Wide Receiver Cody Pearcy from little-known Huntingdon College is a skinny dude. At 5'10", he only weighs 161 pounds, but that won't stop him from earning a roster spot on an NFL team in 2012.
How in the world could such a small man survive in this brutal sport, you ask?
He's fast. And when I say fast, I mean he's faster than fast.
He participated in Alabama State's pro day and wowed scouts with a display of pure athleticism and speed that would've smoked just about everyone at the scouting combine. But he wasn't invited.
Here are his numbers, per CBSSports.com:
4.31 seconds in 40 yards, 44 inches in the vertical jump and 10 feet, six inches in the broad jump. He also had a 20-yard split time of 2.43 seconds, a 20-yard shuttle of 3.76 seconds and did the three-cone agility drill in 6.67 seconds.
With numbers like that, all of a sudden, it's easy to overlook his small frame.
Not only is Pearcy fast, but he's extremely quick and can change direction with ease—attributes that can be more valuable in the NFL than pure speed.
There will always be the concerns about how well his body might hold up against the vicious hits we see week in and week out on highlight reels, but his potential to become a game-breaking wide receiver will force teams to take a hard look at this small-school prospect.
I expect Pearcy to be selected in the sixth or seventh round of the draft this year.
The lucky team that picks him will not only be getting a potential home run threat in the passing game, but Pearcy is as hard a worker as you're going to find in this year's draft class.
Per CBS Sports, in order to pay for a personal trainer, Pearcy carried a full load at college, worked weekends as a roofer and saved his money until he could hire Alex Aucoin of Warehouse Performance in Montgomery to help him be all he could be for his audition this spring.
I don't know how many of you are familiar with how difficult and grueling working as a roofer can be, but I can tell you with certainty that nobody does the job out of love. It is one of the hardest jobs in construction, and Pearcy deserves credit for his work ethic.
As a 49ers fan, I hope my team takes a chance with Pearcy. He has the physical abilities to become a star in the NFL, the mental toughness and the work ethic to make the transition, and he will prove it this fall.
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