Before the 2018 season C.J. Conrad was regarded as one of the top tight end’s in the country, but a heart aliment discovered at the combine forced him to slide completely out of the NFL draft.
After going undrafted, Conrad signed a 3-year partially guaranteed deal with the New York Giants. Conrad is nowhere near a lock to make the 53-man roster, but coaches are impressed by what they’ve seen thus far.
“He’s tough. He’s smart. He can learn,” said Giants tight end coach Lunda Wells at the team’s rookie minicamp this month. “He’s not a blazer, but he’s instinctive in the pass game. It didn’t take a long time to figure out that this guy is very determined about being a really good player and I like that about him. He takes coaching very well. I really like that kid from what we saw over the three-day rookie minicamp.”
The Giants have two established tight ends in Evan Engram and Rhett Ellison, but there is room for a third especially if Conrad can prove that he is an asset in the running game as a blocker.
“Yeah, he is one of those guys that will fit right in with those guys,” said Wells. “Easy going, again, loves football. He’s a good guy for that room.”
After almost having the NFL taken away from him, Conrad is grateful for a chance to compete.
“You’re [I’m] just fortunate to get the opportunity to play football, let alone a chance at the NFL, and there was a time in my life not too long ago when I wasn’t sure that was going to happen.”
Now that he has the opportunity, Conrad won’t go down without a fight.
“I’m a competitive player. I’m a tough player. I’m gonna get after it.”