This time last year, Chaz Green was playing football again for the first time in months.
Now he’s setting himself up to be playing for years to come.
The former UF offensive tackle competed in Florida’s pro day last week with some added weight to his 6-foot-5 frame.
“I felt like I did good,” Green said. “Just show them that I can move a little bit. I gained some weight, but I still maintained my explosion and athletic ability.”
It’s also important for Green to maintain his health. He missed the entire 2013 season with a torn labrum, but returned last year and started every game expect the Birmingham Bowl.
“It was a blessing. I came back 100 percent,” Green said. “I feel great. This is the best I’ve felt in a long time. I’m just fortunate I was healthy last season.
“It was big to show that I can take a fall and come back. That just defines me. I’m a tough guy. I’ve battled through tough times. I just keep a level head and control what I can control.”
Green participated in the NFL combine in February and finished top 15 out of 40 linemen in three of the six testing categories. Now he’s attending private workouts with teams and has met with the Falcons, Buccaneers, Bills, Chargers, Cowboys, Falcons, Panthers, Saints and Texans.
“Just be yourself,” Green said when asked how he approaches his meetings. “Put your best foot forward. Don’t try to be something your not. You don’t want to come across like you’re fabricating an interview.”
Green is projected to be a late-round draft pick, but his focus isn’t when or where he’ll go. He’s just happy he can continue playing.
“I’m healthy,” Green said, “and all I can do is just go forward from there.”