The Arizona Wildcats’ fastest-rising and highest-ranked NFL Draft prospect Paul Magloire Jr. had himself a strong performance at Arizona’s Pro Day on Friday.
Magloire is currently slated as a fourth round pick amongst most NFL draft experts, a top 150 player overall. After being snubbed by the NFL Combine, Magloire had been training in both Florida and Arizona to prepare for Pro Day.
“It went good,” Magloire said about his individual performance at Arizona Stadium Friday morning. “Weighed in good, measured well. I’ve talked to some teams and some teams are trying to set up some work outs.”
“Just got to take it in stride and know that I did what I was supposed to do to get picked and get a situation and hopefully hear my name called,” he continued. “I was ready to run, felt real loose, felt fast, felt explosive.”
Coming into the NFL as more of a hybrid safety/linebacker, Magloire used the day as a platform to show the NFL scouts his versatility.
“I feel like I did well,” he said afterwards. “I felt like I flipped my hips well and really executed and show them ‘he has hips like a safety and playing linebacker, he’s strong, fast, physical’, and teams are thinking that on draft day and say ‘hey he’s available let’s get him’.”
Magloire has been hearing a lot of positive feedback since the East-West Shrine Game. Scouts are impressed with his athletic abilities and measurables as they continue to break down his film.
“I’m not worried about anything,” he said about the feedback he’s received. “Regardless of what I want, it’s not going to happen how I want it to happen, it’s going to happen how God wants it to happen. I’ve learned that throughout my whole process.”
Magloire has had quite the process to get to where he is today. He went from prep school to Appalachian State as a quarterback and flipped to running back after one season. Then at Arizona Western College he turned into a safety and finally at Arizona he was a starting linebacker.
“It’s something that God created. I’m not going to have any expectations but hopefully it is hearing my name on draft day.”
On April 7, Magloire will be in New York working out with Giants for his first private meeting. At Pro Day, he also met with the Arizona Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, New York Giants, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He has talked with all 32 NFL teams.
“It’s real surreal,” Magloire said about the draft process. “Going in it’s something you think about as a kid and it’s weird getting a phone call from an NFL coach.”
“I’ve been playing football for a real long time and I’ve been playing Madden for a real long time and there hasn’t been a year where I haven’t created myself on the game. This is going to be surreal to not have to make myself, have an NFL jersey, and be on an NFL roster.”
His NFL stock has risen considerably since the East-West Shrine Game, and that’s what has helped get his name out there for NFL teams.
“I feel like these scouts really saw that,” he said about his performance at the East-West Shrine Game. “A lot of scouts still mention that to me to this day. I’m excited. It’s good having Coach Larry Foote out here from the Cardinals working me out. I had him out there at the Shrine Game and I feel like we have a really, really good relationship.”
Magloire will be watching the NFL Draft with his family in Phoenix, joined by his girlfriend Aubrey and his 10 month old son Brayden.
“Hang out with my family. Just take in the moment,” Magloire said about his draft plans. “They have been real supportive. My son really keeps me going, keeps me motivated. He keeps me going, keeps me working hard and I try to create a future for not only myself but for my family.”
“I’m excited for this process and I’m only getting better. I’m becoming a better player all around and I think I fit a lot of schemes at the next level.”
Pro Day Results
Height: 6’ 0.2”
Weight: 225 pounds
Arm length: 31 inches
40 Yard: 4.55 seconds
3-cone: 6.8 seconds
Vertical: 32 inches
Shuttle: 4.2 seconds
60 yard shuttle: 11.8 seconds
Board Jump: 9’11”
Bench Press: 25 reps