Former Riverdale High standout Lavelle Westbrooks goes through a drill during Georgia Southern’s Pro Day on Thursday afternoon. (Special Photo)
STATESBORO — Lavelle Westbrooks has been through this before as he pursuits his dream of playing in the NFL.
A handful of NFL personnel were on hand at Georgia Southern to watch Westbrooks, a former Riverdale High standout, go through agility drills and a workout.
After workout in front of NFL personnel during stops at the Senior Bowl in Mobile and the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Westbrooks was at home in Paulson Stadium.
He is a former four-year starter for the Eagles.
And this time he was surrounded by several former teammates. In all, 14 former GSU players worked out for scouts who represented 15 NFL teams, Eagles assistant sports information director Rose Carter said.
The main attraction for Thursday’s workouts were Westbrooks and quarterback Jerick McKinnon, a Marietta native.
Both are projected as late-round draft choices in May’s NFL draft. The draft will take place from May 8-10.
“I haven’t gotten any insight on what round or a projection or anything like that, but I’ve heard good things, especially from the combine,” said McKinnon, an option quarterback who showed his versatility by playing running back, defensive back and returning kickoffs and punts during his four years with the Eagles.
Westbrooks, a cornerback, had a key slip at the combine, but was impressive during the week of practice at the Senior Bowl. The all-star teams were coached by NFL coaches.
Westbrooks said he lifted 225 pounds 20 times on Thursday. He wasn’t sure of his 40 time.
“The main focus was to show I wanted to compete and improve on anything I wanted to get better at,” Westbrooks said.
He said he tries not to think about the NFL draft.
“It’s always a possibility but you really don’t try to listen to it,” Westbrooks said. “You try to get better at your craft and work on things. I talk to scouts about what I need to work on football player-wise. Hips, things like that.”
The comfortable, sunny day in Statesboro drew a small contingent of former and current Georgia Southern players and coaches.
Eubanks didn’t get drafted, but latched on to the Cleveland Browns as a free agent.
“You get the butterflies, but at the same time you have to tell yourself to get over it,” Eubanks said about the workout. “I tell (McKinnon and Westbrooks), just have fun with it. You know (the scouts) know you have the ability. That’s why you were invited (to the NFL combine).