ORONO – The University of Maine will hold its football pro day Friday, and many eyes will be on its former offensive lineman.
Scouts from the New England Patriots, New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles and possibly others will be on hand at UMaine, as nine former Black Bears will showcase their skills in an attempt to gain traction ahead of the NFL Draft. All eyes in particular will be on Jamil Demby though, who recently took part in the NFL’s Scouting Combine in Indianapolis to mixed results.
“You know you just try to climb up and you want more,” Demby said Thursday. “Sometimes it’s a feeling of you deserve it. And sometimes you just take a step back.”
Demby admitted the social media buzz about his performance in the NFL’s Senior Bowl has been overwhelming at times, but as some experts project him to be a potential late-round draft pick, he’s merely thankful for the opportunity to compete in front of professional scouts.
“It’s just a blessing,” he said. “It’s a dream come true. It’s definitely a surreal feeling, and a really different type of feeling.”
The Vineland, N.J.-native said he has received interest from multiple NFL teams directly, and has official workouts set up with the Jets and New Orleans Saints ahead of the draft.