Forsythe, Heggie make their case to NFL teams at Florida's Pro Day

Zach Abolverdi
The Gainesville Sun
Florida offensive lineman Stone Forsythe performs a drill during last week's Pro Day on campus.

In addition Florida quarterback Kyle Trask and his receiving trio, the two linemen who snapped him the ball and protected his blind side made their case to NFL teams Wednesday at UF’s Pro Day. 

Gators left tackle Stone Forsythe and center Brett Heggie helped pave the way for Trask’s record-setting success in 2020, and both started every game the past two seasons. Last year Heggie received SEC Lineman of the Week honors for the third time in his career, but Trask said Forsythe didn’t get enough credit for his play. 

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“It was great for Kyle to be a Heisman finalist. It kind of just gives me a little energy boost at the end of the day knowing that I helped him do that,” Forsythe said. “I feel like I still don’t have the kind of recognition that people think I should have or that I want, but that’s fine with me. I’ll be an underdog. I just know that whatever team takes a chance on me I’ll be one of the best out there.”

Heggie moved from guard to center as a senior and took on a lot of pre-snap responsibilities for an offense that ranked No. 1 nationally in passing. The role he played at that position, coupled with his experience at both guard positions, has NFL teams interested. 

“The big thing they like is my ability to play multiple positions, move around, how I approach the game, my mental preparation, my size. Those are things that they like,” Heggie said. “I thought I did fairly well playing multiple positions throughout my years here at Florida. It’s definitely something that will help me out.”

Forsythe helped himself with his weigh in and performance at Pro Day. He dropped eight pounds through dieting and slimmed down to 307. 

The 6-foot-8 Forsythe also showed off some athleticism for a big guy, clocking an impressive 7.47 in the 3-cone drill and running the 40-yard dash in 5.14.

“I kind of wanted to go out and just give a fresh picture of me in their minds,” Forsythe said. “I feel like I kind of had a bad picture in their minds just from the Oklahoma game. It just wasn’t our best game, so I kind of wanted to show out that I can kind of move and be athletic and just look natural. I feel like the Pro Day kind of helped me show them what I can do, so we’ll see if it boosted my stock.”

Forsythe said he’s projected as a mid-to-late-round pick, according to Florida coach Dan Mullen and the feedback he’s been hearing. Heggie has spoken to five or six NFL teams and added that his agent is talking to some others. 

“My big thing coming into it was proving I could change direction and doing well in position drills. I feel like I did that. I’m pretty happy with it,” said Heggie, who battled various injuries early in his career. “The prior injuries definitely came up. That’s just them doing their job. 

Florida offensive lineman Brett Heggie runs for time during last week's Pro Day.

“I tell them, ‘Listen, I’ve started in over 30 games since then and I’ve played two clean seasons since my ACL in 2017. I’ve proven that I can come back and play at a high level. It’s definitely something I overcame and got better from.”