Tampa Bay: Valentine Holmes' bold decision to walk away from the NRL and a new $5 million Cronulla contract is about to face a crucial test when scouts from all 32 NFL teams put him under a microscope.
A bulked up Holmes and six other elite international athletes selected for the NFL's International Pathway Program will run the 40-yard dash and perform drills to show their speed and agility during an on-field workout in Florida on Monday (Tuesday AEDT).
They will also be measured and undergo interviews with scouts or team representatives.
The "Pro Day" will be held at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' $US32 million air-conditioned indoor training facility and if Holmes impresses, an NFL team could swoop in and sign him to a free agent contract.
"I'm confident in myself," Holmes said.
Holmes has spent the past three months with the other Pathway players at the IMG Academy in Florida getting a crash course in American football.
The former NRL, Queensland and Australian rugby league backline star has stacked on three kilograms of muscle, lost body fat and followed a weight room regime focussed on short bursts of explosive power.
The 40-yard dash is a benchmark test for NFL hopefuls, particularly a speedster like Holmes who has been pencilled in as a running back, wide-receiver and returner.
"This sport is based more on speed in the one to 40 yard range so all of the training and routes we run have been focussed on that," Holmes said.
"There's also been a lot of work in the weight room with jump squats and anything to do with exploding and jumping off the ground, vertical jumps."
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