INDIANAPOLIS — Solomon Kindley says the Atlanta Falcons like his game, and he’s ready to show them even more in the Friday workouts at the NFL combine.
Kindley, who measured in at 6-foot-3 and a trimmed down 336 pounds, could see his draft stock take a jump now that he’s healthy.
“I’m really ready to show them who I am and what I’m about,” Kindley said at his podium interview at the Indianapolis Convention this week.
Kindley suffered an injured ankle in the Bulldogs 23-17 win over Notre Dame on Sept. 21 and missed three starts before being cleared to play.
“It really didn’t feel right none of this season,” Kindley revealed. “I played through the bowl game with a jacked up foot. So when I went to Pensacola (Fla., to train), I tried to get a lot of rehab and do things like that.”
Kindley cut nine pounds off the 345 he played at this season, clearly a step slower than he was during a healthy sophomore campaign in 2018.
Kindley said he’s known for a while he was going to turn professional after his junior season.
“I wasn’t close (to returning), to be honest, I already knew I was going to leave,” Kindley said. “I felt like all I had to do was play pretty good, and the rest was history.”
The Sugar Bowl, Kindley said, was a chance to close out his Georgia career in the right way.
“During the bowl game, I knew I was going pro,” Kindley said. “The reason I wanted to play in that game was I wanted to end on a good note, because we’d lost to LSU in the SEC Championship.
“And I wanted to play with my brothers, with Trey (Hill) and George Pickens, because they’re gonna be a really good team this year. I wanted to have one more hard-fought game with them boys.”
Kindley said his talk with Atlanta went well.
“They say they like how I play, love how I play,” Kindley said. “They say I’m a mauler, they love my game, and I have an informal (interview) with them.
Kindley said he’s also met with Green Bay, Seattle, Arizona, Carolina, Los Angeles Rams, New York Giants and Jacksonville.
The offensive line workouts begin at 4 p.m. on Friday (TV: NFL Network).
Georgia offensive tackles Andrew Thomas and Isaiah Wilson will take part in the workouts, as will tailbacks D’Andre Swift and Brian Herrien.
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