ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Jhurell Pressley is trying to close in on a goal. He wants to play in the NFL.
Before that, he would like to get drafted to do so. The former University of New Mexco Lobos running back put solid numbers on his resume during his pursuit of the league. As a junior, Pressley led the nation in yards per carry at 9.5. He had a thousand yards and 12 touchdowns that season. He followed it up with a 907 yard season that included 11 touchdowns.His explosive runs of 40 or more yards were a common site to opponents in the Mountain West Conference. Pressley averaged 7.8 yards per carry his entire collegiate career but, has flown under the radar when it comes to the draft.
He is starting to get noticed just in time. Some draft analysts project anywhere from a 5th round selection to priority free agent.
“I am hearing a lot,” said Pressley. “A lot of people say they are going to take me in the 5th round. A lot of people are saying they are going to take me in the 6th round. A lot of people are saying a lot of different things. I am just excited to hear that my name is in the ball park of everybody. I am just excited about this whole process.”
Pressley’s best 40 time during Lobo Pro Day was a 4.38. He also had a 9 foot 6 broad jump and 33 and a half vertical leap.
Those numbers mixed with his ability on the field might be enough to get him an opportunity. Pressley does not care which team. “I wouldn’t mind playing for anybody,” said Pressley. “A lot of people ask me what is my dream team. I don’t really have a dream team. My goal is to make it to the NFL.” The NFL Draft starts Thursday.