AU Lineman Hoping For His Shot In the NFL

Auburn's Chad Slade talks about his Pro Day and goals for playing pro football.

Chad Slade (above) is shown during the bench press test at Auburn's Pro Day. He did 25 reps of 225 pounds.

Auburn, Ala.--As a three-year Auburn starter on the offensive line, Chad Slade showed his versatility. He started at both guard spots in games as well as tackle and was prepared to play center if needed.

At Auburn’s NFL Pro Day this week he got another chance to show his skills for scouts and said he came away pleased with how he performed.

“I feel like I did pretty good,” said Slade, who measured in at 6-5 1/4, 313 pounds. “I didn’t come out there all nervous and tensed up. If you are nervous you aren’t going to get the results you want.”

Something that helped Slade was that he had previously auditioned for pro scouts during practices at the NFLPA All-Star Game.

“When I was at the NFLPA I played left tackle, left guard and right guard to show them my versatility,” he pointed out. “I know in the NFL they want linemen who can play more than one position like I did out here playing guard and switching up and playing tackle.”

Slade pointed out that the all-star game was “a good experience” and allowed him to have one-on-one time with scouts. “They asked me a lot of personal questions, mostly they are trying to get to know what type of person you are,” he said.

“They also asked questions about how you feel about playing more than one position, why we should draft you and how will you fit into a team.”

Chad Slade is shown at an Auburn practice.

Slade, who has already earned his undergraduate degree from Auburn, is not taking classes this semester and is working out on the Auburn campus to prepare for his shot at pro football. “We will see how it goes from here,” he said. “Hopefully, I will get some (private) workouts here from teams.”

Slade said that whatever happens with football, he plans to finish his masters degree. “I have 30 hours left on that. I am going to get that done.”

Whether he is drafted or has to make an NFL training camp as a free agent, Slade said he knows whether or not he makes the cut as a rookie will be up to him. “It is a matter of how you perform in front of the coaches,” he said.

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