By: Barry Barnes, Founder/Senior Writer
After surfing through the sea of nearly 4,000 players who participated in the NFL Regional Combine this year, 243 players were selected to attend the NFL Super Regional Combine in Detroit in early April, where all hands were on deck in terms of team scouts and personnel. Being placed in front of the NFL teams was a sure way to get notice, but not the only way.
Cornerback E.J. Frain understood that and his hunger to play football professionally was not hampered because he was overlooked – again. Although his opportunity of getting to the NFL is not dead, the 6-2, 210-pound defensive back from Simon Fraser is taking advantage of all his options, and right now, the CFL is calling.
“I’m just trying to go every where to get my name out there,” said Frain via email.
Frain attended the NFL Regional Combine in Baltimore where he took to the indoor practice field of the Baltimore Ravens with a game day attitude. instead of a workout. Effortlessly, Frain executed all his drills with breaking a sweat. He showed great balance, footwork, while being aggressive.
Yet, Frain was not invited to the Super Regional Combine. For the New Jersey native, it was the same old story of being overlooked by Division I programs and NFL scouts following hihs collegiate career.
After a solid Pro Day of registering a 4.5 40-yard dash time and a 40-inch vertical jump, the Calgary Stampeders had Frain to come for a try-out in Atlanta, where he recorded a 4.4 for the 40 and a 3.88 for the short shuttle. The Stampeders won the West Division last season, but fell short to the eventual Grey Cup champions, the Saskatchewan Roughriders, in the Division Finals, 35-13
Frain is scheduled for a workout with the B.C. Lions in Maryland in May
NFL normally get hot and heavy with signing undrafted talent after the league’s yearly draft, which will be in mid-May, and Frain may be quietly on a team’s radar.
Let’s hope so.
However, one’s talent will make room for them, and for Frain, his abilities won’t be ignored for long.
For two other players, the Indianapolis Colts did not wait until after the NFL Draft, which is held May 8-10, to sign athletes who attended the SRC as fullbacks Cameron White (Hillsdale College, MI) and Stephen Campbell (West Virginia Wesleyan College) inked with the in mid-April.
White attended the Regional Combine in Chicago, while Campbell participated in the workouts in New Jersey.
Last season, the Colts welcomed linebacker Josh McNary to the club after his solid workout at the Super Regional Combine in Dallas. McNary played a major role for the Colts towards the end of their 2013 campaign.
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