March 5, 2009

McGee takes aim in front of scouts at Pro Day

Texas A&M quarterback Stephen McGee was once an afterthought to NFL scouts, coaches and general managers after a collegiate career that saw him run more than throw in the option and then injure his throwing shoulder as a senior under new A&M head coach Mike Sherman. But it was Sherman who believed that McGee could play in the National Football League after seeing him practice running Sherman's pro-style offense before suffering his injury in the second week of the season.

Now, NFL types are starting to believe too after seeing McGee perform for a week in practice leading up to the East-West Shrine Game as well as the NFL combine and the A&M Pro Day Wednesday at the McFerrin Athletic Center. Rumors have surfaced of McGee climbing all the way to the first day of the draft to somewhere in the middling rounds of the second day to not being drafted at all.

It hasn't been much clearer for McGee.

"I've talked to the guys and they all want to be non-chalant about it because I could possibly be a guy who goes under the radar and they don't want to show their interest because they don't want the other teams to see their interest," McGee said. "It's kind of interesting to see those guys slip by and say, 'Hey man, just want you to know we're all over you right now and we're really looking at you.' I had some guys come do that today. And there are some teams that are all forward about it like, 'Hey, you're one of four guys we're looking at.'

"I've done as good as I possibly can and everything else is out of my control so I'm not going to worry about it," McGee said. "If I get drafted in the seventh round so be it. If I get drafted in the first round so be it. I'm going to be fine and I'm going to play for a long time and take care of what I can take care of."

McGee didn't go through the ringer of testing in College Station after doing so in Indianapolis at the NFL Combine just a week ago, but he did go through passing drills for the scouts from all 30 NFL teams in attendance.

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