Emmanuel Dieke, a former standout at North Clayton High and Georgia Tech, has a free agent deal with the New York Giants. (Special Photo)
ATLANTA — After missing an all-star game because of a hamstring injury, and not receiving an invite to the NFL Scouting Combine, former Georgia Tech defensive end Emmanuel Dieke felt he had to do some make-up work at last week’s Pro Day.
And judging from all indications, Dieke had an impressive showing in front of NFL personnel at the Brock Indoor Practice Facility on the Georgia Tech campus.
He was clocked unofficially at 4.7 seconds in the 40-yard dash and had a broad jump of 9 1/2 feet with a vertical leap of 31 inches.
“I thought I did pretty well overall,” Dieke said. “I think I did what I had to do in front of the scouts as far as the position drills.”
The former North Clayton High all-state player will have additional workouts with position coaches from the New York Giants (April 11) and Atlanta Falcons (April 15).
“That is very encouraging to have them come back,” Dieke said. “All it takes is for one team to fall in love with you. I just want one of the NFL teams to give me a chance.”
According to nfldraftscout.com, Dieke is rated as the 48th defensive end prospect in next month’s draft.
Scouts watched Dieke and 13 other former Yellow Jackets do some of the same drills used at the combine each year. He said the hamstring that kept him out of the all-star game earlier this year, has healed.
“It was very disappointing not getting a chance to prove what you can do against some other competition,” Dieke said. “I just look at it as a setback is a chance for a comeback. Everything is good right now, and I’m close to 100 percent.”
According to the Associated Press, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said the workouts are also meaningful for all the players with hopes of playing in the NFL.
Some of the other players who worked out were: Right tackle Ray Beno, defensive tackle Euclid Cummings, center Jay Finch, offensive lineman Will Jackson, punter Sean Poole, kicker David Scully and guard Omoregie Uzzi.
“I’m sure there’s some pressure, but that’s part of it,” Johnson said. “It’s chasing a dream. For some of those guys it’s going to work out. For some of them it won’t.”
One of the main attractions at the workout was defensive end Jeremiah Attaochu, the Yellow Jackets career sacks leader, has progressed quickly since tearing his hamstring Jan. 25 at the Senior Bowl.
“I think I did great,” he said. “I surprised myself a little bit. I pushed through and I worked hard. That’s all they want to see — run fast and think fast.”