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Former NIU football players perform at Pro Day

Published: Saturday, March 9, 2013 5:31 a.m. CST

DeKALB – Rashaan Melvin wanted to show he could run.

The former NIU cornerback, who led the Mid-American Conference with 17 pass breakups last season, certainly has legitimate size. He measured 6-foot-2, 192 pounds at Friday’s pro day.

Melvin’s size isn’t an issue, and he certainly helped himself out with his 40-yard dash, unofficially a 4.3.

“Only thing I was thinking was getting out, getting my head down and running as fast as I can,” Melvin said. “Something that I worked on. It’s pretty much all it was. It happened today, I guess.”

Leading up to the NFL Draft, Melvin will keep training and plans on having some team visits. He felt like he helped his stock with his pro day performance.

“I’m confident that I opened some scouts’ eyes,” Melvin said.

Spann looking healthy: Chad Spann wanted to show NFL teams he was healthy again.

Two years ago, Spann took part in NIU’s pro day, getting ready for his NFL opportunity. Since his Huskies career ended, Spann has spent time with the Colts, Buccaneers and Steelers, but he’s had to fight through two torn hamstrings.

Released by Pittsburgh in May, Spann finally feels healthy. He was back at NIU’s pro day once again, taking part in football drills in front of roughly 20 NFL scouts, hoping to get another opportunity.

“Moved around and showed that I could still catch and run,” Spann said. “And I’m healthy.”

Harnish back as well: The player throwing to NIU’s backs and receivers, as well as defensive players, was another familiar face – Indianapolis Colts quarterback Chandler Harnish, the final pick of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Harnish was also the 2011 Mid-American Conference MVP as an NIU senior.

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