Bushell hoping to hear his name called

The NFL Draft is slated to begin on Thursday night and several former University of Louisville football players are hoping to hear their names called. Cardinal Authority will update you on each of their status prior to the draft. The first former U of L player we look at is cornerback Adrian Bushell.

Former University of Louisville cornerback Adrian Bushell has heard all the naysayers, calling his size into question heading into the NFL Draft.

The NFL Draft profiles always say the 5-foot-10, 190-pound Bushell, a two-year All-Big East performer, "lacks ideal size."

I always hear things pertaining to size," Bushell said in a recent interview. "But when look at me, you don't think I look that big but right now I am carrying 192 pounds. They still ask about size a lot.

"But that's OK, you still have to go back and turn on the tape."

Bushell is hoping when the NFL teams turn on the tape of his past games they'll see he's one of the better cornerback prospects in the draft. The FoxSports.com rankings list him as the No. 28 cornerback in the draft.

The Fox blurb on Bushell said he "does all the things you need in a corner."

Bushell is projected as high as the sixth round by several mock drafts and is hoping that he will go sooner. He's made several visits with NFL teams, including a new recent trip to visit with Oakland.

"I feel like everything has gone well for me," Bushell said.

Bushell was the only U of L player invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, where he measured 5-9, 190 pounds and had a 31-inch vertical leap.

He also worked out last month at U of L's Pro Day, which was attended by 20 NFL teams. He ran 4.53 and 4.57 in the 40-yard dash, posted a 36-inch vertical jump and 10-foot, 1-inch broad jump. Bushell had a solid workout at his position.

"I've worked hard and just tried to come out and show it," Bushell said. "I feel like everything has gone the way it was supposed to go (since the season)."

On the field, Bushell started his career at Florida but then transferred to U of L where he played two seasons. He helped the Cardinals go 11-2 and win the All-State Sugar Bowl during his senior season.

Bushell was fourth on the team in tackles last season with 62 tackles and led the team in pass deflections (14) and pass break ups (13). He had one interception and three fumble recoveries on the season.

"Game tape is what stands out, it's what separates you from the rest," Bushell said. "Everybody can come out and look good in shorts. What counts is when they turn on the game tape and I feel like that's where I stand out.

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