Antonio Gandy-Golden has spent his charity working on his genuine true love, something his grandparents did for him at a young age to help him not to bounce off the wall of their home on the south side of Chicago.
“I do something like that every day,” said Gandy-Golden, who said he could complete the Rubik’s Cube in 44 seconds. “It’s kind of a necessity for me, I would say, just to get my brain which is like the real world broken, just to have fun doing it.”
At the same time, a much bigger puzzle – which Gandy-Golden began in middle school – will be completed this weekend. Prominent recipients of Liberty are expected to be selected on Friday during the second day of the NFL draft, or perhaps earlier on the third day Saturday.
Apart from the coronavirus pandemic, Gandy-Golden has been able to do almost everything he usually does to prepare drafts. He is exercising in an independent school facility while living on campus and doing whatever he can to help the team get the clearest picture about him without meeting in person.
“Certainly overall [coronavirus] That kind of thing makes everything a whirlwind, “Gandy-Golden said, in a call to promote Panini’s Road to Rated Rookie docuseries (the first episode of three episodes about him that was launched Monday). “But for the most part, I think people really do their jobs and find creative ways to do things, like with the whole interview process and things related to Pro Day. I feel mostly good. Of course, that’s not normal, but it’s not bad. “
Gandy-Golden said he communicated in several forms with each team so far, including video interviews with eight (though he would not say which team they were in). He could be an attractive mid-round option for New York teams. The Jets need wide but can overcome other positions in the first half, and the Giants can always use more targets for Daniel Jones.
This is a busy receiving class, but Gandy-Golden knows his biggest asset is a 6-4, 223-pound framework, which he uses to help him make 150 catches for 2,433 yards and 20 goals in his last two seasons with the Flames.
“I think my size really helps me stand out, just because I can move well at my size,” Gandy-Golden said. “I can do many things that are not always done by many larger recipients.”
He was impressed during the Senior Bowl week, capturing a 5-page touchdown pass in the game and making acrobatic struggles almost every day in practice. At Combine, he came in second among the recipients with 22 reps of bench press, and he posted a vertical 37 inches, a wide jump of 10-6, and a jump of 40 yards 4.60 seconds.
But as a player whose football program just joined FBS two years ago, Gandy-Golden knew that just being in those two events – the only two main events where teams could watch and meet players in person – helped design the stock.
Said Gandy-Golden: “Just to be able to go to those places and show my talent and only show that I really belong to these people is definitely a blessing and I’m very grateful for it.”
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