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Draft Watch: Mardy Gilyard

NFL Combine Football Mardy Gilyard

WR, Cincinnati

6-0, 187

Draft projection: Round 3.

Gilyard posted outstanding junior and senior seasons for Cincinnati. He caught 81 passes for 1,276 yards as a junior and 87 passes for 1,191 yards as a senior.

He lost his scholarship due to poor academics after his freshman year and had to sit out 2006. He lived in his car -- a 2002 Grand-Am -- for the better part of six months, while he worked four jobs to pay off debt. He says living in his car was the "easiest rent he ever had to pay." What did he learn from the experience?

“It took me from a kid that felt like he was full -- from a kid that felt like I was everything and anything to football in Cincinnati -- to someone that didn’t have anything at all. I was homeless in the city. I lost my scholarship. I got evicted from my house. With that all in mind, I had to find faith and myself. I had to grow up. I was a real knucklehead kid. Arrogant, cocky, immature. I had to grow up, so that helped me out a lot. I wouldn’t change it for nothing.”

What jobs did he work? “I was a cook at an Italian restaurant, I sold kitchen cutlery, I was a delivery driver for pizza and worked construction.”

Gilyard played well in the Senior Bowl, catching 132 yards in passes and a TD. His 40-yard dash time was 4.56.

---Mark Gaughan

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