Cord Howard admits participating at the NFL Combine has always been another step in the dream of becoming a professional football player.
However, despite being an all-conference performer at guard for Georgia Tech’s ACC championship team, Howard wasn’t invited to Indianapolis to participate in front of scouts and general managers for the 32 teams in the league.
“I understand that everybody doesn’t go,” Howard said. “At the end of the day I can only control what I can control.”
Howard, a native of Phenix City, Ala., said he was told he wasn’t invited because the combine ran out of spots for guards and tackles at the workouts.
But he hasn’t given up on the dream. He’s a part-time student this year while he works out at the Competitive Edge in Gwinnett to stay in shape.
He participated in the East-West All-Star game in January. He said he interviewed with several teams at the game, who told him he was a solid run-blocker who needed to improve his pass-blocking. So, that’s what he’s been doing the past few weeks.
He said he’s finally healthy after accumulating the nicks and muscle pulls that most football players carry through a season. He’s also been working on improving his speed and maintaining his weight. Now 321 pounds, he said he ran a 5.1 time in the 40 recently.
He said he’s confident he’s going to get drafted, likely between the 5th and 7th rounds. Though he played guard at Tech, he’s projected/expected to also compete at right tackle.
“The thing is really getting in there [with a team],” Howard said.
He said he’s going to work out for scouts at Tech’s prod day in mid-March.
“[I've got] all the tools to play at the next level,” Howard said. “Like any other player I’ve got a few things to work on.”
You can follow the AJC’s coverage of the Combine on colleague Darryl Ledbetter’s blog at http://bit.ly/a5z0dk
Couple of other notes:
Jaybo Shaw, who it was reported earlier this week wants to transfer, is still enrolled at Tech. It was speculated that he will transfer to Georgia Southern, where he will be coached by former Tech assistant Jeff Monken. Shaw has until April 1 to apply to get into school for the summer semester, and Aug. 1 to enroll for the fall semester.
Also, B.J. Bostic, an early enrollee at Tech, could also compete at QB in spring practice. He played QB in high school.