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Guillermo thinks he deserves to be drafted

After not getting invited to this year’s NFL Scouting Combine, former Clemson center Jay Guillermo admitted he went through workouts at Clemson’s Pro Day on Thursday with a chip on his shoulder.

“Yeah, a little bit,” he told reporters after. “But you control what you can control. I can control how hard I work, and I take pride in how hard I work. … It played a little part in it. It did put a little chip on my shoulder, but once again, I couldn’t control it. Don’t need to worry about it, just do what I can.”

Guillermo was pleased with his performance during the Pro Day, which took place inside Clemson’s indoor practice facility.

The former two-time All-ACC player weighed in at 298 pounds and benched 33 reps of 225 pounds — a mark that would have ranked fifth among offensive linemen at the combine.

He also felt fluid in his movement during drills, and said the feedback he received from scouts on hand was positive.

“A lot of guys were pretty impressed,” Guillermo said. “The way I moved, the way I could sink into my hips, flexibility, lateral quickness, things like that. So, I got some good reviews.”

Guillermo said he has been in touch with a number of NFL teams and spoke with many at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in Carson, Calif., in January.

“I talked to probably 17, 18 teams out there,” he said. “I’ve been in contact with a good bit of teams, and it can only go from here.”

The native of Maryville, Tenn., will take time to recuperate physically over the next few days after going through the grind of preparation for postseason all-star games and the Pro Day since the national championship game in early January.

“I’ll take a couple days off this weekend to kind of relax and get my body back,” Guillermo said. “We’ve been going through it since the 9th. I think I’ve had a total of like a week off since the 9th, so just going to get my body back the next couple days and then I’ll get right back to it on Monday.”

Most pundits project Guillermo to be a late-round draft pick in April’s NFL Draft or an undrafted free agent.

Guillermo, who posted 69 knockdowns in 2,552 snaps over 46 games (29 starts) in his career, is optimistic as he awaits his draft fate.

He thinks he deserves to hear his name called next month.

“I definitely think that I have the ability to get drafted, but that’s all up to them,” Guillermo said. “That’s all up to the big guys upstairs. It all just depends. But I think I deserve it. But no matter what happens, free agency, I’m going to do what I do.”

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