Underwood impresses at RU Pro Day

With all scouts and NFL personnel salivating over Kenny Britt's first or second round potential, another wide receiver from the Rutgers football team has silently climbed up the draft boards with a pair of impressive combine performances.

After an impressive 4.41 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine last month, former Scarlet Knight wide receiver Tiquan Underwood continued to pad his workout resume with a 4.34 40-yard dash time at Rutgers Pro Combine Day.

Underwood, who participated in all drills at the event, is projected as a middle-to-late round pick in the NFL Draft this April.

"I think I put on a pretty good performance," Underwood said. "I just wanted to come out, catch the ball well, run well and just leave it all on the table."

After the way he impressed scouts at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis last month, Underwood was not expected to fully participate in drills at the Rutgers Pro Day, but chose to do so anyway to further show NFL scouts what he can do.

"I just wanted to come out and compete and just show that I'm a consistent person when it comes to running drills, just show that my times aren't fake," Underwood said. "I just wanted to prove that they're real times."

After concluding a Rutgers career with 1,831 receiving yards and 16 total touchdowns, Underwood opted to join his friend and fellow wide receiver Britt at a workout in Arizona with many other NFL Draft hopefuls.

"[Arizona] was great, it was 85 degrees every day," he said. "There were a bunch of just talented guys from Heyward-Bay, Matt Stafford, Josh Freeman, Brian Orakpo, Jason Smith, like a bunch of first round guys … I was just working out with those guys and it was a great intensity there."

After training in Arizona and participating in two combines, Underwood is now just looking forward to training for football instead of what is essentially a series of track events.

"[This type of training] is very different. You have to get in shape," Underwood said. "When you're working out for football, you have to lift hard and get ready for the season whereas we're getting ready for combine drills, so it's very different."

Between Underwood, Britt and safety Courtney Greene, the Scarlet Knights expect a minimum of three NFL Draft picks this year, something that Britt said he and Underwood had dreamed of since coming to Rutgers three and four years ago.

"Every time we stepped in the weight room he was like ‘man this is our dream since we were little kids and we're going to follow it," Britt said.

Underwood echoed Britt's statements and added that Britt is someone who has helped him immensely because of the way they push each other to succeed.

"I wouldn't say it's friendly competition, but we just push each other during workouts," Underwood said. "He's like another brother to me … That would be great [if both of us made it in the NFL]. It would be a dream come true if that happens. We've been talking about this since he was a freshman and I was a sophomore and it's almost a reality."


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