Avery Gennesy worked at his training facility to gain nearly 15 pounds in preparation for the NFL Combine.
After his redshirt 2014 season, the two-year starting left tackle for Texas A&M has also been working on his versatility, hoping to contribute to a team that finds a spot for his 6-5, 318-pound frame.
"I see myself wherever a team needs me to play, left tackle, left guard, center," Gennesy said Thursday at the NFL Combine. "That's something I've been working on at my training facility, every position so I can be prepared for each position if I go into training camp or whevever a team needs me to play."
Gennesy routinely faced top draft prospect Myles Garrett in practice, but also watched local NFL players to broaden his skillset against other defenders, including Texans starting left tackle Duane Brown.
"I watched Tyrone Smith, (Doug) Free, the right tackle for the Cowboys," Gennesy said. "I watched Duane Brown for the Texans, just looking at how they played the game and the things they do to help themselves in certain situations."
Gennesy says he looks to players like Brown, who use their size to dominate, but can still maintain their quickness. The Texans All-Pro left tackle rehabbed from quadriceps surgery last year for his ninth NFL season and was awarded the 2016 Ed Block Courage award by the team. A three-time Pro Bowler, Brown has blocked for six 1,000-yard rushers in his career.
"He just plays nasty," Gennesy said. "He plays hard each and every play. He's a big guy, but he plays light on his feet. He just brings a different mindset to the game."
Gennesy says he has primarily played left tackle throughout his high school and collegiate career, but showcased his skills at left guard, right guard and right tackle in this year's East-West shrine game.
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