Dolegala Continues NFL Dream At CCSU Pro Day

Daniel Fappiano, Layout Editor

No football player has been drafted out of Central Connecticut since 2007. With his arm and a growing number of NFL eyes on him, quarterback Jacob Dolegala is looking to end that streak.

With five scouts from three different teams watching, Dolegala was able to show off his arm talent at CCSU’s Pro Day. While he didn’t participate in any of the athletic drills, already having done so at the University of Buffalo’s Pro Day, Dolegala threw for around 30 minutes on various routes to three different receivers.

“It was great, I didn’t do any of the testing as far as the 40, but I came out here and threw well,” Dolegala said. “It was great having Malik. He ran super well and looked great in his routes, it was an overall good opportunity.”

Malik (or Courtney) Rush was one of the three receivers catching passes from Dolegala. The fellow draft hopeful had nothing but praise for his former teammate.

“Jake has been my quarterback ever since I got here. His first pass, I caught. His first touchdown, I caught. I’ve been working with Jake for four years now, I saw it in him since the very beginning,” Rush said. “He knew he had it, now it’s kind of automatic. It’s no surprise to me he’s getting all these looks.”

Dolegala has been receiving plenty of buzz as the Apr. 25 NFL Draft approaches. Kalyn Kahler of Sports Illustrated recently reported that some scouts have the former Blue Devil being selected in the sixth or seventh round.

Dolegala himself has heard from numerous scouts who see him being selected in April.

“A lot of scouts I’ve been talking to have given me a draftable grade,” Dolegala said. “I can go anywhere from the fourth round to a priority free agent.  So it’s really up to them as to who wants me.”

Scouts from the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles were all present to watch Dolegala throw. One anonymous scout said that Dolegala impressed him with his athleticism and big arm. He went on to say that while Dolegala puts a lot of zing on his passes, sometimes he needs to dial it back.

The scout’s assessment seemed accurate, despite overthrowing his receiver on a few corner routes, Dolegala shined in the short and intermediate game while also hitting Rush on a deep 75-yard pass.

For Dolegala, being the first Blue Devil drafted in 12 years would be much more than just a personal accomplishment.

“Being drafted would be unbelievable as far as being able to represent the school,” Dolegala said. “I love Central, it’s a second home to me. The fact that my brothers went there, it would mean a lot for my family and the Blue Devil family as well.”

Dolegala confirmed that he has been talking to multiple teams who are interested in bringing him in for an individual work out. He will take part in the Buffalo Bills’ local day and look to continue garnering NFL attention.

As Dolegala moves on from his Pro Day and into the next leg of pre-draft workouts, the Central standout says he has all the tools to be an NFL quarterback.

“No one is going to outwork me. I’m a heck of a talent as far as arm strength and I’m a great leader,” Dolegala said. “I’m sure not a vocal guy, but I lead by example and my teammates follow me. I don’t want to say I lead them into battle, but I do. I’m a great leader, on the field, I’m a baller.”