CHICAGO — The media, agents, football fans and players' families were not invited to watch, only NFL teams and officials, but quarterback Kory Faulkner got both praise and criticism for his performance at the Northwestern University pro day Tuesday (March 3) in Chicago.
Faulkner, 23, a 2009 Ste. Genevieve High graduate and the Dragons' all-time leading passer and three-sport standout, performed in front of 29 NFL teams that attended the pro day, and he even received the Wonderlic Cognitive Ability Test, given to him by the Chicago Bears.
But the second son and middle child of the Rev. Roger and Marilyn Faulkner said he is pleased with the whole ordeal so far.
"This is everything you dream of," said Faulkner via cellphone from the Chicago O'Hare International Airport as he readied to board an airplane back to North Carolina where he will continue his training. "It's a lot more stressful than I thought it would be, but I'm having a lot of fun with it all and grateful for the opportunity because I'm getting to experience a lot of cool things."
Faulkner's testing included the 40-yard dash, 225-pound bench press, vertical and standing-broad jumps, plus the shuttle and 3-cone drills among other tests.
After the 40 NFL hopefuls in attendance ran their 40s, Faulkner was among the nine who made the cut. From there, he was as busy as a player with NFL dreams could ever be.
The 6-foot-4, 230-pound former state football MVP ran a 4.67 in the 40, which was better than the NFL's target time of 4.9 for quarterbacks and near what he was hoping to run he said.
Faulkner, who was the Southern Illinois-Carbondale starting QB for the past three seasons, also benched 225 pounds 19 times; his vertical jump was 34 inches (30 inches is the target for QBs), and his broad jump was 9 feet-8 inches (9-0 target). His times in the 10-split and 20-split, as well as his shuttle and 3-cones run time, were not available.
"The [Philadelphia] Eagles and [Tennessee] Titans quarterback coaches were there, and I went through about 40 or so throws with the receivers," he said. "I talked with 12 teams after that."
For more, check out the Herald's March 12 printed edition.