Senior Bowl: Ex-Auburn fullback Prosch wants to show he belongs in NFL
by Marq Burnett
mburnett@annistonstar.com
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South fullback Jay Prosch of Auburn puts on his helmet during Senior Bowl practice at Fairhope Municipal Stadium. (AP Photo/G.M. Andrews)
South fullback Jay Prosch of Auburn puts on his helmet during Senior Bowl practice at Fairhope Municipal Stadium. (AP Photo/G.M. Andrews)
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MOBILE -- Former Auburn fullback Jay Prosch knows he’s about to enter a league that doesn’t have a high demand for the services he provides.

But instead of dwelling on that fact, Prosch is using Senior Bowl week to prove he belongs on an NFL roster.

“Just trying to really showcase what I’m all about,” Prosch said. “Hopefully show some people that I’m a little bit faster than they thought and that I can catch the ball.”

With the league becoming more pass happy, not every team employs a fullback. Even most of the run-heavy teams run the ball out of single back sets and use tight ends and pulling guards to make up for not having a true fullback.

To say teams are shying away from fullbacks would be an understatement. A grand total of three fullbacks were drafted in 2013 with the first coming in the fourth round.

According to ESPN.com, Prosch is the second-best fullback prospect in the 2014 draft, but he received a grade of 33 which translates to players who “do not have the full package in terms of NFL talent” and players that “usually rate in the bottom third of players at his position and will be considered a late-round draft choice or un-drafted free agent.”

Still, there is hope for Prosch, who is 6-foot-0 and 256 pounds. One scout watching Senior Bowl workouts, who didn't wish to be named because he isn't authorized by his NFL team to speak about individual prospects, called Prosch a “tank” and noted if he can prove he is a legitimate pass-catching threat out of the backfield, he’ll definitely find a home in the NFL.

For his Auburn career, Prosch caught just 11 passes for 115 yards. But five of those receptions came this season, including a long of 56 yards and a touchdown.

Prosch carried the ball 12 times and scored two touchdowns in 2012, but didn’t have a single carry in 2013.

Along with getting faster and stronger, Prosch wants to show his versatility to set himself apart.

“I think I offer more than just blocking,” he said. “I can fill in at spots on special teams and things like that. I can catch the ball well so that’s obviously a plus. Teams still use fullbacks. I think if you have a good fullback who could blow up in a whole then that’s definitely something everybody wants and that’s what I’m shooting for.”
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