My pops always taught me when going to a job interview it's always a suit and tie affair. It doesn't matter if you’re interviewing at the local grocery store ( as I did when I was 16) or for an executive position. You always want to make a great 1st impression and put your best foot forward from the beginning. This shows sincerity and appreciation for the employer to even give you their time for the opportunity. The NFL combine is no different. Although the suit and tie are unnecessary, this is the biggest job opportunity most of these players will ever have. It's important that they put their best foot forward.
The season they've played and the hard work they put in means a lot. Being in the room, and actually on the field, in front of these NFL execs means equally as much. This weekend’s combine tested not only their physical capabilities but also part of their mental capacity. The “Wonderlic Test” gauges your mental capability for learning and retaining information.
How did they fare? After months of training and preparing some of Mountaineers indeed put their best foot forward, literally. Gary Jennings showed his wheels posting a 4.42 second 40 yard dash and had 127 inch Broad Jump and a 37 inch vertical. Yodny Cajuste repped 225lbs 32 times, which certainly turned heads. Wesco had a very solid combine coming in at 267 lbs and running a 4.89 forty yard dash. Hes shown he can be versatile with strength and soft hands. Many scouts are saying he could also play fullback at the next level. Fan favorite David Sills flowed with long 6’3 strides to a 4.57 forty yard dash and also posted a great 37 ½ inch vertical. People continue to talk about David long Jr’s “motor” and his ability to sliver his way to the QB in the pocket. I was able to watch Will Grier live in Indianapolis at the Combine Saturday. His measurables were ok, 6’2 217 lbs and he ran a 4.84 forty with a 34 inch vertical leap. He Threw the deep ball and slant routes nicely but some of the out routes seemed to give him a little trouble. Fortunately the WVU Pro Day will give him another opportunity to impress the scouts.
These players prepared hard and hopefully what they did or didn't show on the field showed up on the Wonderlic Test. They worked hard all year, had their biggest interview. We shall see if the NFL scouts feel they did enough. Either way, they will have another shot at WVU’s Pro Day in Morgantown.