Former Riverdale High and Georgia Southern cornerback Lavelle Westbrooks goes through one of the defensive back drills on Wednesday at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)
RIVERDALE — Players are never really satisfied, and Lavelle Westbrooks is no exception.
Overall, the former Riverdale High and Georgia Southern defensive back was pleased with his performance at the NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium, but knows there are some areas that could have been improved.
Westbrooks is contemplating doing the 40-yard dash over again. However, he scored well in the rest of the areas at the Combine, which concluded on Wednesday in Indianapolis.
The cornerbacks and safeties were the last two groups at the NFL Scouting Combine. Westbrooks saw time as a starter at both cornerback and safety during his four years in Statesboro. He posted solid performances in the on-field cornerback drills and ranked just outside of the top 15 in four tests.
He said he did well in the interviewing process as he met with NFL personnel ranging from position coaches, head coaches, general managers and team owners.
“I think I did well, but my 40 could have been better,” Westbrooks said via cellphone from his parents’ home in Riverdale. “I think I did well in other parts of the Combine. My start in the 40 could have been better. The start is everything.”
He said he will meet with his agent over the weekend to discuss his next steps as they ready for the upcoming NFL Draft. Westbrooks is projected as a sixth to seventh round draft pick. He said he met with about 25 teams at the Combines, and walked a way with a good feeling about his draft status.
He is ranked 231 overall in pre-draft analysis by rated by NFLDraftScout.com.
“I was going against the best of the best at the Combine,” Westbrooks said. “I held my own in there.”
Westbrooks will participate in Georgia Southern’s Pro Day on March 21 in Statesboro. Prior to the Combine, Westbrooks trained at the EXOS facility in Phoenix, Ariz., with several other Combine participants.
The personal training company worked with 87 of the 335 players invited to the Combine, including former South Carolina defensive lineman Jadaveon Clowney, who is considered by some to be the top NFL draft pick this spring.
Coming from a small college, Westbrooks said he was looking for every advantage he could find going into the all-important Combine workouts. EXOS has a proven record when it comes to working with athletes.
The company has had six clients to become the top overall pick in the NFL draft, and a total of 459 EXOS athletes have been selected in the NFL draft.
“Working with those guys were great,” Westbrooks said. “I felt so much prepared in what to expect before going up there. They are some of the best in the business. I really enjoyed that experience, and my Combine experience. It was strictly business up there.”