Georgia Tech runner Synjyn Days chasing NFL dream

Georgia Tech running back Synyn Days is an imposing NFL draft prospect with a unique size-speed ratio. At 6-foot-1, 235 pounds, Days has 4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash and is hoping to run as fast as 4.4 at his Pro Day on March 13 in Atlanta. Days rushed for 171 yards and three touchdowns in the Orange Bowl. Days was a productive football player, rushing for 924 yards and nine touchdowns as he started the final seven games of his senior year. He also caught three passes for 33 yards and a touchdown and was named All-Atlantic Coast Conference honorable-mention. "Everything is going well," Days told National Football Post in a telephone interview. "I've been working with Chip Smith. All my training is going well. I'm getting a lot stronger and faster and bigger. My Pro Day should be a great day. When I didn't get invited to the scouting combine, I wasn't let down about it. I prefer to play running back, but I'm open to playing wherever the team needs me. "I can break the big runs and it takes more than one man to bring me down. I'm just looking forward to going out on my Pro Day and putting on a show. I'd like to run under 4.5 or a low 4.5 and do a 6.7 in the L drill and a 4.3 shuttle and bench press 30 reps." Days played in the Medal of Honor Bowl all-star game following the Orange Bowl, rushing for 11 yards and a touchdown on six carries and talking to roughly half the NFL teams. He's expected to have a private workout with the New England Patriots this spring. Days could project to either running back or fullback in the NFL. "The feedback I got was good," Days said. "They like my size and speed. They want to be sure I'm able to catch the ball out of the backfield. We didn't throw the ball a lot at Georgia Tech, so I feel like a lot of people have underestimated my hands. The scouts all said they'll attend my Pro Day. It's always good to hear that." A converted quarterback who rushed for 75 touchdowns and passed for 30 touchdowns in high school, Days is a devout Christian who says he'll bring strong leadership and character to an NFL locker room. "I'm someone who puts the organization first," Days said. "I've never had any off-field issues. I'm a hard worker. I'll watch a lot of film, stay late and get there early. I can catch the ball well out of the backfield. I'm a hard runner.  I grew up always wanting to play in the NFL. If that didn't work out, I planned on going to dental school either way." Follow me on Twitter: @RavensInsider Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun    
Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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