Former NRL star Valentine Holmes describes NFL tryout as 'nerve-wracking'

Valentin Holmes worked out at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' practice facility.
Valentin Holmes worked out at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' practice facility. Photo credit: AAP

Valentine Holmes has described his audition for a large group of NFL scouts as "nerve-wracking", but was pleased with his performance and hopeful he would receive a call from a team.

Scouts from most of the NFL's 32 teams attended the 'Pro Day' at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice facility in Florida on Monday (local time).

Holmes and six other international athletes picked for the NFL's International Pathway programme were measured, performed speed and agility drills, and caught balls thrown by a quarterback.

At the end of the workout, scouts huddled around and asked Holmes questions.

"They actually asked if I had played this game before and I said, 'No, I've only been here for 11 weeks'," Holmes told AAP after the session.

"They were pretty surprised how quickly I had picked the game up."

It's now a waiting game.

Holmes expects to fly back to Australia in the next couple of weeks, when his 12-week practice stint at the IMG Academy ends.

Interested NFL teams could call him for another workout or sign him as a free agent.

The Pathway programme could also place him on an NFL team's practice squad that would allow him to train, but not play games.

AAP