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6 former Huskies participate in annual Pro Day

11 NFL teams scout NIU football prospects
Tim Dodge
Former NIU quarterback Rocky Lombardi drops back during passing drills at Thursday’s Pro Day inside the Chessick Practice Center. Lombardi worked out in front of scouts from at least 11 NFL teams. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

DeKALB Six former Huskies and five other draft-eligible players worked out in front of NFL scouts ahead of April’s 2024 NFL Draft Thursday at the Chessick Practice Center for NIU’s annual Pro Day.

Measurements were taken ahead of on-field testing. All six Huskies took part in the vertical jump, broad jump and three-cone drills. 

Defensive tackle James Ester did not participate in the 40-yard dash and quarterback Rocky Lombardi was not involved in the bench press test.

The following NFL scouting departments were in attendance: Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, Washington Commanders, Chicago Bears, Seattle Seahawks, Cincinnati Bengals, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, Detroit Lions, Cleveland Browns and the San Francisco 49ers. 


2021 MAC Champion, 2024 Camellia Bowl Champion and six-year vet, Lombardi has exhausted the last of his NCAA eligibility. The former Michigan State commit appeared in 30 games as a Huskie, completing 439 of his passes for 5,516 yards and 31 passing touchdowns. 

Weight: 223 lbs

Height: 6-foot-3-inches

Vertical jump: 35 inches 

Broad jump: 9 feet 10 inches

Three-cone drill: 7.25 seconds

40-yard dash: 4.70 seconds


Jackson participated in all 13 games of the 2023 season predominantly as a rotational piece. The Lamar University graduate transfer racked up 56 total tackles, 2 tackles for loss (TFL) and was named MAC West Defensive Player of the Week for his 10-tackle performance against Ball State University on Nov. 7.

Weight: 231 lbs

Height: 6 feet

Vertical jump: 26.5 inches

Broad jump: 8 feet 9 inches

Three-cone drill: 7.40 seconds 

40-yard dash: 4.97 seconds

225 lb bench press: 6 reps 


The 289-pound behemoth became exceedingly more productive in each season as a Huskie. Over 49 games, the three-time All-MAC honoree accumulated 121 total tackles, 20 TFL, 2 forced fumbles and an interception as a member of the red-and-black.

Weight 289 lbs

Height: 6-foot-2-inches

Vertical jump: 27.5 inches

Broad jump: 8 feet 11 inches

Three-cone drill: 7.72 seconds

225 lb bench press: 23 reps


DaRon Gilbert, a standout and transfer from Lafayette College, started all 13 games at linebacker for the Huskies. The former safety-linebacker hybrid finished 2023 with 51 total tackles, 2.5 TFL, 0.5 sacks and 1 pass deflection. 

Weight: 214 lbs

Height: 6-foot-1-inch

Vertical jump: 34 inches

Broad jump: 9 feet 7 inches

Three-cone drill: 7.22 seconds

40-yard dash: 4.72 seconds

225 lb bench press: 14 reps


Nolan Potter started his first full season in 2020 and has since then been the anchor at offensive tackle for the Huskies. The 6-foot-5-inch pass protector was named First-Team All-MAC twice and was dubbed the team’s Offensive Player of the Year in 2022. 

Weight: 310 lbs

Height: 6-foot-5-inches

Vertical jump: 27 inches

Broad jump: 8 feet 7 inches

Three-cone drill: 8.28 seconds

40-yard dash: 5.20 seconds

225 lb bench press: 25 reps


Gabriel Amegatcher was predominantly a special teams player who saw limited snaps at cornerback in 2023. Amegatcher was acquired through the transfer portal following the 2022 season as a former University of Nebraska-Kearney Lopers member and had just 5 total tackles this season. 

Weight: 202 lbs

Height: 6-foot-1-inch

Vertical jump: 33 inches

Broad jump: 10 feet 4 inches

Three-cone drill: 7.38 seconds

40-yard dash: 4.65 seconds

225 lb bench press: 16 reps 

The NFL Draft is scheduled for April 25 to April 27 and will be held at Campus Martius Park and Hart Plaza in Detroit, Michigan. 

NIU released its full 13-game schedule for the 2024 football season on Tuesday.

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