UGA players work to impress scouts

semerson@macon.comMarch 6, 2012 

ATHENS -- Cordy Glenn wasn’t known for his dry wit when he was a current Georgia football player, but impending NFL glory is loosening him up.

Glenn, who measured in at 345 pounds at last month’s NFL Scouting Combine, was asked Monday about also running the 40-yard dash in 4.96 seconds, almost unheard of for an offensive lineman.

“I was trying to get to 4.8. I don’t know what happened,” Glenn said with a wry smile.

It was a more low-key Pro Day at Georgia than in past years. There is no A.J. Green or Matthew Stafford, or anybody certain to go in the top half of the first round. Glenn has a good chance at the first round, and Orson Charles is likely to go in the first two rounds. Center Ben Jones is a good bet to go in the middle rounds.

But the rest of the attendees still have to impress scouts, or at least allay injury fears -- especially Brandon Boykin.

The cornerback fractured his fibula in his right knee in the Senior Bowl in January. He said he was 85 percent healthy now, but he decided to wait to work out for scouts until he is fully healthy, hopefully next month.

“It was frustrating, the timing was terrible. But at the same time the combine and Pro Day isn’t the be-all end-all,” Boykin said. “I feel like I had a really good career, and people know I can do a lot of great things. I’m a very versatile person, my speed and athleticism shouldn’t be a question. So we’ll just have to wait and see.”

It was an important day for defensive lineman DeAngelo Tyson, who was at last month’s NFL combine but did not participate. He said he was “medically excluded” from the NFL combine for reasons he would not discuss.

Tyson has since been cleared and was a full-go for Monday.

“It’s my dream to play football, and I think I’m making a big step towards doing that,” Tyson said.

Blair Walsh entered his senior year as one of the nation’s top place-kickers. But he struggled in 2011, so his hope lies in teams discounting his senior season and being impressed with his workouts. Walsh thinks he helped himself by nailing 9-of-10 attempts on Monday, including a 60-yarder.

“They all want to see you do well and do well under pressure, like in the combine and here (Monday), and in the individual workouts,” Walsh said. “If you do well in that and you’re successful in that, you’ll get a spot somewhere. That’s the goal.”

Punter Drew Butler is more hopeful of being drafted. He’s rated as one of the top prospects at his position, but it’s a position where not many players are selected.

“I’m preparing to be drafted and be able to start next year and be able to help out a team any way they wanted to,” Butler said. “The way I punted in the SEC for three years and the way that my stats got me to this level … I think I’m worthy of a draft pick.”

Other players -- tight end Aron White and offensive lineman Justin Anderson -- are hoping a team takes a flyer on them late in the draft.

Then there is Charles, who was the only underclassman to leave Georgia early after the 2011 season. Right now his decision seems a good one, as he’s rated one of the top two tight ends in the draft. Charles is hoping for an invite to New York to hear his name called in person, and he was up front when asked what it would mean to be the first tight end picked.

“To tell you the truth, it would mean a great deal,” Charles said. “But you never know how the draft works out. Two tight ends could go in the first round, two tight ends could go in the second round. I just want a job right now.”

The Telegraph is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service