Facing the Music

Mountaineer running back Quincy Wilson thinks he was well-prepared for the NFL combine.

"I had been working out in Arizona, and I did a lot of the same things they tested us on at the combine," Wilson told BlueGoldNews.com. "It was about what I expected, and I didn't really get taken by surprise on anything."

Although Wilson didn't participate in all of the workout tasks (like many attendees, he didn't run the 40), he did fare well, at least in his opinion, on many of the other tests, both on and off the field.

Although one report had Wilson pegged as having bad hands and doing poorly on catching the ball, Wilson noted that he only dropped one pass during his workout, and that there were a number of backs who dropped three or four passes during their on-field time.

"I guess it's just a difference of opinion," Wilson said of the reports, which often conflict with each other. "I feel like I had a good workout, and I'll put any of that stuff to rest when we work at here (at West Virginia) next week."

Like many players, Wilson was somewhat mystified by the contests of the infamous Wonderlic test, which purportedly gives a profile of a player in just 50 questions, many of which have nothing to do with football.

"It was like the SAT all over again," Wilson laughed as he recalled his 12 minutes with the Wonderlic. "You have to answer as many questions as you can, and there are math problems, problem-solving things, just all kinds of different questions."

Another of the stange happenings of the combine is the "meat locker" test, where players strip to their shorts and stand on stage while scouts take notes and scrutinize their physique. Last year, Lance Nimmo likened the process to a cattle call, and Wilson agrees with that assessment.

"You take off everything except your shorts, then all these guys are looking at you and writing notes," the Weirton, W. Va., native said. "You don't know what they are writing. I think they are looking at what body type you have, whether you are in shape, what your muscles look like."

While opinions of many hangers-on and other people around the periphery of the combine are often reported as if they were the definitive word, those that matter most, those of the NFL scouts and personnel directors, are often held close to the vest.

"It was very secretive," Wilson said when asked if he has gotten any feedback from pro teams. "They really didn't tell me much of what they were thinking. My agent has gotten some calls, and the scouts will come up and tell me they will be calling, but they didn't really tell me what they thought about my performance."

Wilson will work out at a pro day at West Virginia next Wednesday with fellow Mountaineers Grant Wiley (who has been working out in California), Lance Frazier, Brian King and Tory Johnson.

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