Former Maryland tight end Tyler Mabry, who played with the Terps in 2019 after spending four years at Buffalo, says he’s set to participate in “virtual meetings” as part of his preparation for the 2020 NFL Draft because of COVID-19.
The 6-foot-4, 248-pound Mabry was at Buffalo from 2015-2018, redshirting in 2015 and earning first-team All-MAC honors in 2018 (27 catches, 230 yards and two touchdowns). In 2019, he started all 12 games for Maryland, catching 13 passes for 155 yards and three touchdowns.
Now, Mabry has the NFL in his sights, but he wasn’t invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis and he can no longer impress teams the way prospects could in any other year. Pro days and visits to team facilities have been canceled around the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mabry worked out at California Strength in San Ramon, Calif., but is now training in Georgia.
“This whole coronavirus situation, it is crazy, but you’ve got to take it day by day. You can’t really focus too far ahead,” Mabry said on Glenn Clark Radio March 18. “Honestly, what me and my agent are trying to focus on is what can I do today? I can focus on doing workouts, the same routines I’ve been doing at Cal Strength, where I trained at by myself. I’m back in Georgia now, so just focusing. Whenever a scout calls or if I do get a pro day or workout or whatever, I’m going to be ready for when that time comes.”
For now, he’s getting to know talent evaluators with NFL teams as best he can.
“I’m not going to do a virtual workout,” Mabry said. “I want scouts and coaches to see me in person, but right now scouts are starting to email me. I’m about to start setting up virtual meetings.”
Though Maryland went 3-9 in 2019, Mabry is confident his stint with the Terps helped prepare him for the NFL. He said he picked the Terps not long after he put his name in the transfer portal because he loved head coach Michael Locksley’s vision for him, and he credited strength coach Ryan Davis with helping him out as well.
It wasn’t the first time Mabry stepped into a rebuilding program. Buffalo went 2-10 during his redshirt freshman season, but improved to 6-6 in 2017 and 10-4 in 2018.
“You have to start somewhere, and Maryland taught me that all over again,” Mabry said. “You have to start somewhere. You have to keep building. When adversity hits, you can’t point fingers, you’ve got to look yourself in the mirror. That’s what I’ve learned and become a better man each day and football player.”
Mabry discussed some other topics as well …
On Michael Locksley:
“Coach Locksley’s like the OG, original gangster around the DMV. That’s what I heard. That’s all I figured out. He’s welcoming. When he touched base, when he called me when I was in the transfer portal, he invites the players over to his house — has a beautiful house, by the way. He takes care of his players. He always calls people in if there’s a problem, things like when the season wasn’t going like we wanted, being real. He called everybody in, just wanted different opinions, how things can be fixed. He’s always working for the better of the team.”
On the potential of Maryland quarterback Lance Legendre, who will presumably compete against Josh Jackson for the starting job in the summer:
“Lance Legendre is definitely as special as people say he is. When me and Josh were throwing this summer, Lance was out there throwing with us too. Lance is always learning. His potential is to the ceiling. I believe in him. I believe in the whole quarterback room. Whoever shows out the most is going to get that spot.”
On his desire to become an athletic director after his playing days are over:
“Back when I was a kid, I just knew in high school that there were a lot of kids who were even better than me, that had high potential, but they didn’t have the right grades or just the right peers that they were around. I just want to help kids get on the right track, get them to college for free or just move on in the right steps in life, so that’s why I want to be an AD later on and stay around sports.”
For more from Mabry, listen to the full interview here:
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