Earlier today, 16 former Yellow Jackets participated in Georgia Tech’s pro day in front of representatives for 26 NFL teams.
Georgia Tech Pro Day 2019 Participants
D-Led’s article shares some pretty good insight into some players that are trying out different positions. The article lists Vic Alexander (FB), Jalen Johnson (LB) and TaQuon Marshall (WR) among that group. It also states that Anree Saint-Amour suffered a hamstring injury during his 40-yard dash and was unable to participate in drills.
Note: This list comes from RamblinWreck.com
- Jalen Johnson – 4.61
- Brad Stewart – 4.66
- Malik Rivera – 4.69
- TaQuon Marshall – 4.70
- Brad Stewart – 4.19
- JJ Green – 4.28
- Qua Searcy – 6.97 (would have ranked third among running backs at 2019 NFL Combine)
- Brad Stewart – 7.03
- Qua Searcy – 11.63 (would have ranked first among running backs at 2019 NFL Combine)
- TaQuon Marshall – 11.68
- Malik Rivera – 11.68
- JJ Green – 11.69 (would have tied for first among running backs at 2019 NFL Combine)
- Jalen Johnson – 10-2
- Anree Saint-Amour – 10-2 (would have ranked fifth among edge rushers at 2019 NFL Combine)
- Qua Searcy – 10-1
- Anree Saint-Amour – 35 (would have ranked ninth among edge rushers at 2019 NFL Combine)
- Qua Searcy – 35
- Brad Stewart – 35
- Jalen Johnson – 34
- Malik Rivera – 33
225-pound bench press
- Will Bryan – 31 (would have ranked fifth among offensive linemen at 2019 NFL Combine)
- Antonio Mallard – 30
- Anree Saint-Amour – 26
- Kyle Cerge-Henderson – 25
A couple of interesting notes in all this. The first is that pretty much all of these position moves make sense. As a senior linebacker, Alexander was unseated as a starter by true freshman Charlie Thomas. Moving forward, Alexander’s best bet will be a position move, similar to moves by KeShun Freeman and PJ Davis, both of whom also worked out at fullback.
For Jalen Johnson, the position he played this season was essentially a safety/linebacker hybrid, so with the addition of some size, linebacker would be a natural transition. As for Marshall, he’s trying to make the same move former Georgia Tech QB Justin Thomas made to wide receiver.
Looking at the numbers, I thought Johnson and Saint-Amour both had very good days. Johnson in particular did a good job of showing off his athleticism.
I was also impressed with both Will Bryan and Antonio Mallard on the bench press. Both would have ranked fifth in the bench press at the combine.
Out of all the players that participated, I think Saint-Amour has the best chance at getting drafted, but things are a little different now that the AAF is around. With the AAF, these players aren’t just performing for NFL teams; they also get the opportunity to try their hand at the AAF like a handful of other Georgia Tech alums. We probably won’t hear anything about that until after the UDFA signing period.
The NFL Draft is coming up in about a month-and-a-half, so bets of luck to all of these Yellow Jackets!