April 19, 2016 - Aaron Wilson
Texas State tackle Adrian Bellard making push for NFL spot
As the NFL draft approaches, Texas State offensive tackle Adrian Bellard leans on the confidence that he built as a three-year starter. In particular, Bellard is proud of his blocking performance against Florida State last season. The 6-5, 310-pound All-Sun Belt Conference selection more than held his own against the Seminoles' front seven. "That game was really a confidence booster," Bellard said. "I never played that type of competition at that level before. That was a pretty good challenge. I accepted the challenge. I knew I would have to have a big game to put myself on the map. Being from a smaller school, I knew I had to play the best I could. I did good and it helped my confidence." Bellard played in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl all-star game in Los Angeles after the season. He talked with the Houston Texans at the game along with several other NFL teams. "I talked to them a lot," Bellard said. "Hopefully, there's something there." A native of Brenham, Texas, Bellard majored in criminal justice. He was named Texas State's Offensive Lineman of the Year three times. "I want to be a juvenile probation officer when I'm done playing football," Bellard said. "I want to help young people. I want to make an impact. On the field, Bellard already has. He had 56 1/2 knockdown blocks and didn't surrender a sack last season. He was named All-Sun Belt Conference second-team as a junior. He had 57 knockdowns. He started every game as a true sophomore. In high school, he was an all-district selection and all-state selection. He was named one of the nation's top 33 high school tackles and played in the Texas High School Coaches Association all-star game and in the International Bowl. Bellard was recruited by Baylor, Texas A&M, University of Houston and Tulane. Now, Bellard awaits the NFL draft. "I'm very excited," Bellard said. "Even if I don't get drafted, I want to see whre I land and take it from there. Once I have my foot in the door, I'll take it from there. "My mom and my brother call me almost every day to keep my head on the right path. They have been the main two making sure I'm ready along with my agent, J.D. Ogilvie. He calls me every day. He keeps me right." Ogilvie is a Houston-based agent and a former Utah State football player and a Columbia University graduate. "Adrian is a guy who was a four-star recruit in high school who had offers from multiple schools and ended up at Texas State," Ogilvie said. "He saw some production as a true freshman, then had a breakout sophomore year. He's played multiple positions, eventually landing at the tackle position. He had the best game of the senior year at Florida State. That game alone gets him a mid-round grade, I feel. He was invited to the NFLPA all-star game where he was dominant. He was the best right tackle there. "He's athletic, very mobile for his size. He revamped his diet, eating healthy. His flexibility, range of motion are good and he's getting quicker and faster. He's going to have chances to move inside or stay outside, but he's agile enough and to work around the edge going into the league. He can be there as long as he wants and stays healthy and fine-tunes his craft. He has no ceiling. . At the end of it, he can look back on it with a smile on his face." Follow me on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL Aaron Wilson covers the Texans for The Houston Chronicle.