Running back Rod Chisholm, linebacker Jeremy Kimbrough, punter/place kicker Sam Martin, defensive back Demetrius McCray, running back/wide receiver/return specialist Steven Miller and defensive back Troy Sanders highlighted Appalachian State's participants in the Pro Day workouts. All six are prospects to join the NFL ranks this spring either via next month's NFL Draft or as free agents.
Additionally, former Mountaineers Mark LeGree, a defensive back who was selected in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft, and Cedric Baker Boney, a running back who graduated from Appalachian last year, participated in hopes of earning free-agent contracts.
According to Appalachian State director of strength and conditioning Kareem Young, all eight Mountaineers impressed the assembled NFL personnel with strong workouts on Monday.
Miller, in particular, improved his NFL stock by wowing the coaches and scouts with his on- and off-field skills. At 43 inches, his vertical jump was reported to be the best by an NFL running back prospect this year.
Headlined by McCray, who participated in last month's NFL Combine and January's NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and set personnel records in virtually all of his workouts on Monday, Appalachian State's deep pool of NFL prospects could see it match or exceed its school record of three NFL Draft picks next month. Three Mountaineers have been drafted twice, most recently in 2011 when LeGree (Seattle Seahawks) and offensive lineman Daniel Kilgore (San Francisco 49ers) were selected in the fifth round and linebacker D.J. Smith (Green Bay Packers) was picked in the sixth round.
In addition to the eight former Mountaineers, nine pro-football hopefuls from other area schools were granted access to Appalachian's Pro Day, including Southern Conference Offensive Player of the Year and Boone native Eric Breitenstein, a running back from Wofford.