NEW YORK—Representatives of 20 National Football League teams were on campus Thursday afternoon to watch three Columbia Football seniors—Lord Hyeamang, Dominic Perkovic and Cameron Roane—perform in an NFL Pro Day Workout at Columbia’s Bubble at Baker.
Thirty-three NFL scouts were in attendance from over 20 teams including the New York Giants, New York Jets, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, Detroit Lions, New England Patriots, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins, Houston Texans, Denver Broncos, Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Seattle Seahawks, Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts and Arizona Cardinals. In addition, national and local New York media members were on hand to cover three-hour long event.
The teams watched a group of 13 collegiate athletes from a variety of Northeastern United States schools run through various strength, speed and agility drills. The event began with weigh-ins and physical measurements held at Columbia’s weight room in the Campbell Sports Center. Bench press, standing broad jump and vertical jump distances were also taken. The group then moved to the Bubble at Baker where the athletes ran a 40-yard dash and 60-yard shuttle followed by quickness agility drills and position-specific drills for quarterbacks, wide receivers and linemen.
Hyeamang, a 6-foot-4-inch, 285 pound defensive tackle, earned All-Ivy League honors for the second straight year (First Team) in 2017 as he was a Second Team pick in 2016. He ranked No. 17 in the Ivy League in tackles for loss (5.0-17 yards) and finished with 24 total tackles (nine solo) and 1.0 sack as a senior in 2017. In his 39-game and four-year collegiate career, Hyeamang amassed 77 total tackles, 14.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks. A Lakeville, Minn. native, Hyeamang served as one of four Columbia captains in 2017 and majors in Psychology/Pre-Med.
Perkovic, a 6-foot-6-inch, 270-pound defensive tackle, concluded his Columbia career as a four-year starter after having seen action in 37 games and 30 starts. The Bloomfield Hills, Mich. native finished the 2017 season with 26 tackles (nine solo) 4.0 tackles for loss and two sacks. Over his four-year career, Perkovic has made 97 tackles. He is a Political Science major.
Roane reportedly ran a 4.5 40-yard dash time and registered a 39-inch vertical leap in Thursday’s workout. A 6-foot, 195-pound cornerback, Roane was the Ivy League’s top cover-corner in 2017. He earned All-Ivy League honors for the second consecutive season as he was a First Team selection in 2017. A superb one-on-one cornerback in Columbia’s defensive scheme, Roane ranked tied for No. 4 in the Ivy League and led the Lions with nine pass breakups. He also totaled 25 tackles (19 solo) as a senior. Over his four-year, 35-game career, Roane made 76 tackles, intercepted one pass and broke up 20 passes. Roane, who concluded his career by starting 20 consecutive games, is an Architecture major from Durham, N.C.
The event was originally scheduled to take place at Fordham University in the Bronx, but due to inclement weather conditions, the gathering was moved indoors to Columbia’s brand-new indoor practice facility, the Bubble at Baker.