On Thursday afternoon, the NFL combine continued with the first group of workouts. First up this weekend were the quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends, who completed several workouts including the 40-yard dash.
Although the 40-yard dash isn’t the best indicator of success in the NFL, it dominated the headlines Thursday night. Former Alabama star wide receiver Henry Ruggs torched the competition, posting a 4.27-second 40-yard dash – just .05 off the record.
For every great performance at the Combine there has to be an equal and opposite performance. That just so happened to be former USF tight end Mitchell Wilcox.
The former USF tight end actually performed admirably at the Combine, posting solid numbers for a tight end. However, he suffered what will likely be the lowlight of the weekend in one of the drills.
In a drill called the Gauntlet, a quarterback drilled Wilcox right in the face with a bullet of a pass.
Check it out.
USF TE Mitchell Wilcox took a fastball to the face. Ouch pic.twitter.com/Jr32s7TjAC
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) February 27, 2020
The gauntlet consistently disorients receivers, and Wilcox happened to be the unlucky participant this time.
According the most NFL analyst predictions, Wilcox projects as a late-round prospect and possibly an undrafted target for teams.
Hopefully teams overlook his mishap at the Combine tonight.