Kade Harrington returns after a foot injury, to participate in the 2017 Pro-Day, at Provost-Umphrey Stadium, March 23. Up photo by Cassandra Jenkins

Kade Harrington returns after a foot injury, to participate in the 2017 Pro-Day, at Provost-Umphrey Stadium, March 23. Up photo by Cassandra Jenkins

Lamar players look to impress NFL scouts

Most players from the first day of Pop Warner dream of playing in the National Football League. They dream of standing on a stage and receiving a jersey that says you made it, you beat the impossible odds and get to live a life of luxury doing what you love.

April 27, NFL Draft day, is getting closer, and a handful of Lamar players are waiting to see their dreams come true. But first, they had to get through a combine and pro-day.

The NFL Scouting Combine, held in Indianapolis, Ind., Feb. 28 through March 6, is a week-long showcase where college players show off their strength, speed and mental toughness.

March 23, Lamar held a pro-day at Provost Umphrey Stadium, where Brendan Langley, Kade Harrington and DeAndre Jennings returned to their home field to show off their skills for NFL scouts. The trio, alongside a handful of their offensive and defensive linemen, ran drills to test their agility and hand-eye coordination with a last chance to show off their strengths.

Harrington, Lamar’s all-time leading rusher, said he felt good about his pro-day experience, but felt he had a lot to make up for after missing the combine, due to a torn ligament in his left foot — an injury still healing from the 2016 season.

“I wish I could have ran faster in the 40-yard-dash, but other than that I thought I caught the ball good and caught the punch good — I just hope it works out,” he said.

Harrington said he is open minded about his draft day prospects.

“Any team that wants to give me an opportunity, that’s all I can say,” he said. “That’s all I can ask for. I’m just looking forward to getting an opportunity to play at the next level.”

Harrington said he will continue to train and work hard to get an opportunity to play in the big league.

Langley, who was selected First-Team All-Southland Conference Defensive Back last year, echoed his former teammate’s thoughts.

“I think (pro-day) went well,” he said. “I don’t really have any hopes, I’m just kind of taking it as it comes.”

Langley said the whole experience has been positive.

“I’m taking all the blessings that come my way and handling the cards I’m dealt,” he said.

Langley said he feels confident about the upcoming draft, after having a successful combine.

Langley received a grade of 5.37 at the combine. He ran the 40-yard-dash in 4.43 seconds, did 22 reps in the bench press, had a vertical jump of 35.5 inches, a broad jump of 123.0 inches, ran the three-cone drill in 7.06 seconds, the 20-yard-shuttle in 4.21 seconds and the 60-yard-shuttle in 11.19 seconds.

“There’s really no telling,” he said. “God’s got it in his plans, but I have a really good feeling about it.”

Having done all that they can, it’s just a case of wait and see for the Lamar threesome. Fingers crossed, they will be representing Big Red on the big stage next season.

The NFL Draft day will be broadcasted on ESPN, ESPN2 and the NFL Network, April 27–29.

Cassandra Jenkins 

UP staff writer

Learn more about Lamar University at lamar.edu

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