RICHMOND — Former Virginia Commonwealth basketball player Mo Alie-Cox had scouts from more than 15 NFL teams watch him work out Tuesday, including Washington Redskins director of pro personnel Alex Santos.
Interest in Alie-Cox was widespread throughout the league. The Alexandria native is one of 2017’s most compelling NFL prospects not just because he is making the transition from playing basketball to football as a tight end after spending five years as a forward at VCU, but also because the 23-year-old was eligible for last year’s NFL draft. He is technically a free agent and can sign with a team immediately.
A sign-in sheet at the indoor facility listed 35 scouts credentialed to attend Alie-Cox’s workout.
“We expected this many, especially, I had had a lot of teams call me early — some teams knew I was a free agent way early in the process, like when me and my agent knew,” Alie-Cox said. “I think they were surprised at some of my measurements and the way I was moving — probably the biggest thing was how well I caught the ball. I got good feedback from that, and I haven’t really heard too much, because I’ve been busy doing meetings right after.”
Listed at 6 feet 7, 250 pounds, Alie-Cox ran through standard offensive pro day drills and a few defensive sets for the teams who wanted to gauge his potential as a defensive end. A low-post player at VCU, Alie-Cox averaged 9.5 points in 35 games this season.
“We haven’t really thought about contracts or anything like that,” Alie-Cox said after the workout. “We wanted to get the workout out the way before focusing on anything else.”