Wilder Hopes to Hear His Name Called Sunday

<A HREF=[PlayerNode:1223707]>Sam Wilder</A> will be at his parents' home in Dallas this weekend to watch the NFL Draft on television. The former Colorado Buffalo hopes to hear his name called on the second day of the Draft.

Wilder and running back Bobby Purify were the only Buffs invited to the NFL Combine in Indianapolis in February. Along with defensive tackle Matt McChesney, Wilder and Purify are the three Buffs expected to have a chance at getting picked in the upcoming NFL Draft.

Wilder took part in CU's annual pro timing day March 17 and has also had individual workouts with the Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots.

At CU's Pro Timing Day, Wilder was measured just under 6-feet, 5-inches tall and 303 pounds. He had a 27-inch vertical and ran in the 5.25 40-yard dash range.

Wilder was the last player to commit to the Buffs in the 2000 class. He had verballed to Colorado State, but a night-before-Signing-Day offer from the Buffs lured him to Boulder.

He played defensive line his first three seasons, and his solid play at defensive tackle in 2002 was one of the pleasant surprises for the team that year.

The following August, however, Wilder moved to the other side of the ball. The move was both to meet a need for offensive tackles and because it was the position he would better have a chance to play professionally.

Wilder ended up starting every game at offensive tackle in 2003 and 2004. He projects at offensive tackle, or, possibly, offensive guard at the next level.

The NFL Draft is scheduled for this weekend. The first three rounds will take place Saturday, followed by the final four rounds Sunday. Wilder's agent is Tom Mills, based in Boulder, and the son of longtime sports agent Jack Mills. Wilder has heard that he could go as early as the 5th round, or could not hear his name called on Sunday and end up going the free agent route.

"It's one of those things that I'm just going to have to wait and see what happens," he said. "You never know — it could swing one way or it could swing the other way."

Wilder graduated from Colorado in December, and has been living in Boulder, keeping in shape by running, doing some bike work and playing pick up basketball.

"I get a good sweat going every day," he said.

If Wilder's name doesn't get called this weekend, the 23-year-old will likely be a priority free agent. For potential late-round picks, free agency isn't always a lesser option. Players who slip through the final rounds often get multiple free agent offers, which allows them to have more control over where they choose to try and make a team.

"There's always something good to come out of everything. That's the way I feel," Wilder said. "If I'm not drafted, the best part about it is I get to pick and choose where I want to go; I get to look at depth charts and decide where the best fit for me would be."

But he'd rather get a call from a team on the draft clock on Sunday telling him they're about to pick him.

He'll be at his folks' home in Dallas this weekend. While Wilder plans to be on the golf course Saturday, lots of family is coming over to the Wilder house Sunday to see how things unfold.

"I'll be hanging out with a couple grandmas," Wilder said. "Hopefully, things will go well enough where it'll be an exciting day."


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