FAIRHOPE, Ala. — Kenyan Drake realizes that he has to show NFL scouts something during the pre-draft process that begins this week at the Senior Bowl and goes through the NFL combine, Alabama’s Pro Day and culminates in the NFL draft at the end of April.
The former Crimson Tide running back showed feats of athleticism and speed on the field during his four years in Tuscaloosa, Ala., but a tough-to-crack depth chart and injuries kept Drake from giving any future NFL employer a ton of film to look at.
That’s why when Drake took a cross-field check-down pass at the line of scrimmage and rampaged 50 yards down the left sideline, he had to be smiling. That is until a fan sitting in an assisted-living chair fell in front of him.
A crowd assembled around the fallen gray-haired fan and police and rescue personnel were close by and approaching. But Drake got there first … and stopped to help. He also skipped the next offensive play to make sure the fan got his footing and shared a moment with him.
“I just thought he looked like someone who needed help,” said Drake, who beat made every effort to comfort the elderly fan who fell well before Drake got to him. “I just wanted to take my time and be a servant and help him up.”
After shaking off that moment, Drake knew he’d just put something special on film … both the time with the fan and the 50-yard catch-and-run.
“I feel like anybody in that situation, with nobody around them, could take a little dump pass for 50 yards,” Drake said, but agreed that the play showed his explosive nature with the football in his hands. “I just appreciate the opportunity to do that in front of a lot of scouts and a lot of players.”
Drake will need to spend the rest of his week at the Senior Bowl doing much of the same.
He’s also going to need to fix one particular aspect of his play. Drake suffered mightily in pass-protection drills on Tuesday. Former Georgia linebacker jake Ganus blew by him once, and former teammate Reggie Ragland made him look bad one time as well.
“Personally, I didn’t think I did a good performance in pass-blocking today,” said Drake. “But as long as I continue to progress throughout the week, I can show that I can improve and carry that into the combine and my Pro Day and draft.”
— Chase Goodbread (@ChaseGoodbread) January 26, 2016
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