Former Cardinals looking forward to NFL Draft after Pro Day
After running him through every football drill under the Beaumont sun, NFL scouts called former Lamar running back Kade Harrington back for one more.
The team’s 5-foot-9 190-pound all-time leading rusher set his heels on Provost Umphrey’s 20-yard line and caught punt after punt, tucking the football into his chest and dashing up the left sideline to showcase that his season-ending left foot injury had healed.
The nearly dozen scouts smiled and pulled Harrington’s hand into hugs as Lamar’s pro day drills concluded Thursday morning at Provost Umphrey Stadium, where the Southland Conference’s 2015 Player of the Year reemerged as an NFL prospect.
“He definitely made money today,” said Lamar cornerback Brendan Langley, who observed most of the drills because of his participation in the NFL Combine earlier this month.
Harrington hadn’t been invited to the combine, but he still garnered off-season interest from the New York Giants, whom he confirmed Wednesday invited him to an official visit in April.
Harrington’s pro day performance ranked high in comparison with results from running backs who participated at the combine. His 35-inch vertical jump would have ranked 10th, 22 bench presses of 225 pounds would have ranked fourth and his 4.56-second 40-yard dash would have ranked 14th.
The dash was slower from his normal 4.4 time, which would have set him within the Top 7 in running backs.
“I’ve run a 4.4 all my life,” said Harrington, who rushed for 677 yards and four touchdowns before missing the 2016 season’s final five games because of partially-torn ligaments in his left foot. “Coming off the injury, I think it kind of set me back time-wise. But I will definitely get back to what I normally run by (NFL) mini camp.”
Other former Cardinals who participated Thursday were Bret Treadway (OL), Juan Carranco (K/P), Xavier Bethany (DB), DeAndre Jennings (TE), William Wowkanyn (DL) and Omar Tebo (DL) and Kevin Johnson (WR/RS).
2016 graduate Reggie Begelton was scheduled to participate. Instead, Lamar’s all-time leading wide receiver watched his former teammates from the sideline, the owner of a brand new contract with the Canadian Football League.
“They did what they needed to do,” Begelton said. “I think they will all get their opportunity, and once they get to camp it’s all going to be up to them. There’s no doubt in my mind that they’re all going to get to camp.”