Three recent SDSU standouts got an up-close look at the end of the NFL lockout Monday and Tuesday.
DB Cole Brodie, TE Colin Cochart and LB Derek Domino fielded calls and then decided - in record speed due to time constraints - to sign with the Jaguars, Bengals and Broncos, respectively.
A few more notes from their experiences in this unprecedented offseason:
Domino worked a regular job for about 45 days, painting fire hydrants and mowing lawns at apartment complexes. But that also bought time for his neck to heal from an in-season injury, something NFL teams asked about.
Upon finalizing his deal, he visited his high school in Spring Lake Park, Minn., and thought about the fact that he was a quarterback there and plenty of people had doubts that he could play linebacker in the Football Championship Subdivision, let alone the NFL.
"To get a shot, that’s all a guy like me can ask," he said.
Domino flew to Denver on Tuesday afternoon. Camp starts today.
Cochart also took a non-football job for a time, doing general labor for a landscaping company. Problem was, he had to wear pants and long sleeves - he lost 10 pounds in less than three weeks and had to quit or risk looking like he did when he arrived in Brookings (230 pounds).
Of the three Jacks that signed, coach John Stiegelmeier said that Cochart seemed the most likely pro prospect coming out of high school. What’s more, SDSU has developed a nice little run of NFL-type tight ends in Steve Heiden, Chris Wagner and Cochart.
While Domino had the company of roughly 30 NFL players and sports medicine pros in Minneapolis, Brodie returned home to Georgia and basically worked out alone. In that regard, he was glad to do some group conditioning testing Tuesday in Jacksonville.
"Needless to say, there’s definitely room to improve," Brodie said. "But I made it."
He made it to Jacksonville at 4:30 a.m. and was waiting to get in the team facility at 10 a.m. - the earliest allowed by the post-lockout rules.
He said the Jags do plan to keep him at corner - instead of moving him to safety - and see what he can do on special teams.
"My goal is to make a difference," he said, "make an impact."
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