NORMAL — Having been through the testing ringer twice previously, former Illinois State offensive lineman and the Redbirds’ top NFL Draft prospect Cameron Lee was a mere spectator Wednesday at Hancock Stadium.
Five other seniors from the 2016 ISU team were doing what Lee has already done, trying to post some impressive performances during the Redbirds’ annual Pro Day.
Receiver Anthony Warrum, offensive linemen Kyle Avaloy and Mark Spelman, linebacker BJ Bello and cornerback La’Darius Newbold participated in a series of speed, strength and agility drills with a Chicago Bears scout presiding over the day’s events.
Spelman’s strength is strength.
Ranked No. 22 at center by nfldraftscout.com, Spelman hoisted 225 pounds in the bench press 29 times Wednesday. The Rimington Award winner as the top center in FCS, Spelman reached 30 reps at an earlier Pro Day at Northwestern and has done 32 in training.
“A lot of people call me a true center. I think I can play anywhere,” Spelman said. “I put on about 12 to 15 pounds. I’m right at 300, which is nice. I’m looking like an NFL lineman.”
Spelman believes he has succeeded in putting up sufficient measurables to get noticed by an NFL team.
“I’ve talked to 10 to 15 teams,” he said. “I’m excited to get into a camp and show them I’m smart and I’m a leader. I would love to be called on draft day, but I just need an opportunity.”
Avaloy succeeded in lowering his weight from 330 to 310 since the ISU season ended in November. The former Redbird guard also went to Northwestern’s Pro Day along with Spelman, Warrum and Bello.
“I’m a little lighter on my feet. I was able to keep up my strength as well,” said Avaloy, ranked as the No. 63 guard. “Today felt really good. My flexibility and strength was good. I hit the numbers I wanted to hit.”
Avaloy has been…