Today at the Nutter Field House, about two dozen UK Seniors put out their best effort to land an NFL paycheck. Scouts from the Eagles, Bengals, Texans, Browns, Patriots, Titans and many more were on hand to watch them perform position and combine drills. UK’s top prospect Larry Warford only participated in position drills, having already gone through the combine in Indianapolis. “I felt like I did pretty well today, I just did the O-Line drills; didn’t want to strain myself too much so I didn’t run.” There was room to improve in his 40-yard dash and benchpress, but he was advised to let it be. Warford’s greatest asset for scouts is his versatility, “You only get 7 active linemen in an NFL game so you have to be able to play different positions.”
– Mark Stoops has commended Nutter Field House for its solid playing surface, however players struggled early on with loose footing, frequently slipping and sliding.
– Morgan Newton followed up throwing the ball to the WRs, by putting on white gloves and showing his TE/H-Back skills. Newton’s passing was average, making some good throws while mixing in a few lame ducks. He looks the part at TE, running crisp routes with decent hands. The only negative was his speed; that was the same explanation given by last year’s staff is why he didn’t get more playing time at that position.
– Collins Ukwu looked like an NFL player today. His size and athleticism give him the chance to make an NFL roster. The only critique you could have for him was his wobbly arms during bench. Turning a negative into a positive: those long arms make it harder to bench, but are highly coveted by NFL teams.
– I really feel bad for CoShik Williams for multiple reasons. His season-ending injury halfway through the year caused him to miss valuable PT during his Senior season. Today, he looked phenomenal, both catching passes out of the backfield and during his combine drills (He’s a tiny RB, but had the 2nd best bench with 20 reps of 225). His skill set also would have excelled in Neal Brown’s offense. If he just had that one more year…
– To wrap this thing up the right way, take a peek at Matt Smith’s bench press. The center is hearing some interest from the Arizona Cardinals after logging 28 reps of 225 pounds. My favorite part of the day was watching groups go through bench press. Hearing their enthusiasm takes me back to my own glory days, while showing me that these guys still are willing to do whatever they can to help a teammate.