The Wolf Pack's finest were back on the field Tuesday morning for Nevada Pro Day. There were some friendly exchanges, but mostly anxiety and pressure as nearly a dozen guys hoped to catch the eye of 26 different NFL scouts.
"It's almost like preparing for a game," said former Wolf Pack running back Vai Taua. "You've got all of these eyes out here watching you and you just gotta perform like you can perform. And so, when I first got here, yeah a little nerve wracking to see all these pro guys out here, but then once you get in the groove of things it's not too bad."
For guys like Taua, Pro Day offers a chance to improve on numbers that failed to impress at last month's NFL Combine. For hopefuls like former Pack offensive lineman John Bender, it's the only shot at making an impression.
"I'm at a very interesting point in my life right now," said Bender. "Cause up till now it feels like everything has been laid out for me.
Now, it's just a wait and see process. So, it's been good, it's been bad. And I'm just trying to wait and see how things go."
Bender and Taua both had respectable days with Vai putting up 24 bench presses, four more than he did at the Combine.
Dontay Moch and Kaepernick didn't participate in many drills. Both guys let their impressive combine numbers speak for themselves. Although, Kaepernick did throw the ball quite a bit and regularly hit his targets with impressive velocity.
"I'm just trying to keep everything consistent," said the former Wolf Pack quarterback. "Maybe speed up my drops a little bit to try to get the ball out a little bit quicker. But for the most part, there haven't been too many changes we're trying to fix at this point. I just want to throw the ball and show I can be an NFL quarterback."
Kaepernick leads a Wolf Pack class that has a chance to make history. Nevada has never had more than two players taken in the same draft, but this year they're virtually guaranteed to have at least three with Moch, Kaepernick and Virgil Green. Green had a solid day catching the football on Tuesday and showed off a physique that's added 16 pounds of muscle since January.
"I think I'm great at the weight I am now. I just love being big, you know," Green joked with reporters.
Jokes aside, it was also a farewell of sorts for the Wolf Pack. It was the last time Nevada's stars would be on the field together at Mackay.. Now, all eyes are on the future.
"It's a wonderful feeling," said Green. "We've all worked hard. We all know what each other can do and we all have the confidence that no matter where we go, we're going to find a way to play next year and just execute for whatever team will have us."
The NFL Draft is April 28-30 in New York City.