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Hoping for the draft
Hinesville’s Gary Guyton will try to prove he can play in the NFL this weekend as he participates in the NFL Combine. It airs live on the NFL Network Saturday-Tuesday, beginning at 11 a.m. each day. - photo by By Patty Leon / Coastal Courier
Hinesville native Gary Guyton sets his sights on the NFL this weekend as he heads to the RCA Dome in Indianapolis for the NFL Combine.
Guyton, a Bradwell Tiger football standout and a Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket linebacker, was invited to the recruiting day along with 35 other lineback prospects including his fellow Yellow Jacket teammate Philip Wheeler.
The NFL Combine puts the invited participants through a series of drills, tests and interviews with more than 600 NFL personnel, including head coaches, general managers and scouts. It is considered the annual job fair for prospective new NFL players.
Guyton was invited to play at the East West Shrine Game this year and after a solid performance was invited to play at the Senior Bowl when another player was injured. It gave him another opportunity to be seen and noticed by NFL personnel and scouts.
“He’s poised to shock a lot of scouts with his athletic ability,” Guyton’s brother Terrence said. “I am sure that his stock is going to increase significantly.”
Terrence Guyton said his brother has averaged 4.5 seconds or better in the 40-yard dash. At 6’3” and 245 pounds, that is quite an accomplishment.
As a Yellow Jacket, Guyton started all the games his last season and was right behind Wheeler with 42 solo tackles, 36 assists, five sacks for 27 yards and five pass breakups. Last season he posted 6.5 sacks. He had the most solo tackles in one game last season against North Carolina, 8.
While Wheeler got most of the media attention during his career as a Yellow Jacket, Guyton has the size and strength and physical tools teams are looking for.
As a Bradwell Tiger he was named to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Top 50 in Georgia, All-Southeast region selection by Prep Star and ranked in the Top 100 in Georgia by He returned two fumbles and an interception for touchdowns, had 56 tackles, six tackles for loss, three sacks, three fumble recoveries, five pass breakups and a blocked kick. Guyton also caught three passes for 54 yards and a touchdown and scored two 2-point conversions. He made 59 tackles as a junior with nine sacks, 10 tackles for loss, one interception and a fumble recovery. Guyton was a three-year letterman at Bradwell.
The NFL Combine will air live on the NFL Network tomorrow through Tuesday beginning at 11 a.m. each day.

Combine events
40-yard dash
Bench press
Three cone drill
Broad jump
Vertical leap
20-yard shuttle
60-yard shuttle
Position specific drills
Physical measurements
NFL team interviews
The Wonderlic Test
The Cybex Test
Injury evaluation
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