One of the more intriguing names who has picked up steam for the 2017 NFL Draft is Mo Alie-Cox. A 6’6”, 250-pounder from Virginia Commonwealth University, Alie-Cox played on VCU’s basketball team and is looking to make a transition to football - specifically the tight end position.
He is holding a workout for NFL teams on Tuesday on VCU’s campus, which was expected to draw some interest from teams looking to use a late-round flier on him or sign him as an undrafted free agent.
However, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, those decisions will have to happen almost immediately:
An NFL spokesman confirmed that Alie-Cox was "eligible for the 2016 NFL Draft and has remained a free agent since the conclusion of that draft." Therefore, he won't be in the 2017 draft -- and can sign immediately.
With at least 20 teams expected to be in attendance — and Alie-Cox offering to go through drills at any other position teams would like — his workout will be fascinating to keep an eye on throughout this afternoon. In fact, with a good showing, he could have a home on an NFL roster as soon as tomorrow.
A team like the Packers could be a perfect situation for Alie-Cox. Green Bay does not need a tight end immediately, as the signings of Martellus Bennett and Lance Kendricks solidified the position for the next few years. However, that could give this young basketball convert time and mentorship to develop his NFL game and to become a contributor in future seasons.