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2012 NFL Draft Sleeper: Huntingdon WR Cody Pearcy Has Historic Pro Day Workout

Huntingdon College's Cody Pearcy is pound-for-pound the most athletic WR in the 2012 NFL Draft (courtesy of Huntingdon College)
Huntingdon College's Cody Pearcy is pound-for-pound the most athletic WR in the 2012 NFL Draft (courtesy of Huntingdon College)
Sigmund BloomNFL Draft Lead WriterMarch 26, 2012

Cody Pearcy is putting Huntingdon College on the football map (it's in Alabama) with pro day workout numbers that we've never seen before. CBS Sports Rob Rang has the scoop:

...one scout, upon hearing of the numbers, characterized as an "unbelievable" effort. 

Pearcy is certainly smaller than scouts would prefer at 5-feet-10, 161 pounds, but his numbers otherwise were off the charts. Pearcy was clocked as fast as 4.31 seconds in the 40-yard dash, posted a 44-inch vertical jump—each of which would have led all combine participants this year.

Pearcy also recorded a 6.67 time in the three-cone drill and 3.76 seconds in short shuttle -- the fastest time in recent NFL history, according to NFL.com's Combine Tracker. The fastest time recorded in this event at the combine since 2006 came when former University of Tennessee defensive back Jason Allen was clocked at 3.81 seconds.

Obviously, 161-pound wide receivers don't last long in the NFL, but Pearcy should be able to add some good weight to his 5'10" frame once he gets in an NFL weight training program.

With a 44" vertical, Pearcy will play a lot bigger than that height, especially in the red zone, and his obvious straight line speed will stretch defenses. The 6.67 three-cone time and 3.76 short shuttle add lethal phone-booth quickness that will make it easy for him to create separation in routes.

The prominence of the slot receiver in current NFL pass offenses will give Pearcy a chance to get a clean release, which is important because disrupting the little receiver's routes within the five-yard zone is about the only chance defensive backs will have to minimize the impact of a wide receiver with his natural gifts.

Rang reports that NFL scouts from Miami and the Giants among other teams were there, so don't be surprised if Huntingdon name gets called on the third day of the draft next month.

If you're wondering what those gifts look like, here's video from Pearcy's pro day:

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