Gazette: Later NFL draft may have improved UMass' Rob Blanchflower's chances to get picked - UMass Athletics

Gazette: Later NFL draft may have improved UMass' Rob Blanchflower's chances to get picked

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story on Rob Blanchflower and how the move of the NFL Draft from April to May has been beneficial for him. Blanchflower has been recovering from postseason surgery and was finally able to work out for scouts on April 23 after missing the NFL Combine, Pro Day and several other events.

"It went really well," said Blanchflower, who drew representatives from 15 NFL teams last week for his solo pro day on April 23. "I could do all the tight end specific drills, running around, catching, blocking and things like that. I think I did a good job showing I could play the position."  

Had the draft been in April, he might not have been healthy in time to get the chance.  

"The fact that I could move my pro day back so far was definitely a blessing for me," Blanchflower said. "They could see I'm recovering. I was moving fluidly, moving around like an athlete, not some old stiff coming off of surgery. I'm going to be able to do all the things I'm capable of doing. That was the most important thing, showing that I'm healthy."

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