Redding Hopeful for a Shot in the NFL
April 21, 2014
By Kylie Hargreaves, WakeForestSports.com
For most of his career as a Demon Deacon, defensive end Kristopher Redding was Wake Forest's secret weapon on the defensive line. Now the Georgia native is eager to turn heads in the NFL and be picked up by a team in May.
Redding had an impressive junior season, notching 30 total tackles including 14 solo stops. He came back for his final season as a Deacon and helped anchor the defense with 12 solo stops and 25 total tackles.
After graduating in December, Redding was invited to play in the Medal of Honor Bowl in Charleston back in January. Since then, he has been training in Atlanta at Chip Smith Performance with former teammates Nikita Whitlock and Justin Jackson. Redding and company trained incredibly hard every day to get ready for their shot at impressing NFL scouts for Wake's Pro Day which took place in March.
"I had a great time training," said Redding. "I had to work harder than I ever have in my life, but I have reaped great results."
After months of training, Redding was ready to show off his hard work to the 22 NFL scouts in attendance at Wake's practice field during Pro Day.
"Pro Day was a little nerve-wracking, but I enjoyed it," Redding said. "Going from graduating three months ago to the largest job interview of my life was a bit unnerving at first but it proved to be a blessing in the end."
Despite the freezing rain and chilly temperatures that plagued the Wake Forest campus on March 17, Redding managed to make the most of his Pro Day experience. Due to the weather Redding did not feel he was able to perform at his peak during the outdoor portion of testing. Luckily, he made up for it in the weight room for the other half of testing.
"I did really well in the indoor portion of the workouts," said Redding. "I posted 26 bench reps, 32.5 inches on my vertical jump and 9'6" on the broad jump."
Redding was also notified by a few different NFL scouts that he ran the 40-yard dash ranging between 4.8-5.0 seconds. Redding's competitive drive and humble attitude is bound to raise some interest from different NFL teams.
"Whether or not a team will want to use a draft pick on me I'm not sure," said Redding. "I'm just praying to end up with a team that appreciates my talents and that I can do well with."
While Redding waits for his fate to be determined, he plans to return to his hometown and continue to work hard. The defensive end will be focusing more on his speed, flexibility, conditioning, and building his core strength.
"I've been working since January on looking good and testing well," said Redding." Now it's time to focus on the things that make me a good football player."
Redding will continue training in Atlanta where he will wait for whatever opportunity comes his way. The NFL Draft begins on Thursday, May 8, and will go through the weekend.