Maurice Canady first grabbed many peoples attention with his performace during Senior Bowl week in Mobile, Alabama. His physical gifts, though not elite do make him an interesting draft prospect for the mid-rounds of the upcoming April draft.
At 6'2" 195 pounds, Canady ran 4.56 in the 40 yard dash while posting a 38" vertical and 10'03" broad jump with 13 reps of 225 pounds on the bench presse, but it was what he wrote on those shoes he wore during his sprint down the Lucas Oil Stadium sidelines that drew the most attention on Monday.
A native of Richmond, Virginia and a University of Virginia product, Canady who has a cousin who serves as a police officer in Prince George County. It was that family relationship that lead Canady to pay tribute to a recently slain police officer before his run.
Officer Ashley Guindon, 28, was shot dead while investigating a domestic violence incident on Saturday and two fellow officers were seriously injured when a gunman opened fire on the officers. It was Guindon's very first day on partol.
Canady paid tribute the to fallen officer by inscribing “Officer Guindon 2/27/16 Never Forget” on the orange shoes he wore on Monday.
It was a moving gesture by the NFL hopeful, and one that drew media attention from around the league and is an insight into something about Canady that should impress coaches and general managers even more that the impressive size and numbers he posted in the turf.
Canady has been our TitanRedZone draft radar since before his Senipor Bowl appearance, and with everything we now know about him, he is even more attractive and would be a great addition to the Tennessee Titans should the team choose to add him to the roster in April.
One things for certain, he checks all the boxes on the character questions.