Thursday, March 28, 2013
UConn, SMU players impress in pro days
By Matt Fortuna
Bill Belichick and Rex Ryan are rivals in the AFC East, but they both had an eye for Big East talent Wednesday.
The Patriots coach was in Storrs, Conn., to check out Connecticut's pro day, while the Jets head man was in Dallas at SMU.
When Nick Williams was learning the slot position last season, UConn coach Paul Pasqualoni had compared his potential to that of former New England star Wes Welker, making the sight of Belichick all the more surreal for him.
"That was pretty interesting," Williams said, according to the Hartford Courant. "I was fired up when I found out he was coming. An opportunity to work out in front of him is not something you can do every day. I was very fired up, especially with — although I think they're a little lofty — the Welker comparisons."
Williams ran an unofficial 4.56 in the 40-yard-dash Wednesday, while cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson, likely the first Husky to be taken in next month's NFL draft, improved his combine time from 4.53 to to unofficial times of 4.40 and 4.32.
The Mustangs, meanwhile, hosted reps from 21 NFL teams, including Ryan, who was there to work out potential first-round pick Margus Hunt.
Hunt chose to stand on his numbers from the combine, though others made an impression, including teammate Zach Line, who ran a 4.72-second 40 against the wind and a 4.62 with it.
Receiver Darius Johnson also stood out, running the 40 in 4.65 and 4.56, respectively, while notching 33 inches in the vertical jump. Defensive tackle Torlan Pittman led the team on the bench with 42 reps of 225 pounds.