The UCF Knights 2018 Pro Day was a must see after the 2017 season the proclaimed National Champions had. The NFL had representation for all 32 to in attendance of UCF’s Pro Day March 29th. Predomintely sources said that most of the teams’ interest were to evaluate cornerback, Mike Hughes, and linebacker, Shaquem Griffin, but don’t be fooled, although those two were the draw in, UCF had much talent to display from the 2017 football class, as well as, many returning veterans such as, Jeff Godfrey, Jordan McCray, Chris Martin, Cal Bloom, Justin Tukes, TJ Mutcherson, Drico Johnson, and Tarik Cook.
Starting with the offense, Jeff Godfrey returned to do some drills and perform as the quarterback for the day, showing that he can still throw and giving the receivers and tight ends tokens for the routes. Trequon Smith showed this past season that he is a play making wide receiver who can also block, Smith continued to show his catching ability and clean routes on pro day. Tight End, Jordan Aikens, who was a big target for the Knights the past two seasons continued to show scouts that he can be a big target and more of a receiving tight end at the next level, scouts also like Aikens ability to catch in traffic, making him valuable in big plays. Jordan Franks stirred up some conversation with his speed, Franks initially played wide receiver for the Knights before transitioning to tight end with coach Frost. Franks mentioned playing a lot of different positions showing versatility which can draw teams in, especially as a special teams factor. Returning tight end, Cal Bloom showed that he can be a big target for teams as well, showing efficiency in routes, yet also displaying a lot of power in the blocking drills. Justin Tukes was apart of Coach O’Leary’s predominately blocking system, so yesterday more eyes were on routes, which Tukes showed comfortability with which will be beneficial to him. Guard, Jordan McCray returned working hard for an opportunity like his brother Justin McCray got last year. Jordan McCray had a solid pro day showing that he is still very capable of working the line. Offensive tackle, Aaron Evans, had some scouts concerned after his back injury, but Evans appeared in all 12 games this past season for the Knights and showed no discomfort in his back. Evans even showed quicker feet and an ability to be agile during his pro day.
Now for the defensive side of the ball Shaquem Griffin had a solid pro day furthering scouts adoration for him. Although Griffin is listed as a linebacker, he chose to do defensive back drills as well. Mike Hughes who is projected to go in the first round of the NFL draft had a promising pro day as well, showing his versatility in participating in as many different drills as possible for scouts, Hughes has been spoken of as a potential hybrid on the defense for teams. Returner, TJ Mutcherson who had a shot with the Texans last year, displayed to teams he deserves another chance. Mutcherson was a key asset in Coach Frost’s secondary in the 2016 season. Jamiyus Pittman, a name that should be familiar on the defense. Pittman was a aggressor and top interior lineman for UCF totaling 42 tackles in the 2017 season. Pittman showed scouts his capabilities in all the drills, but his film is definitely going to speak highly for him.
Overall UCF 2018 pro day was a successful platform for most of the UCF players current and former to show their hunger and desire to take their abilities to the next level. Stay tune with Florida National News as we keep you updated on these hard workers’ journeys and hopeful success stories in the National Football League!