Pro Scouts Come To UW For Timing Day
Potential Draft Picks Show Skills To NFL Suitors
A lot of former University of Wisconsin football players had a pretty important afternoon on Wednesday.
It's the annual Pro Timing Day where scouts and team officials like Green Bay Packers' general manager Ted Thompson come to Madison to watch players like Russell Wilson, Peter Konz and other potential draft picks and free agents to see if they have what it takes to make it in the NFL.
Konz is considered by many the No. 1 prospect at center, but he didn't do much Wednesday because he's still recovering from ankle surgery. He said he's now about 90 percent and should be fine.
Michigan center David Molk recently said he's stronger, faster and smarter than Konz. But the 6-foot 5-inch, 315-pound Konz will deal with it.
"That's OK. Taylor Swift said, 'People throw rocks at things that shine,'" said Konz. "As far as I know, everybody likes me. Ha, ha, ha. 'Cause I'm sexy and I know it.'"
Wilson also has plenty of potential suitors.
"I've talked to every team, so I think pretty much every team is interested," said Wilson. "You know, it's one of those situations where you have to respect the process and understand that it only takes one team, but you may have a lot of teams that like you so I'm excited about the opportunity. Whatever team it's going to be, it's going to be a blessing in my life and I think it's going to be a great thing for that team as well."
"They want to see how high you can jump, they want to see how fast you are," said safety Aaron Henry. "They want to see how much you can bench press. That doesn't directly correlate with football because we've had guys throughout the University of Wisconsin who weren't that fast or didn't bench press that much or didn't jump that high who've succeeded in the NFL.."
The NFL draft starts on April 26.
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