Updated: April 19, 2011 at 12:00 am
Reggie Rembert doesn’t know what the next few weeks will bring. The former Air Force cornerback has kept his humor about his NFL chances, saying his workouts will at least give him a good “beach body.”
He is hopeful, however. He hopes one NFL team doesn’t see his short stature or his military commitment as a detriment and adds him during the NFL draft, which is April 28-30, or signs him sometime after the draft, when the labor situation clears up.
“All 32 teams know about me and say I’m a good player,” Rembert said. “My agent says all we need is one team. I’ll prove what I need to prove with that one team. I just needed one shot out of high school, and Air Force gave me that shot.”
Rembert is unlikely to be drafted, although it isn’t impossible after he made some All-American teams as a senior and running a 4.39-second 40-yard dash with a 41-inch vertical jump at Air Force’s pro day workout in March. If Rembert does go undrafted, the lockout could pose a new set of issues. Teams can’t sign undrafted free agents if the lockout is still in place.
Rembert’s agent Drew Pittman has talked to teams, and hopes his client gets taken in the draft. He has pitched Rembert’s versatility – Pittman thinks with Rembert’s speed and hands he could help as a slot receiver, and can also return kicks – and mentions that even though Rembert is 5-foot-8, he has great coverage skills. He joked that being tall doesn’t matter at cornerback if you can’t keep up with the receiver.
“Every team is going to want a guy like him,” Pittman said. “He has great work ethic, character and intelligence – and not just football intelligence, but overall intelligence too. He’s the kind of guy you want on your team.”
Rembert has called around, asking former Air Force players Chad Hall and Ben Garland and former Army linebacker Caleb Campbell about their NFL experience. All three have NFL contracts, which shows the service commitment isn’t a deal breaker. Rembert said he’s hoping to follow the path of Garland, who signed with the Broncos, used his leave to participate in training camp last year and plans to do the same this year. Garland was on the military/reserve list last year while he served his commitment.
“(Garland) told me to keep working hard, it will go by fast and don’t get lazy,” Rembert said. “He said to stay positive and do your job in the Air Force. The first thing is being a leader and serving in the Air Force, and second is the NFL.”