Three strongly pursuing Hairston

CLEMSON - Chris Hairston enjoyed a successful showing at last month's NFL combine in Indianapolis.

On Thursday, the former Clemson left tackle was back in Tigertown for pro day.

"I came out, felt like I did pretty well. It's a little cold, windy out here," Hairston said. "After I got warmed up, I felt like I moved pretty well and was able to show some of the scouts out here, something positive."

At the combine, Hairston was measured at 6-foot-6, 326 pounds and was seventh among all offensive linemen in the bench press, finishing with 33 reps of 225 pounds.

"I was able to go out there and do what I know I could. I felt comfortable," Hairston said of his combine showing. "As I got out there, I was able to get those nerves out of the way. I was able to perform and do things the way I know I could. I trained and worked hard to get to that point. I was able to sort of cash in on all that work."

Over the next several weeks before the April draft, Hairston will be back and forth between Clemson and his hometown of Winston-Salem, N.C. He'll visit Clemson for individual workouts and meetings with interested teams.

Hairston's already had plenty of informal teams with various personnel from across the league. The most serious discussions have been with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals, all three of which had Hairston meet with their head coach.

"One thing, every team, they're going to know about you. They're going to quiz you about football," he said. "They're going to get you on the board and talk to you about how we do things and try to give you the scheme and sort of get it right back to them—know it in and out, the opposite way, if they bring this blitz, things like that.

"That's something I picked up real well on being under coach [Brad] Scott so long learning the game."

His draft position is all over the place. Hairston's been told he'll be drafted as high as the second round and as low as the sixth.

"There are a lot of unknowns. The work I've put in, I know I've helped myself out…that's the important part, being able to play," Hairston said. "Regardless of whether you're drafted, if you're not good enough, they're going to cut you. That's what I'm trying to do, be the best player that I can, show these guys that I'm a good player."


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