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Foster has fingers crossed on draft day


    Jayson Foster isn’t sure if his name will be called during this weekend’s NFL draft, but he’s keeping his fingers crossed.
    The former Georgia Southern star and Walter Payton Award winner will track the festivities on television from his parent’s home in Canton with hopes of being a late-round pick, anywhere from the fifth to seventh rounds. If he goes undrafted, he’ll look to sign as a free agent.
    “I’m excited and anxious to see how it plays out,” Foster said this week. “I haven’t played football since November, so hopefully I’ll get the opportunity to keep playing.”
    Foster, the NCAA record holder for rushing yards by a quarterback in a season, had a stellar showing during GSU’s Pro Day a month ago and has toiled to stay in shape since. Recently, Foster and his agent have fielded calls from Baltimore, Denver, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Miami, New England, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and San Diego.
    “They just want to touch base and make sure they’ve got a guy they feel comfortable with and have all of their ducks in a row,” said Foster’s agent Joel Turner, adding that one team’s director of security called last week to do a background check on Foster.
    “They don’t do that if they’re not really, really interested,” Turner said.
    Foster’s top selling points are his versatility and speed, talents he hopes won’t be overlooked because of his size. In the NFL, Foster would likely be used to handle kick-return duties and catch passes.
    “He can do a lot,” Turner said. “If somebody were smart enough to use him in a Warrick-Dunn fashion, he could really do some damage.”
    It’s impossible to predict where Foster will land, and the speedster insists he has no preference — he just wants a shot.
    “It’s going to depend on a lot of scenarios that neither he nor I can do a thing about,” Turner said. “It’s predicated on team need, position on the draft board and what players may or may not go ahead of him. I feel like Jayson should be drafted somewhere.”
    The first two rounds are today beginning at 3 p.m., and the final five rounds will commence Sunday at 10 a.m. ESPN will televise the event.
    “The draft’s a strange animal when you start talking about two or three o’clock on a Sunday afternoon,” Turner said. “With late-round guys, you just never know.”

    Alex Pellegrino can be reached at (912) 489-9413.

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