Typically, athletes who participate in college football Pro Days are football players. But during LSU’s Pro Day, one athlete who didn’t play college ball showed his stuff, and he is already signed to an NFL team.
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LSU track star Cyril Grayson last played football in 2011 for Rummel High School in Kenner, Louisiana. The reason he stuck with track is because he is very good at it. The 4-time NCAA Champion is a 7-time All-American, SEC Champion and 5-time All-SEC selection. His events included the 200 meters (21.33), 400 meters (45.91) and the 800 meters (1:49.35). Though none were shorter than the 200-meter race, Grayson still flew in the 40-Yard Dash, running a time of 4.33 seconds.
The 40-Yard Dash wasn’t the only test in which Grayson excelled. The 23-year-old also had the fastest 60-Yard Shuttle time (11.69 seconds); he benched 225 pounds 14 times; and he had a Vertical Jump of 34.5 inches and a Broad Jump of 10-7.
The track star did so well, he was signed to a 3-year rookie contract by the Seattle Seahawks. At 5-foot-9 and and 180 pounds, Grayson will play wide receiver, which was his position in high school. In his senior season, he had 28 receptions, 731 receiving yards, 26 yards per catch and 10 total touchdowns. He had the speed to take the top off the defense and could easily make defenders miss.
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Grayson wanted to play football at LSU, but he was unable to due to scholarship technicalities.
“I know a lot of question marks were raised when I came in because I haven’t played football since 2011,” Grayson told the media after his Pro Day workout. “So why should I even be here? It’s always been a passion of mine, and it’s always been the plan to play [football], but because of scholarships and other reasons with compliance, I wasn’t able to play. I’ve been training on my own and doing things I need to do to stay in shape and stay ready for an opportunity like this. Today was a great day. When I lined up, I put up really good numbers. I can’t complain.”
This isn’t the first time Seattle has signed an athlete from a different sport and made him a great football player. Last year, the Hawks signed Western Kentucky University basketball standout George Fant, who had not played football since 8th grade.
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The move worked out well, because Fant is now a starting lineman for the Seahawks. Hopefully the low-risk, high-reward move will work again for the team.