Lavelle Westbrooks gets opportunity in Senior Bowl game

Lavelle Westbrooks

Lavelle Westbrooks

Senior Bowl

When: Today at 4 p.m.

Where: Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.

Television: NFL Network

Although Lavelle Westbrooks played his college football at the NCAA second-highest level, the former Riverdale star is use to tough competition.

As a cornerback at Football Championship Subdivision Georgia Southern, Westbrooks played against the likes of Georgia, Alabama, Navy and Florida during his four-year career.

Because of that exposure, Westbrooks said he hasn’t been nervous this week during Senior Bowl preparations for the South squad.

“I was sort of used to the speed of the game since we played against some good competition at Georgia Southern,” Westbrooks said. “If you can get through the week, the game is sort of icing on the cake for you.”

From all indications, Westbrooks has had a good showing during the week-long practices, which were viewed by tons of NFL coaches and front office personnel.

Smith is one of two players from Georgia Southern to compete in the all-star game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile. Eagles teammate and running back Jerick McKinnon, who played at Sprayberry in Marietta, was also in Mobile for game preparations.

“(McKinnon and Westbrooks) have to make their own way (to impress NFL coaches), but I’m excited about their opportunities,” said former Georgia Southern coach Jeff Monken told the Savannah Morning News when they were named to the game.

The game will be televised live on the NFL network starting at 4 p.m. It is the second straight week that a former Riverdale High player has played in an all-star game. Last week, Hakeem Smith was on the East squad for the East-West Shrine Game, which was also televised by the NFL Network.

Both Westbrooks and Smith, who is a safety, are hoping to be drafted in the NFL or sign a free agent contract. Currently, there are two former Riverdale players playing in the NFL, including Cordy Glenn and Will Rackley, who are starting offensive linemen in the NFL.

Glenn, who starred at Georgia, was a second round draft pick (41st player overall) of the Buffalo Bills. He was a starter this past season.

Will Rackley is in his third second with the Jacksonville Jaguars after being a third-round pick out of Lehigh, a Football Championship Subdivision school in Pennsylvania. Like Smith, Rackley played in the Shrine Game, where he caught the attention of NFL scouts.

“This is a great honor to showcase my talent,” Westbrooks said. “This also gives my school to be seen as well. There is some top-notch competition out here. The week of practice was really important because it showed what you could do in front of the scouts.”