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April 16, 2014

Former Blazers participate in Falcons’ workouts

VALDOSTA — A pair of former Valdosta State standouts had one more chance Tuesday to impress NFL scouts on their journey to continue their football careers at the next level.

In an event closed to media and the public, the Atlanta Falcons held a “local day” at their practice facility Tuesday. The event, similar to a college pro day, was open to current draft eligible players who graduated from high schools across the state of Georgia, including former Blazer wide receivers Regginald Lewis and Seantavius Jones, who graduated from Forest Park and Tucker respectively.

Lewis and Jones participated in receiver-specific drills such as route running and catching drills, something that they were not able to showcase at Valdosta State’s Pro Day earlier in March.

Lewis impressed with a 4.47 in the 40-yard dash and was consistent in the drills.

“It was fun; it was exciting and intense at the same time,” said Lewis. “I felt like I could do this, I feel like I proved I can play at the next level.”

Jones was able to showcase his 4.5 speed in the 40, and his broad jump of 10 feet, 8 inches. Most importantly, Jones was able to show that he could catch the ball, something that has been a concern on his scouting reports.

 “I just really wanted to be able to show teams that my hands are not shaky. I have great hands and I feel like I did that,” said Jones. “I had zero drops. I caught everything with my hands and I feel like I stood out.”

Both Lewis and Jones have been preparing for the opportunity to play in the NFL since leaving Valdosta State in December and have been training day in and day out to showcase their skills.

“It’s a real challenge. You go through so many different emotions during the process. It gets stressful at times; almost like a test of faith,” said Lewis describing the strenuous process of preparing for the draft.

Added Jones: “I was able to prepare for today by continuing to training hard and not letting up off the gas. I also always remember that I have to stay hungry.”

The Falcons brought in a total of six receivers. Other notable players that also participated in the workout include Georgia Tech safety Jemea Thomas (Fitzgerald), Tech linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu, Vanderbilt safety Kenny Ladler (Stephenson) and Tennessee running back Rajion Neal (Sandy Creek).

The NFL draft takes place May 8-10.

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