Tyler Wilson, Other Arkansas NFL Prospects Seek Return on Training

by Chris Bahn  on Monday, Apr. 1, 2013 12:00 am  

Knile Davis, former running back for the Arkansas Razorbacks,  has a salary potential of $548,513 to $537,588 if he lands on an NFL roster.  (Photo by Mark Wagner)

An investment made in January could pay millions to his client when the draft begin on April 25. Wilson is projected as a second-round pick and, based on salary figures available from last year, it could be worth more than $1 million annually over four years.

“You want to make sure you have great character people who will take advantage,” Condon said. “You want to have guys that are intelligent enough to understand what this is doing for them and how every aspect is important, even if they don’t completely understand why they have to do some of it. Plus, you want players that have the skill to ascend.”

“It’s obviously an expensive proposition,” Condon added. “You want to make sure you get a guy who will make the most of it.”

Leveraging the Training Dollar

A player training for the NFL Draft doesn’t have to spend big money.

Former University of Arkansas offensive lineman Grant Cook and safety Seth Armbrust kept things very cost-effective last year when training. They were among a group of players who worked out on campus with the Razorback strength and conditioning staff to prepare for the 2012 draft. 

Neither player feels that approach limited his options. Both said working with a training staff they were already familiar with was beneficial.

Armbrust said he had the opportunity to visit with a handful of NFL teams thanks to the strength of his pro day workout. Cook, who now works in sales for a commercial cleaning company, spent last season with the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings before retiring to “get into a little more normal life.”

Asked if he would have spent more to train if given another opportunity, Armbrust said it’s up to a prospect to have a realistic view of his situation. For some players, it makes sense. For others, like him, it isn’t a good use of limited resources.

Armbrust, who now works in medical sales, said he doesn’t regret the decision to not spend tens of thousands of dollars on training. Other than the cost of meals, he wasn’t out much money.

“I don’t think that mattered one bit,” Armbrust said. “I think I’d be doing what I’m doing now and saying, ‘Man, I just added to the student loans I already owe.’”



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