HUNTINGTON — This weekend, a pair of former Marshall football players are in Indianapolis in what is potentially the most important weekend of their lives in the pursuit of their professional dreams.
Marshall wide receiver Tyre Brady and Herd safety Malik Gant take the field at Lucas Oil Stadium - home of the NFL's Indianapolis Colts - over the weekend as some of the best talent from the college ranks looks to impress NFL Scouts at the NFL Scouting Combine, which runs through Monday.
The NFL Scouting Combine is broken down into position groups with each performing different tasks on certain days up until its completion on Monday.
Brady got his portion of the NFL Scouting Combine started on Wednesday with registration, pre-exam testing and interviews, which is basically the orientation process.
On Thursday, Brady's workload continued as he went through official measurements, which are key for any player at the NFL Combine.
One notable change in Brady's measurements from the Senior Bowl was that Brady has added five pounds to his frame - from 206 to 211.
When Brady went through the Senior Bowl process, one noted item was that his upper body could add some weight, which will help him fight off defensive backs in coverage at the next level. Brady and his team went to work on improving that upper body and the results showed during Thursday's measurements.
Production and performance over the last two seasons has shown that Brady is in elite company.
The 6-3, 211-pound receiver out of Miami is one of only five receivers in the nation who posted at least 60 catches, 800 yards and eight touchdowns in each of the last two seasons.
Given the increase in body weight, Brady could become an intriguing draft prospect for teams looking for an outside wide receiver. At the Senior Bowl, Brady was one of the three fastest wide receivers, along with South Carolina's Deebo Samuel and West Virginia's Gary Jennings.
If Brady turns in a solid 40 time, the increase in body weight, plus his ability to catch in traffic could boost his stock.
Currently, Brady is considered an early Day 3 prospect in a receiver-heavy draft class, which places him in the fifth or sixth round. A solid performance this week could vault him into Day 2 standing (rounds 3 and 4).
On Friday, wide receivers go through psychological testing, bench press and media and team interviews before hitting the field on Saturday for on-field drills.
Gant, who decided to forgo his senior year and declare for the 2019 NFL Draft, arrives in Indianapolis on Friday to go through orientation for the NFL Combine.
While Brady is on the field Saturday, Gant will be going through measurements, which will be critical for teams looking at the safety prospect who was Marshall's team MVP last season.
Size was the biggest question mark concerning Gant when he declared for the NFL Draft early last month as he played at around 190 to 195 pounds while at Marshall.
However, agent Chris Coy said through text message on Jan. 29 that Gant was up to 208 pounds while also running a sub-4.5 40-yard dash.
Saturday's measurements, plus Monday's on-field drills, will show exactly how far Gant has come in the offseason.
Considering his physical nature and strength against the run, Gant will turn heads if his body frame has made those types of gains in a short time.
Gant finished with 95 tackles, including nine tackles for loss, and 10 pass breakups for the Herd in 2018 while leading the defense to a top-25 finish nationally.
That comes after a 2017 season in which he went from a former walk-on to one of the team's top defenders with 100 tackles and one of the team's captains.
Both players are looking to make their mark in Indianapolis this weekend in order to draw NFL scouts to Marshall's Pro Day, which takes place at the Chris Cline Athletic Complex on March 13.
The 2019 NFL Draft takes place in Nashville, Tennessee, from April 25-27.