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West Virginia alum Ryan Stanchek is continuing to work out in preparation for the NFL Draft this weekend. The outstanding lineman recently had another workout with an NFL team, and shares his recent activities in this exclusive update.

It was a homecoming for recently-graduated West Virginia offensive lineman Ryan Stanchek, who recently worked out for his hometown team as he prepares for this weekend's NFL Draft.

"I worked out with the Cincinnati Bengals [last week]," Stanchek told "It was all conditioning sorts of drills. They do x-rays, watch your feet and your body position, and see how you hold up through the whole process.

"It was exciting to be there in Paul Brown Stadium, and be working out where NFL teams play," the Cincinnati native added.

Stanchek said several NFL teams have expressed interest to his agent, but there haven't been any discussions about a possible draft position. As an all-conference selection who simply gets the job done on the field, Stanchek might not jump off the charts in terms of physical measurements. However, the team that picks him will get a dedicated, disciplined performer with an undeniable love of the game, and one that figures to be able to help a pro team. With experience at every line position, Stanchek should be able to forge a spot on an NFL roster.

In the meantime, he has been doing everything he can to ready himself for NFL camp. After working out with a personal trainer, he came back to the WVU campus and put in time with strength and conditioning director Mike Joseph for West Virginia's NFL Pro Day. Most recently he continued his workouts in Cincinnati in the days leading up to his Bengals audition and the draft.

"Mike Joseph did a great job with all of us that were getting ready for Pro Day," Stanchek siad with conviction. "I can't really explain how much he helped us to get ready. He did a fantastic job."

Stanchek will stay at home in Cincinnati until the draft, which he plans to watch.

"I know some people say they don't want to watch, but I always watch the draft anyway," he said of his weekend plans. "I might be a little nervous waiting to see what happens, but I want to see where all of my teammates go too. That will be exciting."

True to his roots, Stanchek has also resumed work in another familiar area -- the kitchen of his parents' restaurant -- Abby's Pub and Grill.

"Mom always puts me to work when I come back home," he said with a big laugh. "So I have stayed pretty busy since I came back home."

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