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Blog: Former Bulldog looks for NFL shot at new position

Pro Day at Georgia isn’t just about the most familiar names like Aaron Murray, Arthur Lynch and Garrison Smith.

Others will be chasing their dreams as well on Wednesday, including Oconee County High product Blake Sailors.

After joining the team as a walk-on, Sailors earned a reputation as a special teams standout while working as a defensive back.

Since his Georgia career ended, Sailors has trained as a wide receiver in hopes of hooking on somewhere in the NFL.

“I just felt like it was my best shot,” Sailors said.

The 5-foot-11, 179-pound Sailors said his routes may not be crisp, but he hopes by showing he can catch the ball, that a team can envision him as a receiver.

“Plus, I’m fast also,” said Sailors, who had 28 tackles, a forced fumble and fumble recovery at Georgia. “Maybe the combination of the two of being fast and catching the ball, I can be a little slot guy.”

Coach Mark Richt was quick to mention Sailors in recent years whenever he was asked about the fastest players on the team.

Sailors could run the fastest 40 on Wednesday.

“My goal time is to be in the 4.3s,” he said.

Sailors said he’s been timed at 4.37 while training the last few months at Ryan Goldin’s “GATA” facility in Buford.

He’s worked out there with former Georgia offensive linemen Dallas Lee and Chris Burnette and receiver Rhett McGowan
as all geared up for Pro Day.

“We get up early and work out six or seven hours a day,” Sailors said. “It’s a grind.”

Sailors said Jon Richt, the former Mars Hill quarterback and son of the Georgia coach, will throw to him at Pro Day.

Jon Richt, now a volunteer assistant with the Bulldogs, threw passes to Tavarres King and Richard Samuel at last year’s Pro Day.

Murray already has his timing down with players who caught passes from him at Georgia, Sailors said.

If Sailors can get into an NFL camp, he’ll take it.

“It’s kind of like when I started at Georgia as a walk-on, you just want to kind of get a shot,” Sailors said. “Once I finally got a shot on special teams, I took off with it. That’s all I really want these guys to see. I’m going to work as hard as I can and all I’m really looking for is a chance to do something. After that, it’s all in my hands.”

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