Chat with former Louisville WR Mario Urrutia
Despite missing a couple of games due to injury, Urrutia finished third on the team in catches (35), yards (501) and TDs (3). He was a two-time second team All-Big East at Louisville.
According to Urrutia's Scouts Inc.'s draft profile, Urrutia "has the frame and athletic ability to develop into an effective possession receiver in the NFL. But his lack of focus as a route runner and pass catcher give us reason to believe he may never reach his full potential. In addition, he isn't going to be much of a big-play threat at the next level. That's why Urrutia projects as a late-round pick."
Send in your questions now, then join Urrutia on Thursday at 2 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (2:02 PM)
We've got Mario!
What did you learn from Coach Petrino that will help you make that jump to NFL WR?
Mario Urrutia (2:02 PM)
Actually, I learned everything I do know now from the Petrinos. His brother taught me a lot as my WR coach. He had me in before and after practices. So I would give them 100% of the credit.
Tim Dunn ( Morgantown, WV)
Being one of, if not the biggest WR's in this years class..... What do you think you'll bring to the team that drafts you?
Mario Urrutia (2:03 PM)
Just a physical presence. Just being the physical receiver that I am. The red zone threat and one that any WR coach would love to have on their team.
What are your plans on draft day?
Mario Urrutia (2:04 PM)
As soon as they send me the playbook, I'll have my nose in that. But other than that, we'll have a mini-celebration on draft day with my family. Then I'll spend as much time with my son before I leave.
Mario, Let me tell you how excited we are to see you move onto the league. How was your experience at the combine? Any post visits with any teams?
Mario Urrutia (2:05 PM)
The combine was actually nothing like I expected. I knew the top players from around the country. It was all right. It was a little exhausting. As far as the teams I've visited, I've worked out with the Bengals, Jets, and the Falcons. The Browns.
Joe (Meridian, MS)
Mario, how would you compare yourself to teammate Harry Douglas?
Mario Urrutia (2:06 PM)
I would just say that we are opposite in our games. But as far as off the field, we're a lot alike. We hang out a lot. He's a short, speedy receiver and plays the slot. I'm a tall, physical receiver, a red zone threat.
Thank you for all you've done at the U of L. Could you tell me how hard it was for you selecting an agent? Was it a difficult process?
Mario Urrutia (2:07 PM)
It was difficult, because it's hard to find someone that you can really trust. I held it off while I was playing football during the season. I let my mom take calls until I was ready. She narrowed it down to her top two or three agents. I sat down with them and decided that Tom Kleine from JL Sports was the best.
Mark H. (Bowling Green, OH)
What NFL WR do you compare yourself to?
Mario Urrutia (2:08 PM)
I would compare myself to Plaxico Burress. He's a long, physical WR and I just love his game.
John (Coeur d' alene, ID)
What do you feel will be your biggest weakness when you get to the NFL, and what do you plan on doing to improve?
Mario Urrutia (2:09 PM)
I would say I've been working on my weaknesses. If I had to pick a weakness, it's just not knowing what to expect. You never know what to expect. I'll just go out and do what I do best and everything will come out the best.
Toby (Newark, NJ)
How did you prepare for the combine? What was the toughest question that was asked of you at the combine?
Mario Urrutia (2:10 PM)
My agents, they set up a lot of little things to help me, as far as interview coaches, I guess you could call them. They did a great job with that. As far as the questions, there weren't really any hard ones. They just asked you about personal stuff and as long as you're honest about everything it was all good.
Howie Evon (Stillwater, OK)
What advice would you give to upcoming underclassman that were considering making the early jump to the NFL?
Mario Urrutia (2:11 PM)
I would tell them to strongly consider it. Just go back and look at your overall game. If you feel like you've done your best at what you can do and have done the things you need to do to become a complete receiver, make that jump. If you feel you're ready, go ahead. I'm a religious person, I prayed a lot, my mom prayed a lot. That helped us out in making our decision.
Mario, what were you feeling after you lost to Syracuse last year? We definitely were pumped here.
Mario Urrutia (2:12 PM)
We felt like we had to regroup. Take a step back and look over everything and see what went wrong. We needed to get the team unity back. We were pretty bummed about it, but I'm pretty sure my team will avenge me next season.
Brett (Montreal, QC)
Why do you think your QB Brian Brohm has fallen so sharply in draft projections compared to last season when he put up better numbers this past season?
Mario Urrutia (2:13 PM)
That's so broad. You can choose from so many different things. With everything going around and so many different people saying what they're saying about the draft, you really can't put it on one thing. This whole process is so crazy, you never know.
How loud is it on the field in Morgantown?
Mario Urrutia (2:14 PM)
There are two words: Crazy Loud.
Hey Mario, heard you worked out with the Bengals, how would you feel about learning behind a guy like Houshmanzadeh who was given a bad draft projection but still realized his potential.
Mario Urrutia (2:15 PM)
TJ, he has incredible work ethic. I would have no problem at all working behind him and learning what I need at the next level. Working behind him would be an honor.
Mario, Who was your fav. nfl player and team growing up?
Mario Urrutia (2:15 PM)
Growing up my favorite team was the Pittsburgh Steelers and my favorite player was Plaxico Burress and Randy Moss before him.
Johnathan (Nashville, TN)
With the Titans being one of the teams needing a WR most, have you had any contact with them so far?
Mario Urrutia (2:16 PM)
Yes, I talked to them at the combine. They seemed pretty interested. I would have no problem at all going to Tennessee. That's real close to home and I'm sure my family wouldn't have a problem either.
Mario Urrutia (2:16 PM)
I appreciate all your support. I hope you follow up on my wherever I go, whether it's your favorite team or its arch rival.
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