Perry, several other former Cajuns hope for NFL chance
Safety Tracy Walker, a likely selection in this week’s NFL Draft, isn’t the only former Ragin’ Cajun who could get a shot at the next level.
Ex-UL cornerback Simeon Thomas, projected by some draft analysts as an NFL prospect at safety and on special teams, paid one pre-draft visit to the Cleveland Browns earlier this month and another, according to the Houston Chronicle, to the Seattle Seahawks.
Former Cajuns track standout Jeryl Brazil, who played nine games for UL in 2015 and one for LSU in 2013, hopes his legal trouble this month doesn’t get in the way of an NFL opportunity.
Walker, who took part in the recent NFL Combine, is pegged as a possible mid-rounds pick.
But those three aren't only ones who left UL’s April 5 Pro Day with hopes of continuing their careers on the pro stage.
Several other ex-Cajuns who harbor similar aspirations, including defensive lineman Kevon Perry.
PERRY VISITED BILLS
Perry — who played his high school ball at Burgard Vo-Tech in Buffalo, New York — recently had a visit scheduled with his hometown Buffalo Bills on their local prospects day, Syracuse.com reported.
Back in January, Perry — projected by one analyst as a sixth-round selection in a recent Pro Football Focus mock draft — made a favorable impression when he took part in the College Gridiron Showcase in Texas.
“I felt it helped a lot,” he said of the exposure gained then. “I talked to a lot of scouts there; they all said good things about me.”
Perry, who had a team-high 10.5 tackles for loss and also has especially good film from his standout play in UL’s loss at Texas A&M last season, simply wants an NFL team to give him a good look.
He’ll probably get one, too.
“What I really hope for is just a chance,” said Perry, who had a Cajun career-high nine total tackles including four solo stops at Texas A&M.
“I feel like I could get picked up in the late rounds (of the draft), but if I do go free agent I’m just thankful for the opportunity.”
FORD GETS A LIFT
Raynard Ford’s NFL hopes may have gotten a big boost when he bench-pressed 30 reps of 225 pounds during UL’s Pro Day.
The feedback afterward, he said, was “pretty positive.”
But for someone who played quarterback early in his junior college career, the big question is whether pro teams project him as a possible offensive lineman or as a tight end.
He played both positions for the Cajuns, finishing and playing the most at tight end.
So for now — after checking in at 6-foot-4 and 295 pounds on Pro Day, including some muscle added since his senior season concluded — he’s trying to lose a little weight in anticipation of getting a look at tight end.
“I feel like as a big guy, I’m athletic and moving around pretty nice,” Ford said.
But, Ford added, “I really don’t care what I go in as. I’ll play anything to the best of my ability.”
POSEY HAS A PLAN
Inside linebacker T.J. Posey, UL’s No. 2 tackler with 72 last season, probably won’t get drafted.
But Posey does wish he’s either signed as an undrafted free agent or, at a minimum, gets a rookie camp invite.
“Any call, is what I’m hoping,” he said.
“Whatever God’s plan is, it is what it is. But I’m hoping to play in the NFL.”
And if not?
“I’ll just worry about that when it comes,” Posey said.
But there is something of a Plan B.
If Posey can’t make it to the NFL, the UL general studies graduate said he may pursue a master’s degree in exercise science.