COLLEGE PARK — For Kimario McFadden, it has been a long journey to this point in his life and football career.
And the former Mundy’s Mill High and South Carolina State defensive back wouldn’t change anything about his journey.
With the NFL Draft scheduled for next month, McFadden has received interest from several professional teams. If he is not taken in the seven-round draft, McFadden is confident that he will get a free agent tryout.
“Everything has been going well with the workouts,” McFadden said.
McFadden spent January through April working out with Velocity Sports Performance to help him prepare for his workouts with NFL personnel. The 6-foot, 205-pounder participated in S.C. State Pro Day and also had a workout at the Atlanta Falcons Local Pro Day in Flowery Branch earlier this month.
“I thought I had a great showing in both,” McFadden said. “I think working with Velocity put me over the top. They showed me some stuff that I didn’t really know about. It was great working with those guys.”
After working out at the Falcons Local Pro Day, McFadden was invited to Kansas City for a workout.
“It was a two-day trip, and that was really exciting,” he said. “I flew in and got to talk with a lot their personnel.”
The last two seasons, McFadden started at safety for South Carolina State, which advanced to the first round of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. He earned second team all-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference honors after recording 75 tackles, including nine tackles for loss. He also had 2.5 sacks and an interception.
In his first season for the Bulldogs in 2012, McFadden had 54 tackles with two interceptions, a sack and eight pass breakups.
Prior to his stint at S.C. State, McFadden had stops at Atlanta Prep Academy and Georgia Military College. Following his playing days at Mundy’s Mill, McFadden signed with Alabama A&M of the Southwestern Athletic Conference. After redshirting as a freshman, he transferred to GMC before landing at Atlanta Prep Academy.
McFadden has no regrets about his journey into a possible shot at the NFL.
“Going through everything has helped me mature as a person and athlete,” McFadden said. “I stayed humble through everything, and kept believing in myself. South Carolina State is the best thing that happened to me.”
He graduated in December, and is now looking forward to the next phase of his life. McFadden said his first option is to pursue a professional career, but if that doesn’t pan out he will pursue his trainer certification.
“I’m focused on earning a spot on an NFL team right now,” McFadden said. “I’m pretty excited about the upcoming draft. I’m confident that I can land some where.”