GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It’s always interesting to hear the kinds of questions that NFL talent evaluators ask draft prospects in the overly-thorough vetting process that takes place this time of year.
Former Florida cornerback Quincy Wilson said one NFL team hit him with a math question during their meeting.
“I got asked, I think the Cincinnati GM was like, if I had 37 cents in my pocket and 7 coins, what would I have? And I didn’t know,” Wilson said.
What Wilson does know is that he’ll hear his name called during the early portion of the NFL Draft April 27-29. Everything else between now and then, including his work at Florida’s Pro Day on Tuesday, is just trying to maximize that outcome.
Wilson, who clocked a 4.54-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine earlier this month while putting up 14 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press and hitting 32 inches with his vertical jump, focused on drill work during Pro Day. The highlight was a ranging one-handed catch while showing off his agility and ability for the slew of NFL scouts and coaches in attendance at Florida’s indoor practice facility.
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“It proves that I’ve got ball skills. It’s nothing new,” Wilson said afterward.
Asked how he stacks up with a talented draft class of defensive backs, Wilson didn’t hesitate.
“I feel like I’m the best, without a doubt. No question,” he said. “What sets me apart is they’re looking for bigger guys now and I feel like I have the best combination of fluid hips, agility, all of that, speed all put together in one. I feel like there’s guys that run faster, 4.3, 4.4, but they don’t move how I move or did what I did on film this past year.”
Wilson collected 3 interceptions (1 returned for touchdown), 6 pass break-ups, 3.5 tackles for loss and 33 tackles as a junior in 2016. He also scored well on Pro Football Focus’ advanced metrics.
The latest mock drafts have Wilson projected as a fringe first-round pick. Neither ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. nor NFL.com’s four posted mock drafts nor CBSSports.com’s handful of mocks have Wilson in the first round, while ESPN’s Todd McShay has him going No. 32 overall.
He sees all that stuff, but he tries not to think about it much.
“Yeah, people send me it. It’s all foolishness really,” he said. “I mean, they’ve got guys up there that I know are not better than me. But those guys don’t know what they’re talking about so I don’t pay too much attention to it.”
He’d like to be one of those first 32 picks and slide into that first round. He doesn’t care what team takes him, saying, “If you like me, I like you.”
Wilson says he’s been invited to attend the draft live in Philadelphis, but he hasn’t decided if he will be there or stay home with his family.
Either way, he’s just ready to find out where he’s going and where he will start the next chapter of his football career.
“Anxious. Definitely anxious, anxious to see what happens,” Wilson said. “I know I’m good enough, I don’t have really anything to worry about, just anxious to see who wants me.”