Auburn's Lester Taking Another Shot at NFL

Running back Brad Lester has a deal to play in the CFL, but would like to play closer to home.

Auburn, Ala.--Brad Lester has a job lined up with the British Columbia Lions with the Canadian Football League, but if he gets his way he will be playing closer to home in the National Football League.

Lester, who played running back for the Auburn Tigers from 2005-2008, didn't make an NFL roster last season as a rookie and ended up signing a free agent deal with the Lions who are based in Vancouver.

On Tuesday he participated in Auburn's NFL Pro Day where he showed good speed with multiple clockings of sub 4.5 40-yard dashes.

"It was good to come back and get an opportunity to test in front of the NFL scouts," Lester tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "Coach Yox and Coach Chizik are really helping me out trying to help me get in the league (NFL)."

"Yox" is Kevin Yoxall, Auburn's strength and conditioning coach. Gene Chizik is beginning his second year as head coach of the Auburn football team. "I appreciate what they are doing and hopefully I will have an opportunity to sign with a team," Lester says.

The running back was one of 13 former Tigers who worked out at the 2010 Auburn NFL?Pro Day. "I was kind of happy and the scouts seemed impressed, but some of the numbers I was kind of disappointed in, but overall I think I did pretty well," he says.

Lester measured 5-9, 195 pounds for the pro day and ran 40s of 4.46 and 4.47 seconds. He had a 38-inch vertical jump, did 10 feet, two 1/2 inches on the standing broad jump and was able to pump out 22 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.

An NFL scout checks Lester's height prior to measuring his vertical jump.

"As of now, I am under contract to my CFL team," Lester says, but I have until April to sign with an NFL team so my process has to be real quick so if I don't get signed by April 1st I am under contract to go back to Canada."

Vancouver, which was the host city of the 2010 Winter Olympics, is considered one of the world's most beautiful cities. "When I first went out there, I saw, ‘Wow,' I didn't expect it to be as nice as it was," Lester says. "It is a good organization out there, but hopefully I will get a chance here (in the United States)."

Lester, who is taking classes at Auburn, is finishing his degree in exercise science. If he doesn't get a shot with an NFL team he will be heading north of the border. "Our first game is June 1st so it is coming up fast," Lester says.

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