Although 10 pro football hopefuls participated in FIU’s Pro Day on Thursday, the undeniable focus was on Isame Faciane and Greg Hickman, defensive tackles who drew NFL scouts to FIU practices throughout the season.
Faciane, 300 pounds and a smidge over 6-3, possesses a long-limbed frame that exudes a massive athleticism scouts like.
Hickman, on the other hand, looks like a physical “tweener” — a squarish 6-0, 278 pounds that doesn’t look tall enough for a defensive end, mobile enough for a linebacker and would need to add weight to play defensive tackle or nose guard.
But Thursday it was Hickman, FIU’s leader last season in sacks and forced fumbles, who outjumped, outran and outlifted Faciane. Hickman’s vertical jump reached 31 inches to Faciane’s 29. He bench pressed 225 pounds 21 times, and Faciane did it 19.
And Hickman came the closest to breaking 5.0 in the 40-yard dash, running his second 40 in 5.01 to Faciane’s 5.31.
Faciane’s 9-foot, 5-inch standing broad jump outdistanced Hickman’s best jump by three inches.
The best 40 times of the day came from three-year starting cornerback Sam Miller and rarely dressed wide receiver Rockey Vann, each of whom ran a 4.5.
NFL scouts from the Dolphins, Jets, Giants, New England, Buffalo, Jacksonville, Baltimore, Cleveland, San Diego, New Orleans, Jacksonville, Indianapolis, Tampa Bay, Carolina, Oakland, Houston, Pittsburgh, Denver, Tennessee, San Francisco, Green Bay and St. Louis were in attendance. Canadian Football League scouts from Montreal, Winnipeg and the BC Lions (where Dolphins sack specialist Cameron Wake starred for two seasons) also attended.
In a doubleheader, the University of Florida will play Wake Forest and Florida State will meet the University of South Florida in the Orange Bowl Basketball Classic on Dec. 20 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, the OB announced Thursday.