 22 NFL teams. Pretty impressive stuff.