College Football

Mason McCormick, Garret Greenfield making most of draft process


BROOKINGS — South Dakota State hosted its Pro Day on Wednesday and for offensive linemen Mason McCormick and Garret Greenfield, it was one of the final steps in the process to hear their names called at the NFL Draft next month.

McCormick and Greenfield participated in the NFL Combine in February and on Wednesday they did position workouts in front of scouts from every NFL team except the Tennessee Titans. McCormick did the bench press during pro day, but other than that the two did not participate in indvidual events because they liked the numbers they put up at the combine.

McCormick turned heads at the combine. He was the top-ranked guard in athleticism score and was the fourth-ranked guard overall. McCormick ran the 40-yard dash in 5.08 seconds and had a 35.5-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-9 broad jump. He ran the 3-cone drill in 7.59 seconds and the 20-yard shuttle in 4.45 seconds. On Wednesday he put up 32 reps in the bench press, which would have been second overall at the combine.

McCormick said he liked how everything went at the combine and didn’t feel he needed to drastically improve any of his numbers.

“I was pretty happy with [my numbers]. I think I could have done a little better in some things, but I think it showed people what I’m capable of and what I needed to do. … I met with every team by now. I’ve loved getting to do all these different interviews and meeting all these people. It’s been truly a blessing,” McCormick said.

Greenfield had a good combine as well. He was the sixth-ranked tackle in athleticism and the 16th-ranked tackle overall. He ran the 40-yard dash in 5.22 seconds and had a vertical jump of 38.5 inches. His broad jump was 9-foot-5. Greenfield ran the 3-cone drill in 7.76 seconds and the 20-yard shuttle in 4.85 seconds.

Greenfield said getting through the combine was more of a relief because he could just focus on showing off more of his skills on the field.

“It was a good experience. It’s something you always dream about doing as a kid growing up. … Getting the combine done was huge. Just to get all those numbers done with and it was awesome to have that all behind me and focus on football [Wednesday],” Greenfield said.

McCormick is from Sioux Falls and Greenfield is a native of Rock Valley, Iowa. When committing to South Dakota State, the NFL seemed to be a bit of a pipe dream for both players. Greenfield said the combine was a bit of a surreal experience but once he got to work he wasn’t worried about the bright lights.

“It was like anything big. We always talk about how you can always have a little bit of time to be a tourist and take it all in and enjoy the moment and soak it in and enjoy where your feet are at. But you have to flip it around and know when it’s time to go too. When I got there I took it all in and was so thankful to be there, but the first day when we got rolling, it was time to work and time to perform for what we have been training for for so long,” Greenfield said.

McCormick is projected to go in the third or fourth round, but he could end up going in the second round if a team really likes him. McCormick said where he goes in the draft doesn’t really matter to him. He just wants to hear his name called.

“You can’t really set a goal [for when you want to hear your name called]. You just never know what happens. I’ve done everything I can and it’s out of my hands. I’m just going to keep working and help a team out [when that time comes],” McCormick said.

Greenfield is projected to go in rounds 5-7. He said he’s met with a lot of teams throughout the process and has felt like he’s put forth his best effort to improve his draft stock throughout the lead up process.

“I had about 10-12 interviews with teams at the combine. I met with a lot [of teams] at the Shrine Bowl too. Throughout everything, I’ve met with a lot of teams and it’s been good so far. … I’ve been happy with every step of the way. Through the Shrine Bowl, the combine and now pro day, I was happy and felt good coming out of it. I think I put my best foot forward and did the best I could and that’s all you can ask for at the end of the day,” Greenfield said.

McCormick and Greenfield started every game next to each other over the past four seasons on the left side of the South Dakota State offensive line. They finished their career having won 29-straight games and Greenfield said it's been special to go through the draft experience with one of his best friends.

“It’s incredible. It’s so special to be doing it with your friends that you’ve come to know so well throughout all these years. It’s awesome to have another guy to talk to through it all. He knows exactly how it’s going, doing the same stuff. I think that just shows what SDSU can do for you, with how many guys we had [at pro day],” Greenfield said.

Greenfield and McCormick were two of 10 Jackrabbit players that participated in SDSU Pro Day on Wednesday. In the next month the two will continue to workout in Brookings on campus. McCormick said it will be nice to finish off the draft training process with the rest of his college teammates that are hoping to fulfill their football dreams next month.

“There’s going to be a lot of private workouts [with teams over the next month] and then I’m going to be around [Brookings]. I think a lot of us are going to stick around here and we’ll all work out together and keep pushing forward,” McCormick said.