Winnipeg – U of M Bisons Offensive Lineman Geoff Gray was sweat drenched, but satisfied following his Pro Day workout on Thursday at the Indoor Soccer Complex in front of player personnel representatives from 7 or 8 NFL teams. Those on hand included the Minnesota Vikings, Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders, Green Bay Packers, NY Jets, San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins, and Seattle Seahawks.
But after a busy schedule of bench presses, vertical and broad jumps, 40 yard dashes, three cone drills, and specific blocking drills- Gray still had enough energy to hop on a unicycle at the end of the workout. Just to make some kind of impression.
“I thought it would be just another thing to distinguish me from anyone else,” said the 22 year old product of the Greendell Community Club in St. Vital and University of Winnipeg Collegiate. And Gray certainly distinguished himself on the field during the 2016 Canada West season with the Bisons, and then at the East-West Shrine Bowl this past January at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. “That guy rode a unicycle. Just a little more recognition for your name- coming from a small school. It can’t hurt.”
Gray might have a little more recognition than he is giving himself credit for. The 6-6, 310 pound Guard was a National Finalist for the JP Metras Trophy as the Lineman of the Year in U-Sports and was also a first team all star.
Those kind of credentials have him rated as a top 5 prospect for the May 7th CFL draft. The hometown Winnipeg Blue Bombers- represented by GM Kyle Walters, Head Coach Mike O’Shea (not pictured) and Offensive Coordinator Paul LaPolice were on hand for Gray’s pro day as well as the Saskatchewan Roughriders. And those two teams will pick 1-2.
“I definitely want to be playing football somewhere and I’m lucky enough to have 2 leagues where I can play, so it just improves my odds,” was Gray’s response when asked if the CFL – and perhaps suiting up for the Blue Bombers in his hometown – would be a suitable consolation prize in case things don’t work out with an NFL team. “There would definitely be some advantages playing with the Bombers. I know a couple of guys on there and I hear good things. I’ll be happy where ever football takes me.”
The three day NFL draft begins on Thursday, April 27th in Philadelphia. A year ago, Gray’s former Bison team mate David Onyemata was selected in the fourth round by the New Orleans Saints and eventually wound up signing a 4 year deal worth just under 2.9 million dollars.