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Javon Mosley, a 6-foot-5, 305-pound offensive lineman, possesses confidence that is as large as his body frame.
So much self-belief Mosley has that he wasn’t going to let the coronavirus threat stop him from coming to Albuquerque to take part in Thursday’s UNM Football Pro Day to showcase his skills as he did for the Lobos the past two seasons.
He arrived Tuesday from Las Vegas, Nevada, where he had been training. He lost nearly 15 pounds since UNM’s season ended and trained rigorously to make his dreams of playing in the NFL come true.
“I definitely think I’m going to get a chance in the league,” Mosley said. “I think I will get a chance to display my ability. I really believe I will get that opportunity.”
Mosley at times showed freakish ability during the pro day, that also included former Lobos Beau Hott (tight end), De’John Rogers (defensive back) and Alex “Mo” Vainikolo (linebacker) as well as Jamar Claibourn, an Eastern New Mexico defensive lineman.
Mosley’s vertical leap measured 32 inches. His broad jump: 9 feet, 7 inches. His unofficial time in the 40-yard dash was 5.4 seconds. He didn’t perform the bench press reps because he recently strained his pectoral muscle, he said, while training. Still, he showed he was very agile for a big man during the shuttle drill.
Mosley said three private workouts were recently canceled because scouts were told not to travel by their respective teams.
At the UNM pro day, scouts from the San Francisco 49ers, Detroit Lions and the Arizona Cardinals were present and conducting the drills. Several other scouts were expected to attend, but did not travel because of the COVID-19 threat, said Mosley’s agent, Ross Jones.
UNM said fans were not allowed to attend the pro day, but several Lobo football players were at the indoor practice facility supporting their former teammates.
The Lobos continue to practice during spring football, but their session will be closed to the public and media on Friday.
Mosley, Rogers and Vainikolo said the support motivated them during the drills.
Vainikolo, who was second on the team in tackles, had been looking forward to pro day and the opportunity to perhaps catch a pro team’s attention.
“It’s not time to go home yet. Not close,” he said. “That’s my mentality. I’m 22, but I still feel like a freshman in college playing the linebacker position. I always have room to improve.”
Rogers said he had been training hard since the end of the season to perform at a high level at the pro day. He also said he was inspired by his former teammate, D’Angelo Ross, a defensive back who completed a star-studded pro day last year and eventually landed with the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent.
Rogers’ vertical leap was 42 inches. His unofficial time in the 40-yard dash: 4.4 seconds.
Ross went 4.32 seconds in the 40-yard dash last year.
He came back to UNM and spoke to the team before this past season, Rogers said.
“He set the bar pretty high,” Rogers said. “He told us that no one believes in you keep going, keep working. I’m trying to keep preparing myself and keep getting better from here.”