Though not at combine, Tech’s Howard is still working on pro dream

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.

No, Howard didn't play football with a watch on.

No, Howard didn't play football with a watch on.

“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

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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.

41 comments Add your comment

REW

February 26th, 2010
9:48 am

Dannyboy

February 26th, 2010
9:50 am

Thanks for all your hard work and being a great representative for GT, Cord! Good luck with your NFL dreams.

collegeballfan

February 26th, 2010
10:03 am

If he can run a 5.1 40 at 321 pounds he will be drafted. Then it will be up to him.

Gt4ever

February 26th, 2010
10:32 am

He is big and fast, he will do well at the next level….

Worm

February 26th, 2010
10:49 am

any ol who chooses Tech will not become a great pass blocker.Therefore, he’ll be overlooked by most NFL teams.

GTISLAME

February 26th, 2010
10:49 am

Where was his run-blocking when dwyer only ran for 33 yards against UGA??? No wonder he wasn’t invited to the combine!

UGA 30 – gt 24!!

HAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

WISE

February 26th, 2010
11:23 am

So you took time out of your to make that comment? and you guys wonder why every other school hates uga fans….5 losses

john

February 26th, 2010
1:01 pm

Thanks for looking in to this Doug. I can’t imagine I was the only one wondering what he was up to.

jockette

February 26th, 2010
2:31 pm

I’m pulling for you Cord, I know you’ll get an opportunity! Thanks for everything you did for GT.

30-24 Dawgs - WE RUN THIS STATE!

February 26th, 2010
2:34 pm

gt’s defense could have used Cord as Washaun and Caleb ran wild all night. 30-24 all year long.

Goldenrod

February 26th, 2010
2:38 pm

I will personally buy a round of drinks at 11PM at Backstreet the night Jaybow Shaw officially announces his transfer to Georgia Southern. Kid is a fumbleruski waiting to happen and Nesbitt is SO much better.

the voice of truth

February 26th, 2010
4:08 pm

you UGA guys really blow,,win lose or draw you are consistent I have to give you that much,,you always show up and you always blow,,

messin with sasquatch

February 26th, 2010
4:15 pm

ugaggers, you are fools. you can thank cpj that cmr is coming back.

messin with sasquatch

February 26th, 2010
4:16 pm

uf uk ut – can’t be beat – that is why you will dwell in the sec cellar.

Rainy night in Ga.

February 26th, 2010
5:35 pm

I think J Shaw should transfer. Ha can help GSU become better, bc he will be riding pine his Jr AND Sr yrs once BJ becomes familiar with CPJ’s playcallin. Good move jaybo and good luck!

hahaha

February 26th, 2010
6:34 pm

DOGS RUN THE STATE…. hahahahahhaha
man you guys are awesome… hahahahahahaa
WHAT ELSE DO U RUN…. NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING GYMNASTICS NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING JAN KEMP NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING NFL STARS KNOCKING OUT 18 OLDS NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING TOILET BOWL STADIUM NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING

SAV DAWG

February 26th, 2010
7:07 pm

Remenber This ?
Nov. 28
Georgia 30 … at Georgia Tech 24
Georgia outgained the Yellow Jackets 339 yards to 205 on the ground with Caleb King running for a 75 yard touchdown in the third quarter and a six yarder to start out the scoring, but Georgia Tech would bounce back. Down 24-10 after King’s home run, the Yellow Jackets got a five-yard Jonathan Dwyer scoring run and a one-yard score from Josh Nesbitt, who also connected with Demaryius Thomas for a 76-yard touchdown in the third, to pull within six. With the ball late, Tech went to the air, but Thomas dropped a first down pass to give Georgia the win. Blair Walsh connected on three field goals from 22, 38 and 43 yards away for the Bulldogs.
Player of the Game: Georgia RBs Washaun Ealey and Caleb King combined for 349 yards and two scores (both King’s) and 38 carries.
Georgia Tech: Passing: Josh Nesbitt, 6-12, 135 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Josh Nesbitt, 19-41, 1 TD, Receiving: Damaryius Thomas, 5-127, 1 TD
Georgia: Passing: Joe Cox, 8-14, 76 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Washaun Ealey, 20-183, Receiving: Rantavious Wooten, 2-25
What It All Means: Georgia Tech appeared to be looking ahead to the ACC Championship vs. Clemson, but the team isn’t making any excuses. Morgan Burnett, who made 16 tackles, complained that the team became complacent, but it might have been exposed more than anything else, at least on defense, as a Georgia offense that can’t run on anyone tore off 339 yards. The Tech offense wasn’t sharp and didn’t appear to be focused, but give the

superDawg

February 26th, 2010
7:28 pm

We run down your throat nerd.Just ask m.

superDawg

February 26th, 2010
7:32 pm

tek averaged 4,095 more fans last season,you were short 5 fans from filling up the bandwagon.

