Ryan Steed, only the third player from Furman selected to play in the Senior Bowl, will be coming to IMG Academy to begin prep for the game which features the best players from all over college football.
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Steed joins Stanford Jennings and Billy Canty as the only Paladins to compete in the game. Steed is ranked No. 143 among all players by NFLDraftScout.com, a rating that includes both seniors and juniors, and the No. 20 cornerback.Only three members of FCS programs will compete in the Senior Bowl, including ,Appalachian State senior receiver Brian Quick.
Steed's performance against the 6-foot-4, 216-pound Quick -- he had four receptions for 60 yards without a touchdown -- during Furman's victory 20-10 over the Mountaineers this season may have helped earn his spot in the game.
âEvery game was really important,â Steed said. âIt was like an interview for me - scouts watching how I play, watching my body language, watching how I hustled. That game was really important because Quick is supposed to be a second- or third-round guy.
âI really wanted to leave a good impression. I wanted to play my best, and it was one of my best games all year.â
Following a few days home in Mt. Pleasant, Steed begins training in earnest in preparation for the bowl game and potentially the NFL Combine, the league's by-invitation-only four-day camp at which all 32 teams rigorously evaluate and interview draft-eligible players.
He will train at the IMG Academy in Florida, beginning Sunday, in an effort to get stronger and improve his speed. With the exception of a short trip home for Christmas, he will remain there until going to the Senior Bowl.