ATHENS, Ga. -- DeAngelo Tyson didn’t get a chance to shine at the NFL scouting combine, so he knew Monday’s on-campus pro day workouts were his last chance for such a large number of league personnel reps to see what he can do.
Tyson seemed to make the most of the opportunity, turning in one of the most impressive performances among the 12 former Bulldogs who participated in the event.
“I did what my goal was set to be,” Tyson said. “I just accomplished a lot. It’s my dream to play football and I think I’m making a big step toward doing that.”
The league invited Tyson to the combine and he traveled to Indianapolis nearly two weeks ago to compete. However, he said he was “medically excluded” for reasons he refused to disclose Monday, and he did not participate in the February workouts and position drills.
That made Tyson’s pro day performance even more valuable, and the 308-pound defensive lineman’s 4.8-second time in the 40-yard dash surprised some scouts in attendance. His 30 reps on bench press, agility and competitiveness also drew praise.
Tyson himself was not surprised by his performance in the drills, having worked alongside several former teammates at Athletes’ Performance Inc., in Gulf Breeze, Fla., leading up to the combine and pro day.
“It doesn’t surprise me at all because I’ve been working hard,” he said. “Down there at API, those guys trained me well and taught me how to run. Like I said, I set my goals that I wanted to do and I accomplished them today.”
After totaling 20 tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss as a senior -- he missed all of the Bulldogs’ last two games and most of the Georgia Tech game after sustaining a season-ending ankle injury early against the Yellow Jackets -- Tyson has largely flown under NFL radars thus far.
However, he believes his versatility is an extremely convincing sales pitch after beginning his career as a defensive tackle in a 4-3 defensive scheme and playing both defensive end and nose guard in Todd Grantham’s 3-4 over the last two seasons.
“I think I have a good advantage of playing in any defense in the NFL,” Tyson said. “It’s always good that you don’t limit yourself and I’m not limited at positions on defense.”
Perhaps that, combined with an impressive pro day, will be enough to land Tyson on some NFL team’s board in the draft between April 26-28.
“I can’t do anything but go forward. That’s what I did today,” he said. “I think I progressed in the right direction. We’ll see what happens in the last part of April.”