Al

February 26th, 2010
7:57 pm

Good luck Cord. Thanks for your hard work and professionalism at gt.

superDawg's probation officer

February 26th, 2010
8:27 pm

shut your pie hole, scumbag. You are not allowed to do crack while you are on probation.

B'ham Jacket

February 26th, 2010
8:40 pm

Good luck, Cord and thanks for all you have done at and for Tech!

hahaha

February 26th, 2010
9:09 pm

DO U REMEMBER THIS UGA HAS NOTHING BUT ONE CHIP WITH JAN KEMP WRITTEN ON IT >>> AND ALL IT DOES IS SAY WE RUN THIS STATE TO A EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTE 1/3 ITS SIZE….. BARK DOGS BARK…. SO FUNNY WHEN FAT REDNECKS WHO HAVE NEVER LEFT THE SOUTH LET ALONE GEORGIA ARE BARKING IN A STADIUM SHAPED LIKE A TOILET BOWL
HAHAHAHAHAHAH YOU GUYS AINT SQUAT IN YOUR LEAGUE WE RUN THIS STATE IS THE ONLY THING YOU CAN EVER SAY BC IT AINT THE SEC OR THE COUNTRY..

High School Teams?

February 27th, 2010
12:51 am

Enter your comments here

High School Teams?

February 27th, 2010
12:54 am

Haha..i love tech..and we get called a high school team. but isnt it funny..”big brother” from the big bad sec beat us and they get their year to gloat. but they treat it like its Griffin vs Northside Warner Robins…the WE RUN THIS STATE stuff is what i did when i was competing for things that were important in the state…like CHAMPIONSHIPS…and Geargia Tech has one :)

superDawg

February 27th, 2010
6:20 am

nerd read your history book.

Alabama Jack

February 27th, 2010
8:15 am

dumb delusional dawgs are irrelevant.

GTechsta

February 27th, 2010
9:11 am

Nice article Doug. It’s a shame that some of the ‘necks have to come on here and act like little jerk children and drag it down to the lowest level possible. Doug, article suggestion…….how about something on the GT baseball team? #3 in the nation.

Ghost of UGA VII

February 27th, 2010
9:37 am

Sorry Tech, Super Dog is an idiot, but I think he knows it. Better here than in Shreveport. Wof, wof, Super Dog can I borrow your right leg, just for a few minutes.

Turnt_UP!

February 27th, 2010
4:23 pm

Goldenrod, is Backstreet open again? I thought it got torn down years ago…

Shane

February 27th, 2010
4:46 pm

There is a new Sheriff in town and his name is Mark Fox

(73-66) And thats only the beginning.

superDawg

February 27th, 2010
6:08 pm

Simmon says tuck fech,NUFF SAID.

MuttH8tr

February 27th, 2010
7:06 pm

Mutt fans crap on their own campus. This is their contribution.

woof

Delbert D.

February 27th, 2010
7:35 pm

Delbert sez Fark Mox, nuff said.

Delbert D.

February 27th, 2010
7:37 pm

And Haul Pewitt while we’re at it.

messin with sasquatch

February 27th, 2010
8:41 pm

listen again doggs. you are cellar dwellers in the sec. enjoy the view lookin up at the cream – bama and the gators.
beatin tech may make YOU feel good but thats all it does. get competitive in the sec and maybe you get respect.
why? because techies are not impressed. so who are you impressing? no one……

GTMom

February 27th, 2010
11:34 pm

Cord, we wish you all the luck in the world. Any NFL team would be lucky to get such a wonderful young man!

Tokyo jacket

February 28th, 2010
3:33 am

Good luck to Cord. If he can get his reps up with that speed, he should have a good shot at the NFL.

Good luck to Jaybo too!

superDawg

February 28th, 2010
1:49 pm

Hey sascrotch you hide behind uf.uk,and ut.Man up nerd.

Goldenrod

February 28th, 2010
4:35 pm

I do remember SavDawg. Don’t remind me.

Remenber This ?
Nov. 28
Georgia 30 … at Georgia Tech 24
Georgia outgained the Yellow Jackets 339 yards to 205 on the ground with Caleb King running for a 75 yard touchdown in the third quarter and a six yarder to start out the scoring, but Georgia Tech would bounce back. Down 24-10 after King’s home run, the Yellow Jackets got a five-yard Jonathan Dwyer scoring run and a one-yard score from Josh Nesbitt, who also connected with Demaryius Thomas for a 76-yard touchdown in the third, to pull within six. With the ball late, Tech went to the air, but Thomas dropped a first down pass to give Georgia the win. Blair Walsh connected on three field goals from 22, 38 and 43 yards away for the Bulldogs.
Player of the Game: Georgia RBs Washaun Ealey and Caleb King combined for 349 yards and two scores (both King’s) and 38 carries.

BIG BEE

February 28th, 2010
9:15 pm

HEY, WE RUN THIS STATE, Glad to know that. I have been wondering who to be POed at for the sorry state of this state. Are you in charge of the US also? Another sorry mess!!!