COLLEGE STATION (March 8, 2012) -- Defensive back Coryell Judie
finished with just 22 tackles last season after missing almost half
of Texas A&M's games with a hamstring injury. That didn't stop him
from hoping to impress some NFL scouts.
Judie, who was expected to be one of A&M's top defensive players
in 2011, worked out for scouts on Wednesday at the school's pro
day, hoping his speed and athleticism would help them look past his
injury-plagued college career.
He says the adversity he faced at Texas A&M made him stronger
and he's encouraged that several teams have shown interest.
Still some are leery of his injury history, which includes a
broken wrist and three shoulder surgeries.
"Most teams are iffy and wonder if I'm injury-prone, but I just
tell them that I've been doing good rehab and getting my shoulder
and hamstring well so I feel fine," he said.
He was happy with his 40-yard dash times at last month's
combine, where he ran a low time of 4.38, so he didn't run again on
Wednesday. But he participated in many of the other drills and his
10-foot, 3-inch broad jump was the second best of the day.
Some have projected Judie, who also returns kicks and punts, to
be a third or fourth-round draft pick. He now feels the healthiest
he's been in quite some time and is looking forward to the draft.
"When the challenges came my way, I overcame them and I feel
good about the position I'm in now," he said.
Judie was one of 13 Aggies who worked out. Projected first-round
pick quarterback Ryan Tannehill is recovering from foot surgery and
won't work out for scouts until later this month.
Wide receiver Jeff Fuller, another Aggie who dealt with injuries
this season, also showed his stuff Wednesday. He planned to work
out at the combine, but a stress fracture in his foot kept him out
of the event.
He is healthy now and looked good performing all of the drills
for scouts from almost all of the NFL's 32 teams.
He had a great season in 2010 and lead the team with 72
receptions for 1,066 yards and 12 touchdowns. Things dropped off a
bit in 2011 as he dealt with a couple of nagging injuries, but he
still managed 70 catches for 828 yards and six scores.
"I still see myself as one of the best receivers in the
nation," he said. "It was a rough year and I battled a lot of
rough injuries, but I still have confidence in my ability and feel
like I'm back where I was my junior year having some time off and
At almost 6-foot-4 and 223-pounds, Fuller believes that his size
will help set him apart from other receivers in the draft.
"Big guys like me get separation and I feel like I do a good
job of doing that out of my breaks," he said. "If you're big and
you have strong hands, you can have a (defensive back) on your back
and still catch the ball. So I think that's attractive to teams."
Running back Cyrus Gray, who like Judie and Fuller, had trouble
with injuries this season, also showcased his skills. He had 198
carries for 1,028 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2011 despite missing
the last two games with a stress fracture in his shoulder.
Also projected to be a third- or fourth-round pick, Gray didn't
run the 40 on Wednesday after running a 4.4 at the combine. He took
part in several other drills and had some individual conversations
with scouts from different teams.
He believes his experience in sharing carries with running back
Christine Michael for the last two seasons will help him adjust to
the NFL, where using a combination of backs is common.
"That was some of the questions they asked me about Christine
and about our situations and I know it's a team sport and you need
the other guy just like the other guy needs you," Gray said.
"I've experienced that and I know what I have to do to be
productive in a system like that."
Kicker Randy Bullock, who won the Lou Groza Award as the
nation's top kicker, also worked out for the scouts. He chatted
with Houston Texans' special teams coordinator Joe Marciano for a
bit before he kicked for the group.