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TE Prospect Suffers Eye Injury After Getting Hit In Face With Ball During NFL Combine

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 28: Scouts look on as a player runs the 40-yard dash during the 2012 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

USF tight end Mitchell Wilcox was hoping to boost his draft stock on Thursday afternoon at the NFL Combine. Instead, the talented prospect ended up suffering an injury that affected his entire workout.

During the gauntlet drill on Thursday afternoon, Wilcox was drilled right in the face with a bullet of a pass. He didn't break stride and finished the rest of the drill. The damage was certainly done though, as the USF prospect reportedly suffered an eye injury.

According to NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero, Wilcox popped a blood vessel in his left eye when he got hit in the face. Obviously that threw him off for the remainder of the combine.

It takes determination and grit to finish the rest of the combine with an eye injury. The fact that Wilcox shrugged off the injury and carried on with his business might actually impress people around the league.

Mitchell Wilcox finished his USF career with 100 receptions for 1,326 yards and 11 touchdowns. Most draft projections have Wilcox as a mid-round pick. He's pretty versatile and there's no question that he's as tough as they get at tight end. For three-straight seasons, Wilcox was a candidate for the John Mackey Award. NFL executives should be more impressed with his resume, rather than discouraged by a mishap at the combine. We'll see if Wilcox can redeem himself at his pro day later this year. [

USF TE Mitch Wilcox popped a blood vessel in his left eye when he took a ball to the face in the gauntlet drill Thursday at the combine, source said. Amazingly, Wilcox finished the workout, but clearly wasn’t himself. He’ll be ready to redo everything at pro day March 30.

— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) February 28, 2020

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