NFL Combine Trojan update

There are several former Trojan players in Indianapolis this weekend for the annual NFL Testing combine and one player who saw his stock rise is Mike Williams as he posted a pair of solid 40 times this afternoon. Click below for more.

Williams (who was measured at 6-4.5, 229) wasn't expected to run at the event and as recently as Friday was saying that he would wait until his private workout on March 10th in Tampa before participating in the 40. The track at Indy is notoriously slow and many agents recommend that their clients not run under those conditions as a slow 40 time can drastically diminish your standing (see Maurice Clarett). At some point last night, however, Mike changed his mind and elected to run. He had a few false starts but ended up being timed at 4.61 on his first attempt and 4.59 on his second.

"Those numbers will be enough for him to get drafted high," said John Jackson, former USC receiver and current radio sideline reporter for the Trojans. "By coming in under 230 pounds and running a sub-4.6 he shows that he is in shape and ready to go. He'll go out and run faster than that at his private workout just to show them he can do it but he proved what he needed to prove today. Now they can just focus on his game film and that will speak for itself."

There is a lot of speculation that Mike could go as high as the #7 pick now that the Minnesota Vikings are in need of a big receiver with the trade of Randy Moss. Williams would seem to be an excellent fit for the Vikings, he doesn't have the pure speed of Moss (who does?) but he brings the type of attitude that would seem to be a breath of fresh air for that team.

"I think the biggest thing that I'll bring to any team is a winning attitude," Williams told NFL.com. "I play hard. I compete hard. I try to make plays. I try to be a good person in the media, as far as my teammates and things like that. I really just try bring back a little of how the game used to be, like when Barry Sanders played and those guys. They're very humble. I kind of put the team first; that's more of the approach that I'll take to it."

Of course, Williams isn't the only former Trojan looking to solidify their standing at this event. Here's a look at who has checked in so far:

* Matt Grootegoed - Groots weighed in at 5-10, 218 and will take part in all drills. He said he is willing to move to safety or take part on special teams and he listed Darren Sproles, Cadillac Williams, Ronnie Brown and J.J. Arrington as the toughest competitors he faced.

* Lofa Tatupu - Lofa measured is at 5-11 7/8, 238.5 and said the combine has been more mentally draining than physically. Lofa said he knows he will need to make his mark on special teams but he referred to his father's 14 year NFL career and said he has a similar "blue-collar mentality."

* Shaun Cody - Shaun is expected to be a first-round selection and he has been receiving a lot of interest so far from San Diego, Dallas and Minnesota. Shaun measured in at 6-4, 293.

* Mike Patterson - Mike will probably join Shaun as a first day selection and the perception among scouts is that versatility is his strength. Mike measured in at 5-11.5, 292 and listed Ryan Kalil as his toughest competition.


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