After a Friday morning that he said “couldn’t have gone much better,” former Eastern Washington football star Aaron Neary said he’s hopeful of playing professionally this fall.
Neary, a two-time All-American left guard, joined former Eagles offensive linemen Clay DeBord and Cassidy Curtis, and running back Quincy Forte in Eastern’s annual Pro Day at Roos Field.
Neary has been busy. Even while finishing his bachelor’s degree in education, he’s worked out in Spokane and met with coaches from several teams ahead of the NFL draft on April 28-30.
Rated about 30th among NFL guard prospects, Neary said teams “are telling me that I’m on their short list – whether that means a draft pick or free agency, I’m not sure – I just need an opportunity to try out.”
“I’m sure I can make it happen from there,” said Neary, a 6-foot-3, 300-pounder from Richland.
Neary did his best to make it happen on Friday, lifting 225 pounds for a total of 26 reps. He also topped 300 pounds on the scale, measuring just more than 6-3 and weighing 301.
“Bench is what has gone up the most, and I thought that would be one of my better tests for sure,” Neary said.
DeBord, an all-American last year at left tackle, posted marks of 30- 1/2 in the vertical jump, 8-10 in the standing broad jump and 4.99 seconds in the 40-yard dash.
He weighed in at 302 pounds and measured just more than 6-6.
“If I get drafted, I get drafted – if I don’t, I don’t,” added DeBord, who started a school-record 51 games at Eastern from 2012-15.
Curtis, a 308-pound right tackle, had 25 reps in the bench press.
Forte, a 5-10, 194-pound all-Big Sky selection whose Eastern career ended in 2014, improved all of his marks from Eastern’s Pro Day a year ago. He had a time of 7.01 in the cone drill after turning in a 7.13 time last year.
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