In the never-ending search for players, the NFL will chronicle height, weight, speed, game-day performance and character. Scouts will crisscross the nation measuring any and all things that will help solve the riddle of who will or won't make it.
Then, of course, there are IT skills.
For the guy who might be the most-viewed NFL prospect in the state, the first thought of a pro career arrived with one gummed-up computer.
"I was actually in a team room where we go to do homework and a couple of the scouts were in there watching film and the (computer) just crashed," Colorado State-Pueblo offensive tackle Ryan Jensen said. "So I went in and figured it out, got it going and they said, 'You're No. 66, right?'
And I said I was, and they started telling me, 'You need to do this, this and this, and you've got a really good shot.' "
CSU-Pueblo coach John Wristen, a former Colorado assistant and recruiting coordinator, said representatives from all 32 NFL teams visited campus this fall and that scouts from 11 teams saw Jensen play in person.
Jensen, 6-foot-5, 305 pounds, played left tackle for four seasons for the Thunderwolves. But the former high school center, who often snapped the ball in practice at CSU-Pueblo, is seen as a guard who could move in and play center if asked to, a coveted swing player for NFL teams in these salary cap times.
"He's as good as anybody I've ever been around," said Wristen, a former assistant at CU, Northwestern and UCLA. "That's the Big Ten, Pac-12, Big 12, whatever Division I conferences I've been in.
"He's just one of the most competitive big guys I've ever been around. He's a guy who can play three positions inside, potentially, in the NFL. When we first got him, when we saw how athletic he was, how explosive, we knew. Some big guys are just floppers; they spend too much time on the ground. This guy was athletic, ran well and was just so tenacious."
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NFL found its way to Pueblo to see Thunderwolves' prospect
Denver Post | Jan 22