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Mike Viti (AP Photo/Jim McKnight)
Mike Viti (AP Photo/Jim McKnight)

Posted Mar 3, 2008


Caleb Campbell laid out some of the hardest hits Michie Stadium has ever seen. Jeremy Trimble made all kinds plays for Army as a wide receiver and punt returner. Mike Viti is one of the toughest son of a guns to ever put on the uniform for the Black Knights. Owen Tolson's punts had more orbit than a space satellite.

Indeed, these four gentleman had great careers at West Point. Now, they hope to take it to the next level. Trimble, Viti and Tolson will get a chance to impress NFL scouts at Army's Pro Day at 3:30 p.m. Monday at the Foley Athletic Center. Campbell, who attended last week's NFL combine, is expected to sit out the sessions.

Below, we take a look at each player's prospects of playing at the next level.

Caleb Campbell, strong safety

It will be a proud day for all Army fans when we see Campbell playing on Sunday afternoons. Campbell impressed Detroit Lions president Matt Millen, among others, at the NFL combine in Indianapolis. It's certainly not the first time Millen has seen Campbell play. Millen's son, Marcus, a senior, played sparkling special teams for the Black Knights this season.

"(Millen) sat down beside me and we talked," Campbell said. "I felt a lot better after that conversation. It's reassuring to know that you've caught someone's eye, even when you didn't get to compete at your best. Several other scouts took the time to come speak to me as well."

Campbell ran a 4.5 40-yard dash, but tweaked his hamstring after the run. He sat out the agility drills to prevent further injury. Campbell has been projected as a sixth or seventh round pick in April's NFL draft.

He may even slip down to a free agent, but still will likely get a legit NFL scout. Some teams have thought about moving Campbell, who is 6-foot-2, 225 pounds, to linebacker.

Jeremy Trimble, wide receiver

Trimble would love to follow his dad, Steven, into the NFL. Steven Trimble played defensive back for Denver (1981-83) and Chicago (1987). He also played in the NFL.

Maybe Steven could even help get his son an NFL look. Jeremy Trimble could very well get invited to an NFL camp as a non-guaranteed free agent, but would be a longshot to make the a team as a wide receiver.

However, with his determination, maybe Trimble could make the practice squad or play special teams, and work up from there.

"I hope for the best for Jeremy," Steven Trimble said. "He wants the opportunity to show he can play at the next level. I think with his ability, he can get a look."

Owen Tolson, punter

Tolson had a good showing at the combine and his size and athleticism are both assets. NFLdraftscout.com ranks Tolson as the fifth-ranked punter out of 53. With that ranking, Tolson would be drafted if he were playing any position, other than kicker.

But punters don't go in bunches in the draft. Still, Tolson seems to be a lock to get a free agent shot.

Tolson has good leg strength and pinned Army's opponents during his career with pinpoint punts. His hang time would likely need to improve at the next level.

Mike Viti, fullback

NFLdraftscout.com has Viti ranked 24th out of 93 fullbacks, which isn't bad, considering he rarely ran the ball during his career.

Viti, 5-foot-9, 242 pounds, could be one of the toughest players in college football, but is playing on two surgically-repaired knees. He could be the longest longshot of the Army group. But with his heart and determination, you never know. Viti likely could get a free agent invite to training camp.


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