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Pro Day at Colorado State serves as another step toward NFL draft

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Collegian | Luke Bourland
Mohamed Kamara (42) stands before the game starts Nov. 16, 2019.

Dreams are hard to make true, at least when the odds are fervently stacked against them. 

College football players across the country will soon be on the edge of their seats, hoping to be drafted by one of the 32 teams in the NFL, and Colorado State football has two hopefuls of its own.

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Dallin Holker and Mohamed Kamara, two of CSU’s top players, were invited to the NFL Combine in Indianapolis to showcase their athleticism and win the hearts of NFL drafters. 

However, CSU has its own way of showing off their players to scouts: Pro Day.

Pro Day is comprised of the same set of events as the Combine but in a place where players know the field and the weight room. It’s a place where players like Kamara and Holker have the opportunity to chat with scouts and finish their time elegantly at CSU.

“It means everything (to have Pro Day),” Holker said. “I love Fort Collins. I love Colorado State. It honestly just means everything to me to be back here with my guys and the coaches who believed in me and let me showcase my abilities out on the field.”

The next step is the NFL draft, where only 1.6% of NCAA football players are picked for the professional level.

The intimidating odds faced by both players are hard to ignore, but Kamara focuses on the journey.

“Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve been dreaming about this moment, so every day, I’m grateful to be here.” –Dallin Holker, CSU football tight end

“I don’t want to jump steps,” Kamara said. “I want to take it one step at a time. I don’t want to say I’m ready yet because I still have to work. Even at the Combine, there were things I could do better at.”

At the NFL Combine, Kamara was a highlight with a 40-meter dash time of 4.57, ranking third among defensive linemen, whereas Holker impressed scouts by catching a ball with one hand after forgetting to drop the other. 

But the scouts at the Combine were not the only ones the two had to look out for. A large turnout of scouts for Pro Day from teams like the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers kept them hoping for a seat at the NFL table.

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“Whoever gets me, that’s all that matters,” Kamara said. “I’m not privy to which team. When I was growing up, I was a fan, but now it’s more of a career opportunity to be in the NFL. I’m just excited about the opportunity that they gave me.”

The NFL draft, which starts April 25 and ends April 27, is a nerve-wracking time for players and teams alike. It is an amalgamation of over 16,000 college players and 32 teams that strategically pick players to strengthen their rosters.

But behind all that strategy are players who used to dream of the moment they would picked, thankful for the opportunity.

“I just thank God every day that I have this opportunity,” Holker said. “Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve been dreaming about this moment, so every day, I’m grateful to be here.”

Reach Liv Sewell at sports@collegian.com or on Twitter @Liv_sewell22.

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Luke Bourland is a history major from Durham, Connecticut. Bourland is studying history in hopes of going to law school in the fall 2022 semester after graduation. In terms of which law school Bourland wants to go to, he likes to joke, "I will attend anywhere that'll have me!" Bourland has been taking pictures recreationally for most of his life but did not officially join The Collegian until the beginning of his sophomore year in 2019. Bourland originally joined The Collegian to develop his skills and to photograph out of his comfort zone. During his time at The Collegian, Bourland has held positions such as freelance photographer, media archivist, assistant photo editor, photo editor and finally, photo director. As the photo director, it is Bourland's job to make sure the paper is accompanied with beautiful pictures alongside the photo editor. Bourland has photographed events ranging from speeches and galas to football and basketball games. In his free time, Bourland is an avid golfer, fly-fisherman and still loves to take pictures recreationally. Differing from the style of photography at The Collegian, Bourland enjoys slowing down and shooting landscapes and portraits on film. Bourland first learned how to develop film with a friend in the bathrooms of Corbett Hall, stuffing towels under the doors to avoid any light leaking in. No matter where life takes Bourland, he hopes that photography will always be there along the ride.  

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    Michael J. EastmanApr 14, 2024 at 2:27 pm

    So…what was Holker’s 40 time at this combine? Did he improve from his combine time, or what???

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      Liv SewellApr 17, 2024 at 5:28 pm

      Based on the times I took at the event, unoffical of course, he got an average of 4.53. His first was around 4.48 and the second was around 4.58. At the combine Holker got 4.78, so according to my times, he did improve.

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