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PRO DAY: Combine snub spurs Durham

ATHENS, Ga. – Back at the Butts-Mehre Building at his alma mater, former Bulldogs receiver Kris Durham stood in a hallway and tried to catch his breath.

Coach Mark Richt talks to Kris Durham during Tuesday's Pro Day drills at the UGA football facility.

“I’m going to take the rest of the day off,” Durham said with a smile.

The majority of the participants in Tuesday’s Pro Day at UGA could basically take it easy and rest on numbers already posted at the NFL Scouting Combine. Receiver A.J. Green and offensive lineman Clint Boling, for instance, only did position drills at the end of the morning.

Durham, on the other hand, had no choice but to do everything.

Without an invitation to the Combine, Durham’s only chance to impress the 30 NFL teams in attendance was on this Pro Day.

And he made the most of it.

“I showed them that I should have been (invited) today,” Durham said.

On a day where many top draft prospects stood and watched, Durham was arguably the most impressive performer.

He turned in a solid numbers in the broad jump (10-1), vertical jump (35) and bench press (17), capping it off with a 40-yard dash effort that one NFL scout clocked as low as 4.36 seconds.

While A.J. Green watches, Kris Durham jumps for a pass Tuesday.

Though far from verified, that time would have been the best of any wide receiver in the NFL Combine.

“It went real well,” Durham said. “I think I helped myself out. I did the best I could do, and that’s all I could ask for. It was definitely a blessed day.”

Durham was second on Georgia’s team in receptions (32) and receiving yards (659) last season, averaging 20.6 yards per catch.

After the season, Durham left graduate school at UGA and began working out full-time at D1 Sports Training in Nashville, Tenn. Though he holds aspirations of one day being a middle school coach/teacher, Durham first wants an honest shot at the NFL.

There is hope in that Durham says he was hearing from teams before Tuesday’s event in Athens.

Plus, that snub from the Combine, in a way, has helped.

“It gave me motivation,” Durham said. “It wasn’t necessarily what you’d call a slap in the face. I feel like I’d earned the right, but unfortunately, it didn’t happen. But I came out here and showed what I can do. Hopefully, that was enough.”

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