DeKALB – Rashaan Melvin wanted to show he could run.
The former Northern Illinois cornerback, who led the Mid-American Conference with 17 pass breakups last season, certainly has legitimate size. He weighed in at 6-foot-2, 192 pounds at Friday’s pro day.
Melvin’s size isn’t an issue, and he certainly helped himself out with his 40-yard dash, unofficially a time of 4.3 seconds.
“Only thing I was thinking was getting out, getting my head down and running as fast as I can,” Melvin said. “Something that I worked on. It’s pretty much all it was. It happened today, I guess.”
Leading up to the NFL draft in April, Melvin will keep training and plans on having some team visits. He said he thinks he helped his stock with his pro day performance.
“I’m confident that I opened some scouts’ eyes,” Melvin said.
Spann looking healthy: Chad Spann wanted to show NFL teams he was healthy again.
Two years ago, Spann took part in NIU’s pro day, getting ready for his NFL opportunity. Since his Huskies career ended, Spann has spent time with the Colts, Buccaneers and Steelers, but he’s had to fight through two torn hamstrings.
Released by Pittsburgh in May, Spann said he finally feels healthy. He was back at NIU’s pro day again, taking part in football drills in front of about 20 NFL scouts, hoping to get another opportunity.
“Moved around and showed that I could still catch and run,” Spann said. “And I’m healthy.”
Harnish back, as well: The player throwing to NIU’s backs and receivers, as well as defensive players, was another familiar face – Indianapolis Colts quarterback Chandler Harnish, the final pick of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Harnish was also the 2011 MAC MVP as an NIU senior.